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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 ...
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Evgeniy Evstigneev ...
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Donatas Banionis ...
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Lyubov Sokolova ...
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Vyacheslav Nevinnyy ...
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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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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 »

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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 »

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Sokol-Kruzhkin: [to his daughter, who is crying at the trial of her husband for profiteering] Don't cry. You'll find yourself another. An honest one!
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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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Who car you?
13 May 2009 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"Beregis avtomobilya" in Russian means "look out for the car". It seems that the title actually implies that cars become sort of a metaphor for our lives. The protagonist Detochkin (his surname implies "child" in Russian) is an insurance agent who steals cars from thieves and gives the money to charity. But then there's a surprise.

What I mean about the title as a metaphor for our lives. Some people put all their money into their cars; they're complete losers, but at least they have cool cars. Moreover, it's often said that a person is his/her own worst enemy. In this sense, the danger to Detochkin posed by the average vehicle is nothing compared to what his own actions can do.

Anyway, this is a pretty funny movie, a look at the Soviet Union in the mid-'60s. We even get to hear an American song in one scene! I suspect that they had fun making the movie. Worth seeing.


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