Higher Than Rainbow

Higher Than Rainbow or (Russian: Выше радуги, romanizedVyshe radugi) is a 1986 Soviet television musical film directed by Georgi Yungvald-Khilkevich.

Higher Than Rainbow
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Directed byGeorgi Yungvald-Khilkevich
Written byGeorgi Yungvald-Khilkevich
Sergey Abramov
StarringDmitriy Maryanov
Olga Mashnaya
Galina Polskikh
Music byYury Chernavsky
CinematographyArkadi Povzner
Release date
  • 1986 (1986)
Running time
128 min.
CountrySoviet Union


Schoolboy Alik Rainbow lives in a creative family (his father is a musician and composer, mother is a choreographer) which has made him a dreamer and a poet. Studying is very easy for Alik, but there is one problem: Rainbow is not able to jump high, and therefore is among the worst in gym class.

In his fantasies Alik floats on the table like a gondola on the sea and communicates with the Siren, who suddenly offers Rainbow to fulfill his innermost desire. Without hesitating, Alik asks to be gifted with the ability to jump up at any height. Siren performs the boy's request, but stipulates one condition: if Rainbow ever tells a single lie, the gift will disappear immediately!

Endowed with the magic force Alik becomes a hit in gym class. The overwhelmed teacher immediately sends Rainbow to the athletics sports team. But wanting to bail out a girl whom Alik loves, Rainbow lies, the gift disappears and now Alik can not even jump through a straw ...

The situation could be remedied by using the help of Ivan Ivanovich. This is the legendary Ivan the Fool, whom the evil witch turned into a stump. During his walks, Alik finds this stump, carves a wooden figure from it, and thus revives Ivan Ivanovich. They have a lot of fun talking and Ivan Ivanovich constantly offers to help Rainbow. But Alik decides to reach the heights of sport by himself, with the help of tedious training rather than magical power ...



The film became very popular in the Soviet Union because of the numerous musical numbers (songwriters composer Yury Chernavsky and poet Leonid Derbenyov), directed in the music video format, and it is with this film began the popularity of Vladimir Presnyakov Jr., who sung all of the protagonist's songs. Several songs were performed by Mikhail Boyarsky, and one of the songs by Alla Pugacheva.[1]

  • "Siren" (Сирена) - Alla Pugacheva
  • "The Cat in the bag" (Кот в мешке) - Vladimir Presnyakov Jr.
  • "Only once" (Только раз) - Mikhail Boyarsky
  • "Photographer" (Фотограф) - Vladimir Presnyakov Jr., on the record, Mikhail Boyarsky.
  • "Song of the deaf pirate" (Песня глухого пирата) - Mikhail Boyarsky
  • "Zurbagan" (Зурбаган) - Vladimir Presnyakov Jr.
  • "Glass World" (Стеклянный мир) - Michael Boyarsky, Victoria Vradiy
  • "Islands" (Острова) - Vladimir Presnyakov Jr.

The song "Zurbagan" refers to the city of the same name in the fantasy world of Grinlandia in the novels and short stories of Alexander Grin.


  1. ^ "Выше радуги". VokrugTV.

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