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Taxi Blues (1990)

Taksi-Blyuz (original title)
Ivan is old Russia: thick, dour, hard-working, often brutish; he misses Communism. He drives a taxi and one night meets Alexi, a new Russian, a musician, an alcoholic, irresponsible. Alexi ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pyotr Mamonov ...
Lyosha
Pyotr Zaychenko ...
Shlykov
Vladimir Kashpur ...
Old Nechiporenko
Natalya Kolyakanova ...
Christina
Hal Singer ...
Himself
Elena Safonova ...
Nina, Liocha's Wife
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Administrator
Evgeniy Gerchakov ...
Bald Musician in the Taxi
Dmitri Prigov ...
Writer Typing in the Train
Igor Zolotovitskiy ...
Petyunchik
Valeri Khlevinsky ...
Fat Kolya
Elena Stepanova ...
Smart Young Girl
Vladimir Sterzhakov ...
Musician in the Taxi
Konstantin Afonsky ...
Long-Haired Mechanic
Aleksandr Buyanov ...
Passenger with Newspaper
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Ivan is old Russia: thick, dour, hard-working, often brutish; he misses Communism. He drives a taxi and one night meets Alexi, a new Russian, a musician, an alcoholic, irresponsible. Alexi stiffs Ivan for the fare, so Ivan tracks him down and a love-hate relationship ensues. When Alexi lets the bath water run over in Ivan's flat and Ivan must pay 500 rubles for repairs, he tries to force Alexi into day labor to repay him. It's hopeless. Then, suddenly, Alexi is discovered, goes on a jazz tour of America, becomes a celebrity, and returns in triumph. Ivan longs to renew the friendship, and it looks as if he may get what he wants. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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18 January 1991 (USA)  »

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$169,410 (USA)
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In the opening sequence, the guy with the blue palm tree shirt waves his hands hypnotist style in front of a woman. Her position in the seat changes between shots. See more »

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Irresistible psychedelic Russian singer Pyotr Mamonov plays the leading role
25 April 2009 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

Pyotr Mamonov is one of the brightest representatives of Soviet new wave music scene. He is both rock musician, poet,performer and well-known actor. Here he plays a sax player, who is leading a life of alcochol addict and looser, who is begging for money playing drunk in the streets of Moscow. Ivan is an opposite character- He is hard-working taxi driver, who pays respect to laws and social rules. When he meats Selivestrov (Mamonov) he dislikes him a lot. Selivestrov is spending all money on vodka and tries to cheat a taxi driver, escaping to pay for taxist's work. But Ivvan finds a looser sax player and tries to teach him be honest, hard-working and successful in life. It is very hard for Selivyostrov to start new life, but he manages to do it in the end and becomes world famous star. Great score by legendary free jazz Vladimir Chekasin, perfect acting, best views on Perestroika times and a lot of good humor one can see here Highly recommended for those who are exploring Russian underground music scene of 80s.

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