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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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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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Yuriy Nikulin was first considered to play Yury Detochkin and almost signed the contract, but his Circus sent him on tour to South America for almost half a year. The project could not be postponed for such a long period, so Oleg Efremov was invited, but after long debates the role was given to Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, and Yefremov became Maxim Podberezovikov. See more »

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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 »

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Shop Salesman: Let's go home!
Colonel: Your home is in jail!
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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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Beregis Avtomobilya:Superb performance by "King of Soviet actors" Innokenty Smoktunovsky in a film directed by Eldar Ryazanov.
19 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Russian film "Watch Out for the Automobile" is about the role of cars in people's lives. It was made at a time when it was not possible for everybody to afford cars. This is one reason why dishonest people were able to buy cars without great difficulty. It is in such an unethical climate that this film's hero decides to steal cars which acquired through illegal money. Director Eldar Ryazanov has directed his film in such a manner that viewers get the feeling that there is nothing extraordinary about this car thief and the cars stolen by him. This effect is created by portraying the hero as an ordinary man who has nothing to do with crime. The film begins with tightly constructed scenes of a heavily guarded car being stolen.This leads viewers to ask what would really happen when the thief is not recognized by other people ? On his part,the car thief is able to fulfill his wishes as he wants to make a wise use of money for poor people. Apart from drama about incidents of car theft,genuine comedy can also be found in form of comical situations witnessed during a Shakespearean play's rehearsal by the hero and his nemesis.Lastly,this film's moral message is conveyed immediately after a truly mind boggling car chase sequence.


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