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1612 (2007)

Pyotr Kislov , Artur Smolyaninov , Vladimir Khotinenko  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pyotr Kislov, Artur Smolyaninov, Ramon Langa, Mikhail Zhebrovskiy, Violetta Davydovska
  • Directors: Vladimir Khotinenko
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,111 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "1612" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

“Reminiscent of Lord of the Rings” –Sunday Herald

After the brutal slaughter of Tsar Boris Godunov and his family, Russia descends into chaos. Guided by faith and mysticism, Andrey, the only witness to the massacre, transforms himself from servant to cavalier and sets off on a quest to save Princess Ksenia, the missing daughter of Godunov. Andrey joins forces with Prince Pozharski, the people’s army leader, and faces down the Polish army in an explosive, blood-soaked battle for Moscow.

Includes Over 45 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Bonus Material:
Making-of Featurette, Photo Gallery

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131 of 138 people found the following review helpful
1612 takes place during the time of troubles in Russia and is loosely based on history. It could be called the "time of troubles" not only because a foreign army is occupying the country, but also because there isn't clear leadership to bring them out of the mess. The film doesn't try to be a strict historical film but an adventure that will capture the hearts of the audience. The movie mixes history with mystical and legendary elements; namely, one reoccurring subject is that of unicorns. Even with that said, I could say with a straight face that it doesn't go too far with this into fairly tale land as most parts with unicorns are in dreams or visions.

Polish invaders murdered the royal family but the Polish Hetman (Michal Zebrowski) spared the life of Princess Kseniya, whom he loves and sees as a way to become Czar himself. Andrei (Pyotr Kislov), who also loves Kseniya, ends up as a servant and then mercenary of the Polish Hetman, witnessed the murders and makes it his goal to overthrow the invaders and free the Princess. The love triangle between the three is the crux of much of the conflict.

The villains of this story are the Poles, who wear armor with wings giving them the look of angels, but they strike with fierceness that is more demonic than angelic. Interestingly enough, the Polish Hetman is actually a famous Polish actor, which adds a bit to the realism to the film. To some degree this film is anti-Polish in nature and is not entirely historically accurate but we are reminded that this movie isn't a documentary from time to time by the unicorns. Even with that said, I still think the movie is a lot of fun.

1612 rivals the best historical films in both story and special effects.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars legend, a grand tradition March 23, 2009
Based in history, 1612 tells the true tale, which has now grown into legendary proportion, of the fight for Russia in the early 1600's after the country fell into choas following the murder of the czar and his family. With a 'cast of thousands' portrayal, and mysticism cast throughout, the tale is centered on the saving of a young princess by a young boy. However, the epic battles compete with the best epic battles in film history, and the stunning filming is simply glorious to experience.

If you are a fan of history, this is a spectacular epic to view. If you are a fan of epic battles, this is a must-see experience, from the heated cannonballs to the man-to-man fighting.

1612 was sanctioned by and underwritten by the Kremlin, so important a film it was to be created.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action on an Epic Scale May 25, 2009
"1612" is a sprawling epic in the mold of "Braveheart" and "Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan." Russia is facing its bloodiest conflict. As a volunteer army faces off against Polish-Lithuanian invaders, the Russian government lies in shambles. The assassination of Tsar Boris Gudunov, his young wife, and his son and heir has thrown Russia into a relentless power struggle. The only witness to the murder of the Tsar's family is a young servant boy, Andrey. Infatuated with the Tsar's beautiful daughter, Ksenia, Andrey hopes she might still be alive amid the chaos that has become the norm in Moscow. As lawlessness rages while power passes from one usurper to the next, Andrey sets off to find the missing princess. The personal story of Andrey's quest against the background of violent anarchy makes for an exciting action drama that depicts the physical and emotional toll of war on the common man.
The Widescreen edition contains more than 40 minutes of bonus extras, including a making-of featurette.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There is More than a PAL July 14, 2009
By PhiloX
I watched the movie 1612 in Russian with no sub titles in PAL format when I was in Ukraine during the summer of 2008. I know very little Russian therefore I had to go by the action of the movie & ask questions along the way. Basically the movie was about the time when the Czar's seat was empty after the death of Czar Boris Godunov. The Polish-Lithuanian government/army with the help of the Roman Catholic church moved into the political vacuum & tried to influence Russian culture, religion, & political leadership. The hero of the story Andrey was once a friend of Princess Ksenia, the daughter of Godunov, who was taken as a political prisoner by the Polish-Lithuanians & Andrey was made into a slave or serf. Later when they see each other from a distance, Andrey has himself sold to a Spanish Mercenary who is hired by the Polish-Lithuanian army to perfect their cannons. Later the Spanish Mercenary teaches Andrey to fight & when the Spanish Mercenary meets an untimely death, Andrey pretends to be the Spaniard. The story continues with a love triangle & large battle for the city of Moscow.

The year 1612 is to Russians as 1776 is to Americas: freedom from an outside power & development of ones own cultural identity & purpose. The Unicorn seen in the movie is a symbol of old Russia before the Double Eagle symbol of the Czar & is shown several times as a dream scene to convey what was lost & could be regained.

The war scenes are top notch with lots of stand-ins with fantastic Polish-Lithuanian Calvary with angel wings. The movie does get a little bloody during the battle scenes, but isn't that real war?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie about an interesting time in eastern Europe.
Okay, so it's all in Russian with subtitles. So what? It's a GREAT movie with some spectacular battle sequences. Read more
Published 24 days ago by BuglerJay
3.0 out of 5 stars you may enjoy the movie more
Many of the previous reviewers have discussed this movie thoroughly and I will not add much to their comments. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. L. Poundstone
4.0 out of 5 stars Dvd
I bought it for my husband. I believe he liked it. I really wasn't interested in the movie, but he was.
Published 8 months ago by anita mello
5.0 out of 5 stars good story line, thrilling and gripping.
good story line, thrilling and gripping. So believable, and spellbinding. Kept me involved the entire movie Great acting so believable. I was enthralled.
Published 9 months ago by Linda G Floyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical movie
Sometimes difficult to watch because of the violence, but interesting historical significance. Translation is a little quick to be able to enjoy scene and translation.
Published 10 months ago by Elizabeth D. Helton
5.0 out of 5 stars Russian movie
I found it excellent, although it portrayed my ancestors in a bad light [ Poles]. a great story. I recommend to all who like Heros.
Published 15 months ago by John Dodunski
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brief Political History of Imperial Russia
Not since "War and Peace" & "Anna Katarina," has a motion picture been made about the very turblent and bloody beginnings of Imperial Russia. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Norvell J. Maher
5.0 out of 5 stars 1612
Yes, Russia suffered a lot during that time. This movie was well made and a good source to know what had happened in Russia before the 30 years’ war began in Europe.
Published 19 months ago by Quan D. Truong
5.0 out of 5 stars my husband really liked it
this movie arrived on time and undamaged.My husband loves these kind of movies and was pleased with this one. I would recommened them to anyone.
Published 20 months ago by kim galle
4.0 out of 5 stars Godo Foreign Film
Enlightening as to historical action retold from a foreign perspective. I found the movie entertaining but the characters not to an American standard. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Donald E. Zlotnik
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