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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
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Directed by
Pavel Lungin 
 
Writing credits
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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
Valeri 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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Additional Details

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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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Who's Really in Control?, 5 May 2004
Author: khubbard-1 from Clinton, New York

*Please note: This review discusses many key events of the film, including the end. Do not read if you have not seen the movie!!!

Taxi Blues is a film about control. It isn't, however, as simple as it initially seems. At the film's conclusion, the audience is left to ask, "Who's really controlling whom?"

At the beginning of this film, Chlykov has complete control of his life. He manages his cab, and his side job of selling alcohol, with an iron fist and the facial expression to match. He is the master of his domain and no one in his or her right mind would dare to question his authority in any way.

The problem is that Lyosha is not in his right mind. His life is careening out of control and he has one priority. Alcohol. From the minute that he requests his first bottle from Chlykov, their lives become irrevocably entangled. In the beginning, it is very clear where the power lies. As the film continues, however, it becomes harder and harder to tell who is controlling whom. Although he does not seem to realize it, Chlykov's life begins to revolve around the very man he seeks to reform. As a result, aspects of his own life start to slip from his control.

For example, when Lyosha begins to seduce his girlfriend, Chlykov, in a desperate attempt to prove his authority, smashes Lyosha's saxophone and then engages Christina in an aggressive sexual act against her will. For those few minutes, Chlykov is free of his self-induced commitment to Lyosha. However, his freedom is short-lived. A few minutes later the phone rings and he is soon back at the jail to meet Lyosha, once again putting his own life on hold.

By the end of the film, the roles have reversed. Lyosha gets his life together, at least temporarily, and is on top of the world as a beloved, world-renowned musician. Chlykov's life, however, is reminiscent of Lyosha's at the beginning of the film. He severs connections with his girlfriend, his friends and his once structured existence. It is no coincidence that in the last scenes of the film, Chlykov is in a speeding car, spinning wildly out of control.

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