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During Gorbatchov's perestroika, Archer Sloan, a Chicago student, visits Moscow while the Soviet Union is changing from Communist to Wild West capitalist society. Purely by bad luck, he ... See full summary »

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Archer
Natalya Negoda ...
Lena
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Kurilov
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Dimitro
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Claudia
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Georgi
Harry Ditson ...
Whittier
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Chazov
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Stanley
Aleksei Yevdokimov ...
Mikhail (as Alexei Yevdokimov)
Boris Romanov ...
Father Peter
Vsevolod Safonov ...
Ivan
Yuriy Sarantsev ...
Concierge
Oleg Anofriev ...
Taxi Driver
Nikolay Averyushkin ...
Aide (as Nikolai Averiushkin)
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During Gorbatchov's perestroika, Archer Sloan, a Chicago student, visits Moscow while the Soviet Union is changing from Communist to Wild West capitalist society. Purely by bad luck, he becomes a pawn in a dangerous cat and mouse game for a black Madonna, a precious icon, which was stolen from Russian Orthodox clergy by the quickly rising, rich and corrupt Russian mafia, and then by a black market-girl he followed just as a flirt who didn't know herself what she nicked. The well-connected mobsters find him and threaten his life in no time, and the US embassy isn't very helpful, worse, it's also infiltrated... Written by KGF Vissers

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7 February 1992 (USA)  »

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Conspiración en Rusia  »

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$501,036 (USA)
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The first U.S. film ever shot entirely in Moscow, Russia. See more »

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How do you spell 'garbage' in Cyrillic?
6 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nothing works in this absolutely witless teen fantasy, a lame Hitchcock rip-off about a stolen Russian icon and the plucky young American tourist who has to find it, pursued all the while by Soviet cops, Mafia killers, American embassy stooges, the Russian Orthodox Church, evil art dealers, assorted black marketeers (including a presumably desperate Roman Polanski), and the lovely Natalya Negoda, doing a somewhat sanitized variation of her delinquent character role from 'Little Vera'. Why travel all the way to Russia to make such a bone-headed, embarrassing movie, when even the local actors are so unconvincing? The answer is obvious: the film looks as if it was produced by the Moscow Tourist Council, with the full support of a government anxious for western currency, and eager to cash in on the promotional value of a slick, action-packed comedy caper filmed in their backyard. Ship this one to a distant Gulag.


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