Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Leonid Gaidai: The Diamond Arm - Бриллиантовая рука (1968)

The Diamond Arm (1968)

Director: Leonid Gaidai.
Cast: Yuri Nikulin, Nina Grebeshkova, Andrei Mironov, Anatoly Papanov, Stanislav Chekan, Nonna Mordyukova, Svetlana Svetlichnaya, Vladimir Gulyayev, Grigory Shpigel, Leonid Kanevsky, Roman Filippov, Igor Yasulovich, Andrei Fait, Alexander Khvylia.

The Diamond Arm is a 1968 Soviet comedy film filmed by Mosfilm and first released in 1968. The film was directed by slapstick director Leonid Gaidai and starred several famous Soviet actors, including Yuri Nikulin, Andrei Mironov, Anatoli Papanov, Nonna Mordyukova and Svetlana Svetlichnaya. The Diamond Arm has become a Russian cult film. It was also one of the all-time leaders at the Soviet box office with over 76,700,000 theatre admissions in the Soviet era. ...

Arguably one of the finest comedies of its time, The Diamond Arm follows “ordinary Soviet citizen” Semyon Gorbunkov (played by the legendary Yuri Nikulin) as he becomes the center of a diamond heist mix-up after two inept henchmen, Kozodoyev and Lyolik, mistake him for their courier on a cruise ship. Gorbunkov gets forced into an orthopedic cast with the contraband diamonds inside, and when the ship returns to the Soviet Union, he reveals what happened to the militsiya. Hilarity ensues as the militsiya captain goes undercover as a taxi driver and tries to use Gorbunkov as bait to catch the criminals. Meanwhile, Gorbunkov starts to see trouble at home when his wife suspects that he’s either having an affair… or he’s been recruited as a foreign spy. Since its 1968 debut, The Diamond Arm has since passed innumerable phrases like “Idiot is forever” and “I’m not a coward… But I’m scared…” into mainstream Russian culture. >>>

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