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Crime and Punishement (Prestuplenie i nakazanie)

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Release Date:May 14, 1975
Running time:161 minutes
Cast:Viktoriya Fyodorova, Georgi Taratorkin, Innokenti Smoktunovsky, Tatyana Bedova, Maya Bulgakova
Director:Lev Kulidzhanov
Writer:Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Nikolai Figurovsky
Distributor:Artkino Pictures Inc.

Description: This Russian adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment packs nearly every pivotal event from the mammoth novel into its 200 minute running time. Georgi Taratorkin stars as Raskolnikov, the impressionable student who believes himself to be above the law-and commits murder to prove his theory. Innokenti Smoktunovskiy, best known for his brilliant interpretation of the title character in the Russian Hamlet (1964), costars as police inspector Porfiry, who humbly but diligently wears down Raskolnikov's alibi. Most cinemadaptations of Crime and Punishment end with the protagonist's arrest; this one retains Dostoyevsky's lengthy post-prison epilogue, in which Raskolnikov learns at long last how to be a human being.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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