5.5/10
858
24 user 9 critic

The Sword and the Dragon (1956)

Ilya Muromets (original title)
A mythical knight goes on an epic journey and fights barbarian hordes in an ancient land.

Director:

Aleksandr Ptushko

Writer:

Mikhail Kochnev
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Sadko (1953)
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Arriving home to find his native land under the yoke of corrupt merchants, an adventurer named Sadko sets sail in search of a mythical bird of happiness.

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko
Stars: Sergey Stolyarov, Alla Larionova, Ninel Myshkova
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Surreal Soviet-era Christmas fantasy movie.

Director: Aleksandr Rou
Stars: Aleksandr Khvylya, L. Myznikova, Yuri Tavrov
Adventure | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Based on Russian poet Alexander Pushkin's fairy tale poem of the same name. In the midst of the wedding party of Prince Ruslan and Ludmila, Ludmila is kidnapped by an evil sorcerer. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko
Stars: Valeri Kozinets, Natalya Petrova, Vladimir Fyodorov
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Based on Finnish mythology, this movie traces the exploits of Lemminkainen as he woos the fair Annikki and battles the evil witch Louhi. Louhi kidnaps Annikki to compel her father to build ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko
Stars: Urho Somersalmi, Anna Orochko, Ivan Voronov
Alye parusa (1961)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A little girl Assol met a wizard and it has been foretold: "... it will be a fine sunny day when a beautiful ship under scarlet sail comes and the noble prince will take you away from here.... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko
Stars: Anastasiya Vertinskaya, Vasiliy Lanovoy, Yelena Cheremshanova
Viy (1967)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.

Directors: Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov
Stars: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A beautiful maiden, Marya Morevna, gives her prospective prospective husband, the mighty warrior Nikita Kozhemyaka, three riddles to solve before she'll marry him. Before he can tell her ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Rou
Stars: Aleksandr Shirshov, Georgiy Millyar, Sergey Stolyarov
Charodei (TV Movie 1982)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In a small Russian town, there is a Research Institute for magic. One of the witches, Alyona Sanina, is going to marry a guy named Ivan Puhov (not a magician). A jealous Apollon Sataneev ... See full summary »

Director: Konstantin Bromberg
Stars: Aleksandra Yakovleva-Aasmyae, Aleksandr Abdulov, Yekaterina Vasilyeva
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Former political inmates Sergei and Nikolai live as exiles in a remote Siberian village. After the general Soviet gulag amnesty of 1953 8 pardoned common criminals terrorize the inhabitants.

Director: Aleksandr Proshkin
Stars: Valeriy Priyomykhov, Anatoliy Papanov, Viktor Stepanov
Gargoyles (TV Movie 1972)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An anthropologist/paleontologist and his daughter, while travelling through the southwestern U.S., stumble upon a colony of living, breathing gargoyles.

Director: Bill Norton
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Jennifer Salt, Grayson Hall
Fate of a Man (1959)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk
Stars: Sergey Bondarchuk, Pavel Boriskin, Zinaida Kirienko
Don Kikhot (1957)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Senor Quexana has read so many books on chivalry that he believes that he is the knight Don Quixote de la Mancha. So Don Quixote sets off on his horse, accompanied by his squire Sancho ... See full summary »

Director: Grigoriy Kozintsev
Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Yuriy Tolubeev, Serafima Birman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Andreyev ... Ilja Muromets
Shukur Burkhanov ... Tsar Kalin
Andrei Abrikosov ... Prince Vladimir [Prince Vanda, US]
Natalya Medvedeva ... Princess Apraksia (as N. Medvedeva)
Ninel Myshkova ... Vasilisa [Vilya, US] (as Nelli Myshkova)
Sergey Martinson ... Mishatychka (as Sergei Martinson)
Georgi Dyomin Georgi Dyomin ... Dobrynya Nikitich
Aleksandr Shvorin ... Sokolnichek
Nikolay Glazkov Nikolay Glazkov ... Plenchishye
Vladimir Solovyov ... Kassyan (as V. Solovyov)
Mikhail Pugovkin ... Razumets
Sergey Stolyarov ... Aljoscha Popovich
Shamshi Tyumenbayev ... (as Sh. Tyumenbayev)
Sadykbek Dzhamanov Sadykbek Dzhamanov ... Sartak (as S. Dzhamanov)
Vsevolod Tyagushev ... Sbrodovich (as V. Tyagushev)
Edit

Storyline

Ilya is a cripple without the use of his legs. When he aids some weary travellers, they surprise him by giving him a potion that restores his legs. He immediately becomes powerful and sets off to prove himself to his King. Doing so, he fights the evil Tugars, a wind demon that looks like a cross between a goblin and The Noid, a zeppelin-like ambassador, and the evil Tugars. Ilya gets framed for a crime he didn't commit, then is freed, then finally dispatches the Tugars and their dragon. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A cast of 106,000! 11,000 horses! See more »

Genres:

Fantasy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

16 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sword and the Dragon See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Mosfilm restoration of this feature was completed in 2001. See more »

Alternate Versions

A video release includes an American-made video (as opposed to film) prologue with an American family. The purpose of the prologue seems to have been to encourage younger viewers to read. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cheezy Fantasy Trailers (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Surreal. . .Bizarre. . .you gotta love it
19 December 2001 | by wforstchenSee all my reviews

Just sit back and assume you are going to see something so strange that you'll either flee to reruns of Beastmaster, or fall in love with an enchanting film unlike anything you've ever seen. Its an old Soviet production from the mid fifties, filled with overacting in the best traditions of social realist acting, and that indeed is part of the charm. But it is so much more, a child like wonder land of wind demons, magic swords, squirrels beating on mushrooms like bongo drums, and some of the best darn villians ever created. I first saw this in a theater when I was a kid and fell in love with the tale, so much so that it actually impacted my life in a major way. I wound up in a library, a ten year old wanting to read about Russian history, folktales, and above all else, the Mongols, who are the bad guys in the film. Well, I now spend my summers in Mongolia working on archaeological digs, have wandered around Russia doing the same, and though I teach American history on the college level, this film triggered a life long love of the exotic world of old Rus and the "Tugar," i.e. Mongol Hordes. . .along with the science fiction novels I write in which a Mongol like Horde are the major antagonists. For that alone I'm grateful to the weird genius of Ptushko, the director of this and several other equally strange movies. When I ran a college film series as a student I ordered this one up for what I guess you could call a "stoner's night," the old routine of strange cartoons, "Reefer Madness," and such. Everyone went nuts over "The Sword and the Dragon," and said it was the best of the night! Some of my favorite moments, the tower of human bodies, the great dancing girl routine, the 1000 lb envoy, the dancing squirrel, the wind demon, and the beautiful entry scene in the the court of Prince Vander. . .a moment as beautiful as any put on film and one of a couple of songs that are in Russian. So, go ahead and call it goofy. . .it might haunt your nightmares, you might just freak, call me a nut and turn it off in ten minutes. . .or you might get haunted by the film and watch it again and again. "Bravo Ilya Murometz!"


19 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed