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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 »

Goofs

In the chase sequence, motorcycle model changes from overhead valve (identified by cylinder head shape) in the initial scene, to flathead in the tow start scene. Yet, the motorcycle parked at the gas station has overhead valves, becoming flathead again when the cop takes off after the main character, remaining thus for the rest of the chase sequence (with a possible exception of the children camp scene). See more »

Quotes

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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Go Ryazanov!
11 August 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Beware of the Automobile. What would a Russian say when you mentioned it in front of him? I'm a Russian myself and I know. When someone mentions the movie's name, the other person would go babbling on about the storyline, every single detail from start to end. He would imitate highly enjoyed moments in the highly enjoyed film. He would repeat memorable quotes (which sound funnier in Russian). And he would go asking everyone if they knew interesting facts about the interesting film.

With non-Russians, however... well, to be honest I don't know. I have this movie on VHS in Russian and I never showed to an English speaking person before, but I think that even some non-Russian people will be fascinated by this film. I certainly am. I watch this movie whenever I get the chance. And I always love it, no matter how many times I've watched it.

The director, Eldar Ryazanov is a highly-loved Russian director and has directed a lot of classical Russian films, not one which I don't like. Go Ryazanov! Go Beware of the Automobile! Go whoever watched this film! Go whoever enjoyed it! Rating: 10/10


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