A Friend of the Deceased (1997)
"Priyatel pokoynika" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  1 May 1998 (USA)
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Tolla takes out a contract on himself and then changes his mind.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksandr Lazarev ...
Anzhelika Nevolina ...
Elena Korikova ...
Tetyana Kryvytska Stang Lund ...
Lena / Vika (as Tatyana Krivitskaya)
Evgeniy Pashin ...
Sergey Romanyuk ...
Ivan (as Serhiy Romaniuk)
Anatoliy Mateshko ...
Konstantin Kostyshin ...
Valentina Iliashenko ...
Rostislav Yankovskiy ...
Igor Lvovich
Aleksey Goncharenko ...
Vadim Semyonovich
Shubra Chakraborti
Elena Stefanska ...
Boris Zelenetski ...
Tamara Plashenko ...


Tolla is an unemployed translator whose wife is leaving him. Despondent and weak, he submits to the suggestion of an acquantance to have a contract placed on the man that his wife is seeing. Instead, however, he arranges for the hit to be placed on himself. Before the contract is executed, he develops a relationship with a prostitute, and then changes his mind. In order to survive he takes the obvious course of action, which turns out to have possibly been unnecessary, and then he must deal with the guilt. Written by Thomas Barber

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for some nudity and language | See all certifications »






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A Friend of the Deceased  »

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$145,443 (USA) (29 May 1998)

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Good Movie
6 October 1999 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

I come from a russian family, and my parents love watching russian movies. I hate them! I hate them all! I can't stand it when they turn on the russian channel. Last night i was watching Showtime when i came across a russian voice! I started to wonder...if Showtime is showing this movie then it must be decent! I watched it from start to finish, and rarely read the subtitles (i only needed to read them when they spoke to fast). I thought it was a good movie. I really thought the ending was funny, and ironic. Give it a try...even if you hate russian flicks.

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