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Gentlemen of Fortune (1971)
"Dzhentlmeny udachi" (original title)

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A kindergarten director Troshkin is a dead ringer for a criminal nicknamed "Docent" who stole the priceless headpiece of Alexander the Great during an archaeological expedition. But after ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Evgeniy Leonov ...
Evgeni Ivanovich Troshkin; «Dotsent» San Sanich Belyi
Georgiy Vitsin ...
Khmyr / Sad Sack
Radner Muratov ...
Saveliy Kramarov ...
Fedya Yermakov / Cross Eyes
Natalya Fateeva ...
Lyudmila, archeologist's daughter
Erast Garin ...
Nikolai Grigorevich Maltsev, archeologist
Nikolay Olyalin ...
Colonel Verchenko (as N. Olyalin)
Anatoliy Papanov ...
Chess Player in Hotel
Pavel Shpringfeld ...
Cloakroom attendant
Lyubov Sokolova ...
Kindergarten Principal
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Lieutenant Vladimir Slavin
Aleksey Vanin ...
The old thief
Natalya Vorobyova ...
Elena
Zoya Vasilkova ...
Dvornichikha
Galina Mikeladze ...
(as G. Mikeladze)
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A kindergarten director Troshkin is a dead ringer for a criminal nicknamed "Docent" who stole the priceless headpiece of Alexander the Great during an archaeological expedition. But after militia "inputs" Troshkin into the criminal environment he has nothing left to do but to carefully play out the part of his "evil twin". Written by John Isaak <zardock@geocities.com>

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13 December 1971 (Soviet Union)  »

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"Dotsent" is a common Russian academic title, roughly corresponding to "Professor" in the USA. The plot of a timid ordinary citizen being mistaken for a hardened criminal and becoming involved in catching the crooks goes back in US film history at least to John Ford's The Whole Town's Talking (1935), a comedy-drama that starred Edward G. Robinson in a similar dual role. See more »

Goofs

When they are playing in the snow in front of the dacha, the fake tattoos come off and smudges of ink are visible on the fake Docent's torso. None of the criminals seem to notice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Fedya Yermakov: Trrrr. I guess there are snakes here.
Khmyr: What snakes?
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Remade as Fracchia la belva umana (1981) See more »

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Novogodnyaya pesenka
("New Year Song")
Music by Gennadiy Gladkov
Lyrics by Igor Shaferan
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A truly classic Russian comedy
10 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite Russian comedy, and although it is 30 years old, people still enjoy it more than most other comedies today. A satiric and witty movie that revolves around an adventurous plot. The plot is basically that a convict (Dotsent) escapes from prison and the militia (Russian police) find the criminal's lookalike, a kindergarten teacher. He goes undercover and pretends to be a criminal to help the militia find the where the real convict has hidden a stolen mask. He makes a phony escape from the prison with two others, who think he is the real Dotsent. He eventually befriends with them and they become attached, but I won't reveal the rest. From my plot review it might seem as a violent movie or something like that, but actually it is good for the entire family. The movie is entertaining throughout and if you want to see a comparison with an American equivalent, it's like a lot like Seinfeld because it's a situational comedy. If you are a fan of Russian cinematography and haven't seen this one, watch it right away because this is a true classic with some of the greatest Russian actors (see cast).


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