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Say a Word for the Poor Hussar (1981)

O bednom gusare zamolvite slovo (original title)
In the 19th century Russia, the life of entire provincial town changes both comedic and dramatically after the arrival of high-ranked secret police officer, investigating an anonymous accusation of state treason.

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Eldar Ryazanov
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evgeniy Leonov ... Bubentsov, actor
Oleg Basilashvili ... Graf Merzlyayev
Valentin Gaft ... Colonel Pokrovsky
Georgiy Burkov ... Artyuhov, Merzlyayev's servant
Irina Mazurkevich ... Nastya, Bubentsov's daughter
Stanislav Sadalskiy ... cornet Pletnev
Zinoviy Gerdt ... Parrot seller
Viktor Pavlov ... Gendarme
Valeriy Nosik ... cornet Simpomponchik
Nikolay Kochegarov ... Cornet
Valeriy Pogoreltsev ... Cornet
Natalya Gundareva ... Joujou
Svetlana Nemolyaeva ... Zizi
Liya Akhedzhakova ... Loulou
Valentina Talyzina ... Aunt Anya, actress (Emilia)
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The arrival of a hussar regiment stirs a small town into life. The love of cornet Pletnev for the young actress Nastenka unexpectedly intertwines with the machinations of Merzlyayev, an official on a visit from St. Petersburg to monitor the hussars' loyalty.

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Druzyam
Written by Andrei Petrov and Pyotr Vyazemsky
Performed by Andrey Mironov
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One of the best Soviet films
17 April 2010 | by schahmatistSee all my reviews

This movie is one of my favorites. It's extremely intelligent, funny, hilarious, sad, musical, graceful, nostalgic, beautiful comedy, with brilliant actors, incredible script, and a very special mood.

The plot takes place in 19-th century in a military hussar regiment, which spends few days in a provincial Russian town. A high profile Secret Service agent has a task to investigate if this regiment is loyal to the Tzar. The agent finds an actor who agrees to play a role of a captured rebel. Agent's plan is to test regiment's hussars ordering them to execute (shoot to death) this false rebel. Everything is staged, but hussars think it's a real execution...

It's about honor, friendship, love, youth. It shows in depth few terrific characters, it makes you think and feel, and laugh. On the surface it's a satire against Czar Russia, but this satire is even more relevant for any totalitarian society and especially for Soviet Union. Acting in this movie is unbelievably great, so is the script and the story.

Also most importantly: unlike many other Soviet movies, you do NOT have to be Russian to understand and enjoy its humor and points.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

1 January 1981 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Say a Word for Poor Cavalrymen See more »

Filming Locations:

Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Mosfilm, Telefilm See more »
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1.37 : 1
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