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The Russian Specialist (2005)

The Mechanik (original title)
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Spetnaz (Special Ops) veteran Nick Cherenko leaves Russia after his son and wife are killed in a gunfight by drug lord Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov's mob men. He's threatened with exposure as ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Petrushinov ...
Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov
Julia Abramoff
Raicho Vasilev ...
Achmed (as Raicho Vassilev)
Assen Blatechki ...
Antony Argirov ...
Ivaylo Geraskov ...
Leo (as Ivailo Geraskov)
Alina Cherenko
Naum Shopov ...
Vanya Cherenko
Atanas Srebrev ...
John Ridley (as Nasko Srebrev)
Mary Abramoff
Nikolai Sotirov ...
Victor Chertoff


Spetnaz (Special Ops) veteran Nick Cherenko leaves Russia after his son and wife are killed in a gunfight by drug lord Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov's mob men. He's threatened with exposure as illegal car mechanic in L.A. by a fellow ex-pat tycoon who offers him $500,000 to liberate her kidnapped daughter. He only takes the job when told the capturers are Sasha's goons again. The mission's long path to find the girl and escape over the Finnish border, where his team is to be paid, is littered with blood and corpses. Written by KGF Vissers

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They took his family. Now he's out for revenge.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 November 2006 (United Arab Emirates)  »

Also Known As:

The Russian Specialist  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Principal photography took place during 32 days. See more »


In some scenes the registrations of the cars are Russian, in others they are Bulgarian. See more »


William Burton: What's your plan?
Nick Cherenko: Kill Them All.
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Referenced in Making of 'The Mechanik' (2006) See more »


Ne Tursia
(I'm Not Looking For...)
Written & Performed by Maria Ilieva
Published by Mi Productions, Ltd.
Courtesy of Harbour Island Records
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Better than I expected
25 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I just viewed "The Mechanik/Russian Specialist". It was a better movie than I expected. The basic plot has been done multiple times and I rate it favorably with other comparable movies. The action was good though in some instances a bit over the top. I would have liked to have seen more character development from the character Nick and the young kidnapped lady. Nick's character was too one dimensional. There were missed opportunities to develop these characters, (especially when they stayed overnight with the family in the countryside. (by the way, Bulgaria seems like it is a beautiful country). I think that the actors that portrayed that family did a superb job. The only real problem I had was during the Early scenes in the movie. The lighting was poor. I could barely see the actors. Overall, I was pleased with this movie.

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