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18 January 1991 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Pyotr Mamonov ... Lyosha
Pyotr Zaychenko ... Shlykov
Vladimir Kashpur ... Old Nechiporenko
Natalya Kolyakanova ... Christina
Hal Singer ... Himself
Elena Safonova ... Nina, Liocha's Wife
Sergey Gazarov ... 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
Lidiya Yezhevskaya ... 'Mousy' Valya
Nikolai Yezhevsky ... Guardian
Sergey Galkin ... Hippy
Irina Gobratova ... Girl with Black Eye
Vyacheslav Gorbunchikov ... Mechanic at the Taxi Depot
Aleksandr Inshakov ... Mercedes' Owner
Vladimir Lopatin ... Police Sergeant
Natalya Markova ... Blonde Ira (as N. Markova)
Eduard Gimpel ... Man on a Sofa
Galina Prokhorova ... Wife of Man on Sofa
Yuriy Sokolov ... Soldier in the Tube
Yuri Yurchenko ... 1st Civil Servant
Gekubi Vasiliskov ... 2nd Civil Servant
Pierre Rival ... Malligan the Producer
Iassouo Hiougadsi ... Japanese Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Béatrice Chauvin ... Femme appartement soirée
Gelena Kirik

Directed by
Pavel Lungin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pavel Lungin 

Produced by
Mark Gekht .... producer
Aleksandr Golutva .... producer
Marin Karmitz .... executive producer
Vladimir Repnikov .... executive producer
Pierre Rival .... producer
 
Original Music by
Vladimir Chekasin 
 
Cinematography by
Denis Evstigneev 
 
Film Editing by
Elisabeth Guido  (as Elizabeth Guido)
 
Production Design by
Valery Yurkevich 
 
Set Decoration by
Alexei Chkele 
 
Costume Design by
Natalya Dyanova 
 
Makeup Department
Larisa Avdyushko .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Yvon Crenn .... production manager
Aleksandr Kabanov .... production manager (as Aleksandr Kabakov)
 
Art Department
Marina Companeetz .... property master
 
Sound Department
Catherine Dubeau .... sound editor
Pierre Lorrain .... sound
Fred Mays .... post-synchronization
Oksana Strugina .... sound mixer
Michel Trouillard .... assistant sound editor
 
Stunts
Viktor Ivanov .... stunt coordinator
Vladislav Barkovskiy .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Katia Besimensky .... assistant editor: second unit
 
Other crew
Brad Stephens .... publicist
 

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Also Known As:
"Taxi Blues" - France (imdb display title), International (English title) (literal title), USA (DVD box title)
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110 min
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Continuity: 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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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Comments focus on friendship forged between taxi driver and musician., 11 May 2000
Author: bgrady

Pavel Lungin's film Taxi Blues explores many different aspects of contemporary Russian life. Set against the cultural malting pot of Moscow, the story unfolds as two men compare and contrast their lots in life, each admiring what the other has and wishing they could have it as well.

The film begins with a taxi driver, driven by the hardships in life and accustomed to the dark side of life in Moscow. He picks up a group of musicians after a night out on the town, and after the last one has been dropped off, he is stiffed on the bill. Enraged, the taxi driver stalks the last musician out of the taxi, corners him, and steals his saxophone. In return, the musician is thus forced to perform manual labor for the taxi fare, and to get his saxophone back! The conflict in the film is evident through the two characters involved here. The taxi driver is a dark, strong-willed character, and the musician is a thin and weak soul. They see each other as complete opposite, almost as enemies. But, they somehow manage to find a friendship through their encounter. Gradually, each becomes dependant upon the other, and this is essentially the film's theme. What Lungin is attempting to convey here is that sometimes the bleakest situations in our lives can provide our best opportunities for self-improvement. Both characters are lost, but in different capacities. They are alone, frustrated, and tired, but both experience these things on different levels; the working class level, and the creative/artistic level. Through their experiences together, both men help one another to achieve something greater for themselves, and their friendship is a testament to that.

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