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Johnny Pollack
Galina Petrova ...
Klara Glushko
Nikolay Karachentsov ...
Mishka Yaponchik (Mike the Little Jap)
Vladimir Golovin ...
Mick Nich (Mikita Nichiporuk)
Liza Machulska ...
Afrodita Perepletchikova
Viktor Stepanov ...
Petro Krivonoschenko
Oleg Shklovsky ...
George (Sr. Lt. Perepletchikov)
Vasiliy Mishchenko ...
Kostya
Vladimir Belousov ...
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Vsevolod Safonov ...
professor Babochkin
Gennadi Vengerov ...
Sanitar Petrovich (as Gennadiy Vengerov)
Vitaliy Shapovalov ...
Shveitsar
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Franko De Niro
Armen Khostikyan ...
dyadya Ashot (as A. Khostekyan)
Michael Janibekyan ...
Pioner (as M. Dzhanibekyan)
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The Prohibition years. Chicago bootleggers suffer losses due to their betrayal by one Mick Nich - Mikita Nichiporuk. The mob decides to execute the traitor, who escaped to Odessa, USSR, and organized his own bootleg business there. The hitman, Pollack, arrives in Odessa, and realizes how hard it is to make the hit here, as compared to a civilized country like USA. Written by FD <junta@komkon.org>

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Johnny Pollack: Where can I exchange the currency?
Hotel Administrator: In the bank. But better yet...
[whispering]
Hotel Administrator: in the Nichiporuk Bakery
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Soviet Bureaucracy meets Chicago gangsters
8 February 2010 | by (St John's, Newfoundland) – See all my reviews

Following up Magnet, my copy does have English subtitles in packaging that is otherwise Russian, dated 2002. The translation is so bad as to add considerably to the humor: somebody has a dictionary and is taking the first entry. Thus the ship will 'float away' to Sumatra, the Chicago gang is selling 'homemade whiskey,' nary an 'a', 'an', or 'the', and very creative use of prepositions. A good fraction of the dialog is in English, enough to follow the plot even without translation.

This is a different style of humor than we North Americans are used to, reminding me of the early Soviet satirist Bulkagov, or Ilf and Petrov in 'The Twelve Chairs'. The star player, Jerzy Stuhr, is strongly reminiscent of Mel Brooks, and plays a constantly frustrated American killer to the hilt. Watch for the scene on the Odessa steps.

If anyone can identify who is singing the Deja Vue theme at the end, I'd be grateful.


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