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Tycoon: A New Russian (2002)
"Oligarkh" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  23 April 2003 (France)
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During the Gorbachev years, Platon Makovski and his four buddies are university students who jump on the private capitalism movement. Fast-forward 20 years, Platon finds himself the richest... See full summary »

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Platon Makovskiy
Mariya Mironova ...
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Andrey Krasko ...
Shmakov
Levan Uchaneyshvili ...
Larri
Mikhail Vasserbaum ...
Mark
Sergey Yushkevich ...
Viktor
Aleksandr Samoylenko ...
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Natalya Kolyakanova ...
Nina
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Koretskiy
Vladimir Gusev ...
Lomov
Vladimir Steklov ...
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Koshkin
Vladimir Salnikov ...
Papa Grisha
Vladimir Golovin ...
Akhmed
Vladimir Kashpur ...
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During the Gorbachev years, Platon Makovski and his four buddies are university students who jump on the private capitalism movement. Fast-forward 20 years, Platon finds himself the richest man in Russia, having sacrificed his friends to get to the top. But with this cynical rise, comes a brutal fall. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,342 (USA) (13 June 2003)

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$121,016 (USA) (31 October 2003)
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Solid entertainment
29 October 2005 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

"Tycoon" may not succeed as a political film or piece of social criticism, but I don't think it was meant be those things. "Tycoon" was obviously meant to be first and foremost an interesting, entertaining crime drama, and on this count I think it succeeds marvelously. It has timeless themes: loyalty, betrayal, greed, envy, power, love, lust. To me the fact that it is based on the 1990's Russian oligarchs is almost secondary. It's more like a good war movie - the time and place is really just a setting, a backdrop used to tell a good story.

The script is beautifully structured, the actors all give terrific performances, the direction is understated and confident. Unexpected things happen, scenes jump back and forth through time, and the pacing is excellent. Even though it's got the "a gangster's life" story arc (similar to The Godfather, Casino and the hugely overrated Scarface) in which the risks are taken, trusts made and broken, beautiful women seduced, liquor poured, bullets sprayed, etc., from scene to scene you aren't quite sure exactly who will do what. It holds your interest from beginning to end.

No doubt there is a great documentary to be made about the rise and fall of the actual oligarchs or "New Russians", one which could tie together with great detail the entire true story. But "Tycoon" isn't that film, and I think it's arguable that it's better because if it.


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