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Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)
"Beregis avtomobilya" (original title)

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The hero of the film is an insurance agent who is also a car thief. He steals cars only from various crooks and never from the good people. Then he sells those stolen cars and gives all the... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy ...
Yury Detochkin
Oleg Efremov ...
Maxim Podberezovikov
Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya ...
Detochkin's Mother
Anatoliy Papanov ...
Sokol-Kruzhkin
Olga Aroseva ...
Lyuba
Andrey Mironov ...
Dima Semitsvetov
Georgi Zhzhyonov ...
Officer
Evgeniy Evstigneev ...
Acting coach
Donatas Banionis ...
Priest
Lyubov Sokolova ...
Judge
Vyacheslav Nevinnyy ...
Car mechanic
Gotlib Roninson ...
Senior Insurer
Galina Volchek ...
Customer
Tatyana Gavrilova ...
Inga Semitsvetova
Antonina Maksimova
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The hero of the film is an insurance agent who is also a car thief. He steals cars only from various crooks and never from the good people. Then he sells those stolen cars and gives all the money to charity. His best friend is a cop who is working on this case. Written by Mikhail Kruk <meshko@hotmail.com>

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3 February 1967 (East Germany)  »

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Trivia

USSR's Minister of Art & Culture, Romanov, forbade Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy to play the part of Detochkin because a couple of years before Smoktunovsky had played V.I. Lenin. And, according to Romanov, Smoktunovsky could not play someone who steals cars; in fact, he thought that a man, who once played Lenin, could not play in movies any longer. But, luckily, Romanov retired in the same month his statement was made and a new minister allowed Innokenti to continue his work. See more »

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In the end if the car chase (minute 52) between the policeman on a motorcycle and Youri Detochkin, a member of the crew in a hat is visible in the left mirror of the car. See more »

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An excellent movie
14 April 2005 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite comedies, and it's a real shame that as I write this there is no version with English subtitles available. This is truly one of the funniest movies that I've ever seen, especially the hilarious narrated car chase sequence.

This is quite a well-known movie in Russia so it seems strange that there is no English version yet. We can only hope that RusCiCo or KINO will eventually release something.

The movie's humour is gentle, ironic, and just plain wacky at times, and the main character is easy to identify with, even if he is technically a criminal (though not a criminal at heart); there are no actual "bad people" in the movie, and there are some pretty funny situations when the protagonist reveals through his own honesty how the morals of other people can be much more crooked than his (for example, the guy who desperately needs a ride and isn't at all put off after being told that the guy he's asking for a ride is about to steal the car).

Highly recommended (if you can understand Russian).


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