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The Barber of Siberia (1998)

Sibirskiy tsiryulnik (original title)
At the turn of the century, a young Russian cadet falls in love with an American beauty, endangering his career and even their lives.

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Nikita Mikhalkov

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Nikita Mikhalkov (story), Rustam Ibragimbekov (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Ormond ... Dzheyn (as Dzhuliya Ormond)
Oleg Menshikov ... Tolstoy
Aleksey Petrenko ... Radlov
Richard Harris ... Makkreken (as Richard Kharris)
Vladimir Ilin ... Mokin
Marat Basharov Marat Basharov ... Polievskiy
Nikita Tatarenkov Nikita Tatarenkov ... Alibekov
Georgiy Dronov ... Nazarov
Artyom Mikhalkov Artyom Mikhalkov ... Buturlin
Daniel Olbrychski ... Kopnovskiy (as Daniel Olbrykhskiy)
Marina Neyolova ... Mat Tolstogo
Avangard Leontev ... Dyadya Nikolya
Anna Mikhalkova ... Dunyasha
Robert Hardy ... Forsten (as Robert Khardi)
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Perepelkina (as Elizabet Spriggs)
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Storyline

Douglas is a foreign entrepreneur, who ventures to Russia in 1885 with dreams of selling a new, experimental steam-driven timber harvester in the wilds of Siberia. Jane is his assistant, who falls in love with a young Russian officer, André, and spends the next ten years perfecting the harvester, and pursuing her love, who has been exiled to Siberia. Written by http://xpress.inforis.nnov.su/n-nov/nn-update/1996-11/barber.html.k

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He's Russian. That explains a lot.


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Language:

Russian | English | French | German

Release Date:

20 February 1999 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,634,218
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For the scenes showing the Kremlin, the luminescent stars on the top of the building's towers had to be turned off, as the story takes place in 1885, and the stars were installed in the 1930s. This was the second of two times the stars were ever turned off, the first one being during World War II, when the Kremlin was camouflaged by turning off all of its lights. See more »

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American soldiers wear gas masks, which were not used by troops until WWI. In the US Army, they appeared first in 1917. See more »

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Dzheyn: I'm one of those women your mother must have warned you about.
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A very nice movie
11 September 1999 | by radlovSee all my reviews

I must have an extremely bad taste. Most professional critics have written devastating comments on this movie. I just loved it, all 180 minutes of it! Of course, according to the rules, you should not mix slapstick and serious drama. Mikhalkov does it and the result completely vindicates him, I feel. Critics should not forget that cinema is about entertainment. They blame Mikhalkov because he did not make another high brow artistic movie like « Burnt by the sun ». I liked both movies equally well, different as they are. Critics say Mikhalkov presented a phony image of old Russia. Of course, his billboard image of tsarist Russia is not devoid of clichés and camp, but what a glorious camp it is! Mikhalkov is accused of painting a much too rosy picture of old Russia. But are the Russians (and other people) not entitled to some glimpses of the beautiful Russia that could have been, but somehow never seems able to materialize in this century of gloom ? The critics point out that the movie has a lot of formal weaknesses. To the heck with the critics ! This movie may not have a very deep message, but I think it illustrates, in a poetic way, the difficulty Russians and Westerners have at understanding each other. Either you love this movie, or you ‘d better leave it . When you look at the viewer voting results, you see that three quarters of those who voted on this movie adore it (scores 8-10), while the others loathe it (scores 1-4). Apparently it is a movie you can't be indifferent about.


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