Neveroyatnye priklyucheniya italyantsev v Rossii (1974) Movie

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Soviet Union

Ratings / Votes
7.5/ 10 (1280 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica [it]
Mosfilm [suhh]
Produzioni Cinematografiche Inter. Ma. Co. [it]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Italy) - 31 January 1974
(East Germany) - 11 July 1975
(Hungary) - 6 November 1975
(Portugal) - 12 August 1977

Running Time


death-of-mother, italy, russia,

Technical Support
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.37 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Ballista, Gigi as (as Luigi Ballista) [Dottore]
  2. Cimarosa, Tano as [Rosario Agrò] <5>
  3. Davoli, Ninetto as [Giuseppe] <2>
  4. Evstigneev, Evgeni as <7>
  5. Grachyov, Valentin as (as Valya Grachyov)
  6. King (XI) as [Lion]
  7. Lukyanov, Aleksandr (I) as
  8. Mikhajlov, Yuri (I) as (as Yu. Mikhajlov)
  9. Mironov, Andrey as <1>
  10. Noschese, Alighiero as [Antonio Lo Mazzo] <4>
  11. Runge, Boris as
  12. Vinogradov, Valeri as (as V. Vinogradov)
  13. Aroseva, Olga as <8>
  14. Isayeva, Zoya as (as Z. Isayeva)
  15. Nekrasova, Ella as (as E. Nekrasova)
  16. Santilli, Antonia as [Olga] <3>
  17. Sciutto, Franca as
  18. Vikkel, Larisa as (as L. Vikkel)


  1. Adventure
  2. Comedy

Full Plot

In Italy, a dying woman tells her granddaughter that she hid her treasure many years ago in Russia, in the city of Leningrad. Other people (who were around when she died) also learn about it. Thus several people arrive in Leningrad trying to find the treasure, each one for himself/herself. What's worse - the only information they have is that the treasure is under a lion - and it's in Leningrad, a city known by its numerous statues of lions. The story gets even more interesting when the soviet militia (police) learns about the whole thing and send an undercover agent... Boris Shafir Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 49,200,000 (Soviet Union)

Music Composers

  1. Rustichelli, Carlo

Film Editors

  1. Brozhovskaya, Inessa


  1. Calia, Marisa (script supervisor)

Other Titles

  1. Die unglaubwürdigen Abenteuer der Italiener in Russland (1974) (ENG)
    (West Germany) (cable TV title)

  2. Una matta, matta, matta corsa in Russia (1974) (ENG)

  3. Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia (1974) (ENG)

  4. Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia (1974) (ENG)
    (International: English title) (imdb display title)

    (Soviet Union: Russian title) (original Cyrillic KOI8-R title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Moscow, Russia
  2. Rome, Lazio, Italy
  3. St. Petersburg, Russia
  4. Ulyanovsk, Russia - (landing on the highway)


- A lion named King who starred in the movie was shot during filming by a policeman who thought that the lion attacked a teenager. In reality, a teenager was bothering lion who in turn went and knocked a teenager off his feet, as he was taught to do for the movie.

- The film was produced to cover Dino De Laurentiis outstanding debts to Mosfilm studios for services rendered to production of Waterloo (1970) by Sergei Bondarchuk produced by De Laurentiis.

- Producer Dino De Laurentiis was not committed to the film to such an extent that he tried to cut the living expenses of the large Russian crew while shooting on location in Italy. He also demanded that a very small number of takes should be shot to reduce lab bills. This resulted in a crew going on strike. He also vetoed casting of Italian big names stars such as Alberto Sordi Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinal and Sophia Loren. This decision backfired when the finished film was presented to Paramount for a possible distribution deal. Paramount bosses told De Laurentiis that the film could have been a great international success if well-known international stars had been cast.