Friday, May 8, 2009

Armed and Very Dangerous

Вооружён и очень опасен – Russian title
Vooruzhyon i ochen opasen – Russian title
Durch den wilden Westen – German title
Armed and Dangerous: Time and Heroes of Bret Harte – English title
Armed and Very Dangerous – English title

A 1977 U.S.S.R., Czechoslovakian, Romanian co-production [Gorki-Studio (Moscow),
Filmstudio Barrandov, Filmstudio Bucuresti (Bucharest)]
Producers: Vladimir Vajnshtok, Pavel Finn (Pavel Finn-Khalfin)
Director: Vladimir Vajnshtok
Story: “Gabriel Conroy” by Bret Harte
Screenplay: Vladimir Vladimirov (Valdimir Vajnshtok), Pavel Finn (Pavel Finn-Khalfin)
Cinematography: Konstantin Ryzhov [color]
Music: G. Firtich (Georgi Firtich)
Songs: “Pesnya o chudesnom kraye”, “Poprobuyte zabytsya”, “Vooruzhyon I ochen
opasen” sung by Ludmila Senchina
Running time: 150 minutes

Gabriel Conroy - Donatas Banionis
Jack Hamlin - Mircea Veroiu
Julie Prudomme - Ludmila Senchina
Dolores Damphy - Maria Ploae
Peter Damphy - Leonid Bronevoy
Lucky Charlie - Lev Durov
Henry York - Vsevolod Abdulov
Mister Trot - Sergei Martinson
seller of secrets - Grigori Lyampe
Lawyer Starbottle - Algis Masiulis (Algimantas Masiulis)
Indian Joe - Talgat Nigmatulin
Judge Zhakov - Oleg Zhakov
Shot Harry - Ferenc Bencze
Julian Barreto - Jan Schánilec
Groom Bill - Dmitry Krichun (Dumitru Craciun)

Based on the stories of author Bret Harte, the film takes place in America’s Wild West of the last third of the 19th century. Thousands of people rushed to the California gold fields in pursuit of enrichment. Among them was Gabriel Conroy, a man absolutely helpless in the world of business. When fountains of oil started gushing on his plot of land, the local moneybags Peter Damphy decided to appropriate the land, and succeeded in it by blackmailing Conroy’s wife and his former mistress Julie.

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