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Dorogoy malchik (1974)

A mob of gangsters kidnap a son of American dog-food billionaire for ransom, but snatch a tourist from USSR instead, by mistake of course.


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Sergei Krupennikov ...
George Rob-Robson (as Seryozha Krupennikov)
Aleksandr Elistratov ...
Zhora Timokhin (as Sasha Yelistratov)
Vladislav Strzhelchik ...
Georgiy Vitsin ...
Mr. McIntosh
Viktor Gajnov ...
Rasmi Dzhabrailov ...
Iren Azer
Leonid Obolensky
Aleksandr Belyavskiy ...
Mariya Ird


A mob of gangsters kidnap a son of a dog-food billionaire, but snatch a tourist from USSR instead, by mistake of course. The dog food next of kin and Soviet tourist both fall in the hands of gangsters. Kids become friends, while adults prefer to sacrifice friendship to jungle law. Written by Levelclearer

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1974 (Soviet Union)  »

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Ein teurer Knabe  »

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Buy me an automatic assault rifle...
29 January 2017 | by (Russia) – See all my reviews

It is very very very strange that "Dear boy" has no reviews at all. The place is USA. A mob of gangsters kidnap a dog-food billionaire next of kin, but first by mistake they snatch a young tourist from USSR instead. Two boys, American and Russian, get locked in a trailer somewhere in the wilderness. Gangsters prepare to ask for ransom. Boys become friends, break out and call the police. That's all in a nutshell, if not to consider four songs and music written by D.Tukhmanov (Assault rifle, This old rude world, Life is race, I like to watch the stars). Also perhaps first time in cinema, the movie has comic book installations repeating the story line in comic book style pictures. There is also a big installation of art using different techniques (one is aniline and oil) as Timokhin's strange dream. The release year is 1974, but the movie gives you a strong and fresh feeling of tomorrow cinema, perhaps Kill Bill is something alike. The opening song "Assault rifle" (For what purpose the stars are shining it is not clear, buy me an automatic assault rifle, let everyone stand by the wall shivering and crying, believe me I know the right treatment, no one would speak against it, and if anyone would decide to speak up he will be down immediately, buy me an automatic assault rifle) is played over a music video clip like stream, made very aesthetically and ahead of time, featuring the story beginning and presenting the gangster mob members as comic book heroes. The final song "I like to watch the stars" (I like to watch the night sky, there are stars pouring light, and the world is cloaked in darkness) is played over comic book style boys on Earth planet. The cast features brilliant Soviet Russian actors, no Baltic stars (were frequently invited to play Americans). The "Dear boy" is a very special mix of elite aesthetic cinema, future cinema, action movie, fairy tale, musical, music video, car chase video, making together a grand style cinema, so you wish to revisit it again and again.

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