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Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967)

Kavkazskaya plennitsa, ili Novye priklyucheniya Shurika (original title)
A young student Shurik comes to a remote mountainous region in search of ancient legends and traditions. Fooled by the corrupt local governor, he helps him to kidnap a beautiful young girl, but soon realizes what he's done.

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Leonid Gaidai
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksandr Demyanenko ... Shurik
Natalya Varley ... Nina
Ruslan Akhmetov ... Edik
Yuriy Nikulin ... Booby
Georgiy Vitsin ... Coward
Evgeniy Morgunov ... Experienced
Vladimir Etush ... Comrade Saakhov
Mher Mkrtchyan ... Gabriel, Nina's uncle (as Frunzik Mkrtchyan)
Nina Grebeshkova ... doctor
Mikhail Gluzskiy ... Hotel clerk
Georgiy Millyar ... Hospitable host, a lover of dominoes
Emmanuil Geller
Pyotr Repnin
Noy Avaliani Noy Avaliani ... (as N. Avaliani)
Donara Mkrtchyan ... Gabriel's wife (as D. Mkrtchyan)
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Storyline

In this comic story, nerdy Shurik travels to the Caucasus in search of native legends and folklore. But what he finds is a beautiful girl whom, due to intoxication and deceit of the local "gang", he ends up literally stealing for the local deceitful governor. All the time Shurik thinks that it is all just a one old Caucasian custom. When he, finally, realizes what he did he goes out in search for the girl of his dreams. Written by Ptah Hoteb <ptah_@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

3 April 1967 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Kidnapping Caucassian Style See more »

Filming Locations:

Ai-Petri, Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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Budget:

RUR25,313 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The censors of Goskino had decided to prevent the film's release but Leonid Brezhnev, who was sworn in as the Soviet president less than a year before, saw the film and expressed his fondness for Leonid Gaidai's work. Due to Brezhnev's appreciation, the censors reconsidered their initial decision and the movie was officially released. See more »

Goofs

When the kidnappers are running through the forest chased by a wild bear, the bear has a leather collar around its neck. See more »

Quotes

Nina's uncle: And I want a free tour ticket.
comrade Saakhov: To Siberia!
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Soundtracks

Pesenka o medvedyakh
("A Song about Bears")
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Aida Vedishcheva
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Silly but enjoyable
17 September 1999 | by SMalamudSee all my reviews

Not the best of Gaidai's creations, but still pretty good. Demyanenko was never much of an actor but he has exactly the kind of goodhearted-idiot look about himself to make his Shurik one of the favorite characters in Russian cinematography. Nikulin, Morgunov and Vitsin are back as the Keystone Kops-like trio of bumbling villains and they are quite funny, as always. Secondary characters of this musical comedy set in the Caucasus mountains are the exotic and colorful locals who are hysterical with their offbeat drinking toasts and fancy manner of speech. Once again, non-Russians won't get most of the ethnic humor (which is the best part of the movie - those toasts have become real classics), but the rest is just slapstick comedy, quite old by now, but I guess it was OK for the 60's. Very good music, especially Nina's "Polar Bears" song.


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