GenreBiography, Drama Music directorRuslan Muratov Duration LanguageRussian
Release dateDecember 1, 2011 (2011-12-01) Initial releaseDecember 1, 2011 (Germany) CastSergei Bezrukov (Vysotskiy), Andrey Smolyakov, Oksana Akinshina, Ivan Urgant, Maksim Leonidov, Andrei Panin Similar moviesSergey Bezrukov and Vladimir Menshov appear in Vysotsky Thank You For Being Alive and High Security Vacation
Vysotsky. Thank You for Being Alive (Russian: Высоцкий. Спасибо, что живой) is a 2011 Russian drama film about Vladimir Vysotsky based on a screenplay by his son Nikita and directed by Pyotr Buslov. The actor, who played the central role of Vysotsky remained unknown for public and uncredited. Film premiered on December 1, 2011.
Film is based on a true story about a Vysotsky concert tour to Uzbekistan and subsequent clinical death in 1979.
Sergey Bezrukov as Vladimir Vysotsky (uncredited), also appearing as Yura, colleague of Vysotsky.
Nikita Vysotsky voiced of Vladimir Vysotsky
Oksana Akinshina as Tatiana Ivleva, girlfriend of Vysotsky
Andrey Smolyakov as Viktor Bekhteev, KGB Colonel in Uzbekistan
Ivan Urgant as Seva Kulagin, friend of Vysotsky
Maksim Leonidov as Pavel Leonidov, manager and friend of Vysotsky
Vladimir Ilyin as KGB Colonel from Moscow
Andrey Panin as Anatoly Nefedov, personal doctor of Vysotsky
Dmitry Astrakhan as Leonid Fridman, concert manager in Uzbekistan, who invited Vysotsky
Anna Ardova as Isabella Yurievna, Director of the House of Culture of Uzbekistan
Vladimir Menshov as Taganka Theater stage director (portrayed Yury Lyubimov)
Alla Pokrovskaya as Nina Maksimovna, mother of Vladimir Vysotsky
Sergey Shakurov as Semyon Vladimirovich, father of Vladimir Vysotsky
The actor who played Vysotsky spent 4 – 6 hours every day for make-up and about 1 - 1.5 hours to undo the make-up. In some sets Vysotsky was "reconstructed" for the film with the use of CGI.
In spring 2012 Sergey Bezrukov admitted in a TV talk show that he in fact was the actor who played the role of Vladimir Vysotsky. Also, for the extended TV version released in January 2013, Bezrukov was credited for the role of Vysotsky.