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Watch Out for the Automobile (1966)

Beregis avtomobilya (original title)
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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Yury Detochkin
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Maxim Podberezovikov
Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya ...
Detochkin's Mother
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Sokol-Kruzhkin
Olga Aroseva ...
Lyuba
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Dima Semitsvetov
Georgi Zhzhyonov ...
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Lyubov Sokolova ...
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Vyacheslav Nevinnyy ...
Car mechanic
Gotlib Roninson ...
Senior Insurer
Galina Volchek ...
Customer
Tatyana Gavrilova ...
Inga Semitsvetova
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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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May 1966 (Soviet Union)  »

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Trivia

Detochkin, Smoktunovsky's character, plays Hamlet in an amateur production. Smoktunovsky himself played Hamlet in Hamlet (1964), and is famous for this role. See more »

Goofs

A man wearing something like a jacket with a hood becomes visible in the ditch back-out scene. You can see a triangular hood moving up and right from the opposite ditch toward the car's back while the car is towed out. See more »

Quotes

Senior Insurer: ...and a very good worker!
[speaking about Detochkin]
Senior Insurer: And if you don't know, then be quiet
[speaking to a man who didn't say a word]
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In the opening titles it is not written "starring" but it is written "in leading roles" (v rolyah) and "in small roles" (v malenkih rolyah) See more »

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Referenced in O chyom eshchyo govoryat muzhchiny (2011) See more »

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Hero of our time (Russia 1966)
16 September 2003 | by (North East England) – See all my reviews

The absence of reviews here prompts me to say a few words. I saw this in a cinema in Moscow in 1966 [despite date above], a popular film there at the time. I couldn't follow all the dialogue at the time, but I recall being struck by the believability and humanity of the whole thing. Russian public were right on the side of the anti-hero, though he was no swashbuckler and the ending is dispassionate. This was still during the time of the Soviet thaw, and Moscow was heaving with American tourists. Life was better for Russians and things were looking up. The old gallant Soviet war heros had become less interesting, and the time was right for someone more complex, surfacing, perhaps, from the rich literary tradition. A perfect Geroi nasha vremeno - my theory anyway. I'd just like to see it again before giving it a rating!


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