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11 February 1980 (Soviet Union) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Vera Alentova ... Katerina 'Katia' Tikhomirova

Aleksey Batalov ... Georgi 'Gosha'
Irina Muravyova ... Lyudmila Gurina
Raisa Ryazanova ... Antonina
Aleksandr Fatyushin ... Sergey 'Seryozha' Gurin
Boris Smorchkov ... Nikolay
Yuriy Vasilev ... Rodion 'Rudolph' Rachkov
Natalya Vavilova ... Aleksandra, doch Kateriny

Oleg Tabakov ... Volodya
Yevgeniya Khanayeva ... maty Rachkova
Valentina Ushakova ... Anna Nikitichna, maty Nikolaya
Viktor Uralskiy ... Mikhail Ivanovich, otets Nikolaya
Zoya Fyodorova ... tetya Pasha, vakhtersha
Liya Akhedzhakova ... Olga Pavlovna, director kluba
Tatyana Konyukhova ... Herself
Vladlen Paulus ... Petr Lednev (as V. Paulus)

Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy ... Himself

Georgiy Yumatov ... Himself
Leonid Kharitonov ... Himself
Pavel Rudakov ... Himself
Veniamin Nechaev ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larisa Barabanova ... Rabotnitsa khlebozavoda (as L. Barabanova)
Garri Bardin ... Glavniy inzhener khimkombinata (as G. Bardin)
Vladimir Basov ... Anton Kruglov (as V. Basov)
Irina Berezina (as I. Berezina)
Mikhail Bocharov ... Boris Aleksandrovich (as M. Bocharov)
Aleksandr Borodyanskiy ... drug Goshi (as A. Borodyanskiy)
A. Chebotaryov ... Anatoliy Grigoryevich (as A. Cheboraryov)
Larisa Danilina ... Nevesta (as L. Danilina)
Aleksandra Danilova ... sosedka Goshi (as A. Danilova)
Aleksandra Denisova ... sosedka Goshi
Galina Dobrovolskaya ... Rabotnitsa khlebozavoda (as G. Dobrovolskaya)
Vladimir Gusev ... General (as V. Gusev)
Mikhail Kalinkin ... Gost na svadbe
Lyubov Kalyuzhnaya ... Nyanechka v roddome (as L. Kalyuzhnaya)
Ivetta Kiselyova ... Margarita (as I. Kiselyova)
Yuriy Koblov ... Gena (as Yu. Koblov)
Muza Krepkogorskaya ... Zhena generala (as M. Krepkogorskaya)
N. Kuznetsov ... Nikolay Vasilyevich
Viktor Lazarev ... Starik v lifte (as V. Lazarev)
Vladislav Matveyev ... Vitya Rachkov (as Slava Matveyev)

Vladimir Menshov ... drug Goshi
Viktor Neznanov ... Poet
Sergey Nikitin ... Vokal (voice)
Tatyana Nikitina ... Vokal (voice)
Eduard Ozeryanskiy ... Himself (as E. Ozeryansky)
Yuriy Perov ... Perov, kandidat nauk (as Yu. Perov)
Dmitri Popov ... Gena (as D. Popov)
Natalia Sanko ... sosluzhivitsa Kateriny (as N. Sanko)
Nina Savishcheva ... Marina (as N. Savishcheva)
Taysiya Shutova ... Nevesta (as T. Shchutova)
Alfred Solyanov ... drug Goshi (as A. Solyanov)
Lyudmila Stoyanova ... Lyudochka (as L. Stoyanova)
Elena Volskaya ... Vakhtyorsha v vísotke (as Ye.. Volskaya)
Andrei Voznesensky ... Himself
Inna Vykhodtseva ... Rezhisser televideniya (as I. Vikhodtseva)
Gennadiy Yalovich ... Dima (as G. Yalovich)
Aleksandr Zhiltsov ... Nikita, drug Aleksandry (as A. Zhiltsov)
Tatyana Zhukova-Kirtbaya ... Polina (as T. Zhukova)
Mikhail Zimin ... profesor Tikhomirov (as M. Zimin)

Directed by
Vladimir Menshov 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Valentin Chernykh 
Vladimir Menshov 

Original Music by
Sergey Nikitin 
Cinematography by
Igor Slabnevich 
Film Editing by
Yelena Mikhajlova  (as Ye. Mikhaylova)
Production Design by
Said Menyalshchikov 
Costume Design by
Zhanna Melkonyan  (as Zh. Melkonyan)
Makeup Department
P. Kuzminoi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Vitali Boguslavsky .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vladimir Kuchinsky .... assistant director
Sound Department
Mark Bronshteyn .... sound (as Mikhail Broshtein)
Special Effects by
Oksana Kazakova .... special effects (as O. Kazakova)
Yuri Potapov .... special effects operator
Visual Effects by
O. Kozakova .... special photographic effects designer
Yuri Potapov .... special photographic effects designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Igor Bek .... camera operator (as I. Bek)
Anatoli Dzhirkvelov .... camera operator (as A. Dzhirkvelov)
Music Department
Emin Khachaturyan .... conductor (as E. Khachaturyan)
Dmitriy Sukharyov .... lyrics (as D. Sukharov)
Yuriy Vizbor .... lyrics (as V. Vizbor)
Other crew
L. Tsytsina .... script supervisor
V. Zamishlyaev .... consultant
O. Zholondkovsky .... consultant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Moskva slezam ne verit" - Soviet Union (original title)
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150 min | France:130 min
Color | Color (Sovcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Ronald Reagan watched the movie at least 8 times before meeting Gorbachev for the first time in order to "get to know the Russian soul better".See more »
Continuity: When Lyudmila and her friend approach the office building she is wearing a pair of white shoes. Once inside the building the shoes color changes to black.See more »
Lyudmila Gurina:Don't cry.
Lyudmila Gurina:You know what Moscow thinks of tears.
Lyudmila Gurina:We shouldn't be sitting around, we should do something.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dans Paris (2006)See more »
Aleksandra, AleksandraSee more »


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30 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
a nice movie. Splendid, in one word, 7 May 2005
Author: sym4ny from Donetsk-Lviv, Ukraine

This is a tribute to the Soviet era some people in Ukraine still consider to be the best years of their lives.I saw the movie in my child years, but didn't pay much attention to it. Now, when I study film history and techniques, the movie revealed to me some dark sides. "Moskva sliezam nie verit", I guess, tells a story of a humble Soviet woman in pursuit for happiness with a beloved man. This woman does not care about feminism. True love of a man-"stronghold", a man who is ready to comfort her any time she needs--that is what she is searching for in life. The movie shows some cloudy moments in the way to happiness three female friends go along. And the movie ends up where it should--an "island of placid" I watch it in original. Have to say, many phrases from the movie are cited in Ukrainian and Russian-speaking communities these days.

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