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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yury Detochkin
Maxim Podberezovikov
Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya ...
Detochkin's Mother
Olga Aroseva ...
Dima Semitsvetov
Evgeniy Evstigneev ...
Acting coach
Donatas Banionis ...
Lyubov Sokolova ...
Vyacheslav Nevinnyy ...
Car mechanic
Gotlib Roninson ...
Senior Insurer
Galina Volchek ...
Tatyana Gavrilova ...
Inga Semitsvetova


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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Watch Out for the Automobile  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


During the chase when Policeman on motorcycle does "police turn around" on the highway you can see tire tracks on the asphalt remaining obviously from previous takes. See more »


Shop Salesman: When will all this finally end?
Colonel: Never. To begin with, what are you talking about?
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Crazy Credits

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 »


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

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A popular Russian "black" comedy
25 October 2005 | by (Archangel, Russia) – See all my reviews

By current standards it is really ridiculous to call it a "black comedy". "Death Becomes Her" and "Pulp Fiction" are black comedies. And among the Russian ones "Deja vu" is a good candidate. So, here goes problem number one. Being rather light-hearted it lacks colour badly (suppose they could make it in colour back in 1966). And sometimes it lacks style (the background voice making wise comments in a "TV news" manner is a downer). This is very subjective fault-finding but quite decisive to me. There are no complaints regarding the actors' performance and the story is fine with its "Robin Hood" touch. There are many memorable scenes ("Hamlet" performance, the Soviet shopping, a funny monologue about "our" Shakespeare, etc.) and tons of enjoyable sayings. Most these things are, unfortunately (or fortunately), can be easily understood by older Russian people (especially of older generations) only. As to people from other countries (and even younger Russian audience) – there will be some problems in catching its tune. Just to expand on this matter: for Russians, the movie is one good piece of entertainment, nostalgia, and a historical lesson (clothes, relations between people during the Soviet era, first businessmen a la "spekulianti", Soviet "drama clubs", etc.). For the rest of the world... - hardly. If you live in some sort of USA, was born there, have been living there your whole life, have just watched this movie and ready to give it a 10 right away with a frank heart, post me a few lines please.

It is a good movie but not great. Upon the DVD box it is written: "popular videos". It really belongs to that class of movies - "Russian popular videos" that is.

If it were in colour and without that bumbling voice behind the camera, the mark from my side would have been better.

Quite objectively, it is 6 out of 10 (but there should be a place for this film in the national top 1000 of course). Thanks for attention.

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