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Ninotchka (1939)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 23 November 1939 (USA)
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A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Charles Brackett (screen play), Billy Wilder (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Nina Ivanovna Yakushova aka Ninotchka
Melvyn Douglas ... Count Leon d'Algout
Ina Claire ... Grand Duchess Swana
Bela Lugosi ... Commissar Razinin
Sig Ruman ... Comrade Iranoff (as Sig Rumann)
Felix Bressart ... Comrade Buljanoff
Alexander Granach ... Comrade Kopalski
Gregory Gaye ... Count Alexis Rakonin
Rolfe Sedan Rolfe Sedan ... Hotel Manager
Edwin Maxwell ... Mercier
Richard Carle ... Gaston
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Storyline

Only the royal suite at the grandest hotel in Paris has a safe large enough for the jewels of the Grand Duchess Swana. So the three Russians who have come to sell the jewels settle into the suite until a higher ranking official is dispatched to find out what is delaying the sale. She is Ninotchka, a no nonsense woman who fascinates Count Leon who had been the faithful retainer of the Grand Duchess. The Grand Duchess will give up all claim to the jewels if Ninotchka will fly away from the count. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ninotschka See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,365,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Curiously enough, this was the very movie Arnold Schwarzenegger studied when he was trying to find his character for Red Heat (1988). The exercise - emulate Greta Garbo - was recommended to him by his director Walter Hill. See more »

Goofs

When Ninotchka tells a funny story, objects on the desk change positions. See more »

Quotes

Iranoff: What a charming idea for Moscow to surprise us with a Lady Comrade.
Comrade Kopalski: If we had known, we would have greeted you with flowers!
Ninotchka: Don't make an issue of my womanhood. We're here to work, all of us.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Bed & Board (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Ça c'est Paris
(uncredited)
Music by José Padilla
Lyrics by Lucien Boyer and Jacques Charles
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A GREAT FILM CLASSIC!
30 January 2003 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Ninotchka is a great film classic with great acting by Melvyn Douglas, who really supports Greta Garbo. Garbo is an actress with class and great abilities not found in movie stars today, she was ahead of her times, deep and spiritual. Her supporting actors, Sig Ruman used every expression he could to portray a fumbling Russian and Bela Lugosi showed the movie industry that he had great acting abilities he was never given a chance show to his many fans.

This film shows aspiring actors just how to perform to the highest level of their art.


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