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Release Date:
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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the two faces of modern Russia See more (11 total) »

Cast

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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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
the two faces of modern Russia, 6 January 2011
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

The past collides with the present in this unflinching portrait of life behind the late Iron Curtain, showing the often antagonistic relationship between a half-mad, free-spirited saxophone player and his older, old-fashioned alter ego, a hack who has seen too many changes through the window of his Moscow cab. Alexei's exuberant, non-conformist energy is the catalyst for the drama but this is clearly Ivan's film, and the story matches his often irrational mood changes while staying remarkably true to its characters, presenting both archetypes in three not altogether appealing dimensions (Ivan is a traditional anti-Semite; Alexei is an irresponsible deadbeat). The film conveys with almost naked candor the seamier side of the new Moscow subculture, adding a somewhat veiled accusation of moral corruption and decadence in the social reforms of Perestroika. The imagery is often arresting, but if the film is critical of Western influence it isn't entirely immune to them, and it's disconcerting to see the story end in a routine car chase slapped together from what look like outtakes from a William Friedkin movie.

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