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20,000 Leagues Across the Land

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20,000 Leagues Across the Land
Directed byMarcello Pagliero
Written byLeonid Zorin, Sergey Mikhalkov, Semyon Klebanov, Michel Cournot
StarringLéon Zitrone
Yuri Belov
Nikolay Savin
Tatiana Samoilova
Jean Rochefort
Jean Gaven
Valentin Zubkov
Evgeny Burenkov
Music byNikita Bogoslovsky
Release dates
  • January 13, 1961 (1961-01-13) (USSR)
  • January 18, 1961 (1961-01-18) (France)

20,000 Leagues Across the Land (French: Vingt mille lieues sur la terre or "Léon Garros Is Looking for His Friend", Russian: Леон Гаррос ищет друга) is a 1961 Soviet-French feature film by Marcello Pagliero.


During the Second World War Leon Garros and Boris Vaganov escape from a Nazi concentration camp. After 15 years as a journalist Leon with buddies visits the Soviet Union to make a report and accidentally finds Boris. But Boris is not in Moscow, and for the sake of meeting a friend Leon has to take a car halfway across the country... Traveling with the foreigners is translator Nikolai, who in turn is looking for Natasha, his brother's runaway bride.


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