The Diamond Arm' Russia DVD, Leonid Gaidai (1968), New & Sealed.
This movie was never intended for foreign audiences. It is simply way too Russian (or too Soviet, actually) to be funny for anyone not familiar with the realities of local life. Most of the real comedy comes from Mironov and Papanov, who play hilarious villains on the track to recover stolen jewels, mistakenly put into Nikulin's arm cast. Russian-speaking audiences will enjoy Papanov's one-of-a-kind 'Ukrainian' accent, but the jokes are too ethnic for anyone else to understand. Nikulin (a circus clown turned great comic actor) isn't particularly believable in an unfamiliar role of a good guy (his characters usually also were drunken and hilarious crooks), but turns in an adequate performance. Mironov is at his usual fast-talking, silly self, and Papanov is a riot. Mordyukova steals several scenes in a small role of a house superintendant, a towering woman with a thunderous voice. Overall, a terrific Soviet comedy, the kind they simply don't make anymore.
Director: Leonid Gaidai
Yuri Nikulin .... Semyon Gorbunkov
Nina Grebeshkova .... Nadezhda Gorbunkova
Andrei Mironov .... Gennady Kozodoev
Anatoli Papanov .... Lyolik
Stanislav Chekan .... Captain Mikhail Ivanovich
Vladimir Gulyayev .... Lieutenant Volodya
Nonna Mordyukova .... Superintendent
Svetlana Svetlichnaya .... Anna the Temptress
Roman Filippov .... Man in the Restaurant
Grigori Shpigel .... Main Foreign Smuggler
Leonid Kanevsky .... Assisstant Foreign Smuggler
Igor Yasulovich .... Dog Owner
Maksim Nikulin .... Boy, 'Walking on Water'
Aleksandra Lisyutina .... Gorbunkov's Daughter (as Sashenka)
Aleksandr Khvylya .... Weeping Willow' Maitre dHotel
Coding: All Region Code / NTSC Format
Video: 16:9 Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo / AC-3 / 5.1 Surround Sound
Languages: English / Chinese / Russia / France
Subtitles: English / Chinese / Russia / France (Removable)
Runtime: 100 Mins.