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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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A patriotic cabbie tries to change a lazy alcoholic Jew. See more (11 total) »

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 Ezhevskaya ... '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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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A patriotic cabbie tries to change a lazy alcoholic Jew., 7 April 2002
Author: chinpeng from Texas, USA

This film shows the conflict and forming of a friendship between two opposites: Shlykov, the hard-working patriotic cab driver built like a tank, and Lyosha, the thin, panhandling urban Jew.

A taxi driver in Moscow named Shlykov gets stiffed of his fare by the Jewish saxophone player named Lyosha who calls himself a genius who "speaks to God". Shlykov tracks down Lyosha and takes his saxophone and that is when the fun begins.

Lyosha fails to make money fast enough to pay Shlykov back but Shlykov decides to give him back his saxophone anyways. Lyosha, sensing Shlykov's soft heart, tries to further take advantage of him by begging him for money. After Shlykov lets Lyosha in his apartment, and after Lyosha causes him great trouble costing him even more money, Shlykov takes Lyosha to jail.

After a violent outburst by Shlykov he decides to go back to the police station to drop the charges against Lyosha. He has decided that sending Lyosha to jail would accomplish nothing. He wants to show Lyosha what life is like for honest hard-working people. Shlykov makes Lyosha come to work with him. The "intellectual" breaks down when forced to do what millions of other people in the country have to do everyday of their lives. Both characters show impulsive and unpredictable behaviour, but for different reason. Lyosha is simply a drunk. Shlykov is a patriotic ex-athlete full of proletariat angst and senses his nation is dying because of the "rotten" westernized hooligans he sees everywhere in the streets who lack any work ethic.

I will not reveal the ending to you but I will tell you this story is not a fairy tale.

I think this film goes much deeper than just showing what life was like in the USSR; the two characters can be found in almost every culture in the world today.

Excellent performances by both Zajchenko and Mamonov.

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