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Director  Edmond Keosayan
Language  Russian
7.6/10 IMDb

Country  Soviet Union
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Writer  Pavel Blyakhin, Edmond Keosayan, Sergei Yermolinsky
Release date  1966 (1966)

The Elusive Avengers (Russian: Неуловимые мстители, translit. Neulovimye mstiteli) is a 1967 Soviet adventure film directed by Edmond Keosayan and made by Mosfilm. It is loosely based on the novel Little Red Devils by Pavel Blyakhin, already filmed in 1923 under its original name. The film is an example of Ostern, set in Russian Civil War era Ukraine.


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The film has spawned two sequels, The New Adventures of the Elusive Avengers (1968) and The Crown of the Russian Empire, or Once Again the Elusive Avengers (1971).

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The film' is a version of a story about four youngsters who become heroes in the Russian Civil War. Danka, orphaned son of a Red agent, whose father was tortured and executed by the warlord Lyuty before his eyes, and his sister Ksanka join Valerka, a former schoolboy, and Yashka, a devil-may-care gypsy. They make a pledge of mutual assistance, determined to exact revenge on the bandits who are bringing so much suffering to peaceful villagers. The friends then embark on a series of daring adventures.

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Meanwhile, strange things begin to happen to a band of outlaws led by the ruthless bandit Ataman Burnash. All his schemes seem to go wrong, sabotaged by unseen and unidentified enemies. The mischievous culprits always leave a note signed '- the Elusive Avengers', and are of course the four friends, who succeed by never forgetting their pledge of mutual assistance. They are so effective, in fact, that reports of their deeds are reaching the local division of the Red Army.

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In a plot twist familiar to many Westerns such as For a Few Dollars More and the Japanese Yojimbo, Danka uses his anonymity to infiltrate the outlaws' gang and insinuate himself into Burnash's confidence, becoming his trusted right hand man. Unfortunately, Warlord Lyuty, whom Danka had thought he killed earlier, arrives at the Ataman's camp and accuses Danka; and when Lyuty's accusations are proven, it is up to the other three Avengers (well, mostly Yashka and Valerka) to get him out.

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At the end of the movie, the Avengers are honored and acknowledged by the Red Army, which promptly appropriates the four of them as soldiers. The Elusive Avengers ride off into the rising sun, ready to answer their army's call.


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  • Viktor Kosykh - Danka Shchus
  • Valentina Kurdyukova - Ksanka Shchus
  • Vasya Vasiliev - Yashka the Gypsy
  • Michael Metyolkin - Valerka Meshcheryakov
  • Yefim Kopelyan - chieftain Ignat Burnash
  • Vladimir Treshchalov - chieftain Sidor Liuty (Fierce)
  • Boris Sichkin - Buba Kastorskiy, actor and singer
  • Lev Sverdlin - Semyon Budyonny
  • Vladimir Belokurov - bandit, named "holy father-philosopher"
  • Gennadi Yukhtin - Ignat, bandit, Sidor Liuty's helper
  • Inna Churikova - Blond Josy, singer
  • Savely Kramarov - Ilyukha Verekhov, cross-eyed bandit
  • Differences from the original

  • In the book, the "ethnic minority" character was Chinese circus acrobat Yu-Yu. The 1923 adaptation replaced him with a black boy, Tom Jackson, a move very popular in early Soviet cinema to display Soviet internationalism (compare Circus or Flight to the Moon). The Elusive Avengers, filmed in Cold War era, by contrast, avoided references to the United States and replaced the obviously propagandistic black Tom with the more realistic gypsy Yashka.
  • References

    The Elusive Avengers Wikipedia
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