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Love and Death (1975)

In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon.

Director:

Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Boris
Diane Keaton ... Sonja
Georges Adet Georges Adet ... Old Nehamkin
Robinson Frank Adu Robinson Frank Adu ... Drill Sergeant (as Frank Adu)
Edmond Ardisson ... Priest
Féodor Atkine ... Mikhail (as Feodor Atkine)
Albert Augier Albert Augier ... Waiter
Yves Barsacq Yves Barsacq ... Rimsky (as Yves Barsaco)
Lloyd Battista ... Don Francisco
Jack Berard Jack Berard ... General Lecoq
Eva Betrand Eva Betrand ... Woman Hygiene Class
George Birt George Birt ... Doctor
Yves Brainville Yves Brainville ... Andre
Gérard Buhr ... Servant (as Gerard Buhr)
Brian Coburn Brian Coburn ... Dimitri
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Storyline

In Russia, Boris Grushenko is in love with his pseudo-intellectual cousin Sonja, who loves him since he too is a pseudo-intellectual, but she is not in love with him. Instead she is in love with his brother Ivan. But as Ivan doesn't seem to return her affections, she is determined to marry someone - anyone - except Boris. If that person isn't the perfect husband, then she has to find a suitable lover in addition. Boris' pursuit of Sonja has to take a back seat in his life when he, a pacifist and coward, is forced to join the Russian Army to battle Napoleon's forces which have just invaded Austria. Despite Sonja not being in the picture while he's away at war, Boris' thoughts do not stray totally from women. Although they take these two divergent paths in their lives, those paths cross once again as they, together, both try to find the perfect spouse and lover, and try to assassinate Napoleon. Written by Huggo

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The Comedy Sensation of the Year!

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1975 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La última noche de Boris Grushenko See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,123,742

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,123,742
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The shots of the lion statues edited into the love scene between Boris and the Countess, and the shot of the soldier being shot in the eye through his glasses are parodies of similar statues in Battleship Potemkin (1925), shown during the Odessa Steps massacre scene. See more »

Goofs

In the battle scenes the infantry use percussion cap muskets, which were not invented until after the Napoleonic Wars. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boris: How I got into this predicament I'll never know. Absolutely incredible. To be executed for a crime I never committed. Of course, isn't all mankind in the same boat? Isn't all mankind ultimately executed for a crime it never committed? The difference is that all men go eventually, but I go six o'clock tomorrow morning. I was supposed to go at five o'clock but I have a smart lawyer. Got leniency.
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Crazy Credits

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev is listed in the credits as "S. Prokofiev," just the way he would have been listed in the credits of a Russian film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The MGM DVD release deletes the pre-title Prokofiev overture. See more »

Connections

References Crime and Punishment (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

The Magic Flute Overture, K620
(1791) (uncredited)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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User Reviews

 
A great woody flick, one of his better ones
27 August 2005 | by PersianPlaya408See all my reviews

This Woody Allen flick is by far the funniest of his that I have seen thus far, although i don't think its as good as a film as Annie Hall or The Purple Rose of Cairo, both which I consider masterpieces of Woody's, Love and death is still a brilliant film. The story of Boris Grushenko (Allen), a Russian who is caught up in the invasion of the french lead by Napoleon (Tolkan). Meanwhile he also loves Sonja (Keaton), a girl who has confusions of her own. The film is written brilliantly, great dialogues and wit, its truly offbeat humor, the funniest from Woody. Although his direction here is a bit weird, and at times the plot is not believable at all and obviously satirical, the performances and great dialogues make it work. It was a bit redundant and had a bit too much slapstick at times but still enjoyable. Watching this film, truly had me laughing throughout. Woody was perfect in his role, probably my favorite acting from him along with his acting in Annie Hall. Diane Keaton was also great here, not as good as her other work in this decade (GF, GF2 and Annie Hall), however still great here. James Tolkan was also great as Napoleon. 9/10 #91 on list of all time favorite films


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