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Ilya Muromets

Ilya Muromets (1960)


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Release Date: Nov 16, 1960 Wide



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The original Russian title of The Sword and the Dragon was Ilya Muromets. Boris Andreyev plays the title character, a legendary Russian hero of the Middle Ages. Fact and fantasy meld copacetically as Muromets does battle not only with human adversaries but with three-headed, fire-breathing dragons and other such obstacles. Special effects in Soviet films of the 1950s generally seem to be of the "Howdy Doody" school; not so the effects in Sword and the Dragon, which retain their razzle and dazzle

Jun 21, 2005

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A costly Russian yarn that, to be fair, might have been a decent watch in its original tongue. But this dubbed edit (trivia note: a pre-60 Minutes Mike Wallace provides the narration!) is too clunky to be taken seriously.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
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[font=Century Gothic]In "Ilya Muromets," the Tartars arrive in town for their occasional looting and pillaging, taking Vasilisa(Nelli Myshkova) with them. Her love Ilya Muromets(Boris Andreyev) can do nothing to stop them since he is paralyzed. Soon after, a group of pilgrims show up and not only heal him, but also endow him with superhuman strength.(At this point, Ilya faces his greatest test when is interrogated by a pack of feral sportswriters.) Not content to simply plow the land, he heads off to Kiev to sign up with Prince Vladimir's(Andrei Abrikosov) resistance who has his doubts until Ilya dispatches the Tartar ambassador sent by Tsar Kalin(Shukur Burkhanov).[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Ilya Muromets" is a corny and ludicrous movie that fails even as nationalistic propoganda as it makes the Tartars out to be particularly cartoonish. Everything imaginable short of the kitchen sink is on display but the action is never grounded in any sort of human emotion. And while I would never stoop to pick on primitive special effects, bad editing is quite another matter.[/font]
February 19, 2009
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