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Delovye lyudi (1963)

Two bandits learn that kidnapping is a very profitable business. So they decide to kidnap local rich person's son in hope to get a substantial ransom.

Director:

Leonid Gaidai (as L. Gayday)

Writers:

Leonid Gaidai (as L. Gayday), O. Henry (stories)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rostislav Plyatt ... Khozyain kvartiry (segment "Makes the Whole World Kin") (as R. Plyatt)
Georgiy Vitsin ... avantyurist Sam (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief") (as G. Vitsin)
Yuriy Nikulin ... vor (segment "Makes the Whole World Kin") (as Yu. Nikulin)
Aleksei Smirnov ... Bill Driskoll (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief") (as A. Smirnov)
Vladlen Paulus ... Akula Dodson (segment "The Roads We Take") (as V. Paulus)
Aleksandr Shvorin ... Bob Tidball (segment "The Roads We Take") (as A. Shvorin)
Viktor Gromov ... Mr. Williams (segment "The Roads We Take") (as V. Gromov)
Sergey Tikhonov ... Boy Johnny Dorset (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief") (as Seryozha Tikhonov)
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Two bandits learn that kidnapping is a very profitable business. So they decide to kidnap local rich person's son in hope to get a substantial ransom.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Western

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

27 May 1963 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The segment "The Ransom of Red Chief" was shown in the United States in an English-dubbed version on "The CBS Children's Film Festival" in 1967. See more »

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Best screen version of O.Henry
3 July 2001 | by hmsgroopSee all my reviews

The film has three parts, each of them a screen version of "The Roads We Take", "The Ransom of Red Chief" and (sorry, I forget the exact title) a story of a burglar suffering from rheumatism who stumbles into the owner of the house he attempts to rob, and he happens to be a rheumatic, too. The film has an all-star cast. I've never seen anybody better than Vitsin as Sam and Smirnov as Bill, and the kid is simply holy terror, absolutely unrivalled. Though the film is black-and-white, it doesn't spoil the film any. Side-splitting and a real pleasure to watch the actors play.


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