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Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)

Kavkazskaya plennitsa, ili Novye priklyucheniya Shurika (original title)
A young student Shurik comes to a remote mountainous region in search of ancient legends and traditions. Fooled by the corrupt local governor, he helps him to kidnap a beautiful young girl, but soon realizes what he's done.

Director:

Leonid Gaidai
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksandr Demyanenko ... Shurik
Natalya Varley ... Nina
Ruslan Akhmetov ... Edik
Yuriy Nikulin ... Booby
Georgiy Vitsin ... Coward
Evgeniy Morgunov ... Experienced
Vladimir Etush ... Comrade Saakhov
Mher Mkrtchyan ... Gabriel, Nina's uncle (as Frunzik Mkrtchyan)
Nina Grebeshkova ... doctor
Mikhail Gluzskiy ... Hotel clerk
Georgiy Millyar ... Hospitable host, a lover of dominoes
Emmanuil Geller
Pyotr Repnin
Noy Avaliani Noy Avaliani ... (as N. Avaliani)
Donara Mkrtchyan ... Gabriel's wife (as D. Mkrtchyan)
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In this comic story, nerdy Shurik travels to the Caucasus in search of native legends and folklore. But what he finds is a beautiful girl whom, due to intoxication and deceit of the local "gang", he ends up literally stealing for the local deceitful governor. All the time Shurik thinks that it is all just a one old Caucasian custom. When he, finally, realizes what he did he goes out in search for the girl of his dreams. Written by Ptah Hoteb <ptah_@hotmail.com>

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Trivia

Yuriy Nikulin and Evgeniy Morgunov initially refused to be part of the film as they felt the screenplay was too unrealistic. See more »

Goofs

When the kidnappers are running through the forest chased by a wild bear, the bear has a leather collar around its neck. See more »

Quotes

[Comrade Saakhov is negotiating with Nina's uncle to buy her as his bride. Her uncle demands 25 rams. Saakhov pretests that the region has not yet met the Soviet quota for fleeces]
Nina's uncle: Aren't you confusing your own fleece with the State's?
comrade Saakhov: I, among other things, Comrade Jabrial, was appointed here to watch over State interests. You'd better sit down.
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Soundtracks

Esli b ya byl sultan
("If I Was a Sultan")
Music by Aleksandr Zatsepin
Lyrics by Yakov Kostyukovskiy and Moris Slobodskoy
Performed by Yuriy Nikulin (solo), Georgiy Vitsin and Evgeniy Morgunov
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Probably the best Soviet comedy.
20 December 2003 | by ybelov-2See all my reviews

Probably the best Soviet comedy, loved by all Russians, be they now capitalists, communists, nationalists or whatever. Star actors of our cinema. Many lines have become sayings in Russian. The Caucasus of the Soviet times, gone forever... 10/10.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

3 April 1967 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Kidnapping Caucassian Style See more »

Filming Locations:

Ai-Petri, Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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Budget:

RUR25,313 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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