Young people struggle to do things their way in the 1950s.


, (libretto)
14 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Syostry (2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two young girls, Sveta and Dina, go on the run to avoid being kidnapped by the former associates of Dina's recently released gangster father.

Director: Sergey Bodrov
Stars: Oksana Akinshina, Katya Gorina, Roman Ageev
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Victor Sluzhkin signs on as a teacher of geography in a secondary school in his native Perm (in the Urals) and gets lost in a haze of hard vodka, desperate love for a nymphet-like student ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Veledinskiy
Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Elena Lyadova, Aleksandr Robak
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The plot revolves around four old friends-Kamil' (Kamil' Larin), Lesha (Leonid Barats), Sasha (Aleksandr Demidov) and Slava (Rostislav Khait)-all well-to-do professionals in their late 30s ... See full summary »

Director: Dmitriy Dyachenko
Stars: Leonid Barats, Aleksandr Demidov, Kamil Larin
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Adequacy is relative. Vitalik, the main character of the movie, seems to be pretty normal. With a respectable office job, a comfy little dwelling and a personal couch doctor, Vitalik looks ... See full summary »

Director: Roman Karimov
Stars: Ilya Lyubimov, Ingrid Olerinskaya, Evgeniy Tsyganov
Tiski (2007)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Young and talented man has a dream - to become a successful DJ. But on his way to fame he takes the wrong step, that may be fatal...

Director: Valeriy Todorovskiy
Stars: Maksim Matveyev, Fedor Bondarchuk, Aleksey Serebryakov
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Russian poet, singer and actor Vladimir Vysotsky was an idol of the 1970s and '80s. In 1980, at the age of 42, he passed away during the Moscow Olympic Games. This is the story of his last ... See full summary »

Director: Pyotr Buslov
Stars: Sergey Bezrukov, Oksana Akinshina, Andrey Smolyakov
Ottepel (TV Series 2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

1961. Cameraman Viktor Khrustalev and director Egor Myachin are trying to shoot a movie based on the script of their friend, who tragically died.

Stars: Evgeniy Tsyganov, Aleksandr Yatsenko, Anna Chipovskaya
Ya (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Igor Voloshin
Stars: Artur Smolyaninov, Andrey Khabarov, Oksana Akinshina
Brother (1997)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An ex-soldier with a personal honor code enters the family crime business in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov
Stars: Sergey Bodrov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Svetlana Pismichenko
Piter FM (2006)
Certificate: Open Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Lyrical story about two young people, Masha and Maxim, who have to decide what to do.

Director: Oksana Bychkova
Stars: Ekaterina Fedulova, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Aleksey Barabash
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Agent of special department "Piranha" Kirill Mazur and his colleague Olga go to the far north with the assignment to liquidate an underwater secret weapon lab in the guise of a mutual ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Kavun
Stars: Vladimir Mashkov, Svetlana Antonova, Evgeniy Mironov
Samoubiytsy (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Egor Baranov
Stars: Evgeniy Stychkin, Alex Sparrow, Oksana Akinshina


Cast overview, first billed only:
Katya (as Evgeniya Brik)
Fred (as Maksim Matveev)
Igor Voynarovskiy ...
Konstantin Balakirev ...
Aleksandr Stefantsov ...
Georgiy Sivokhin ...
Olga Smirnova ...
Yanina Melekhova ...
Liza (as Yanina Buyko)
Irina Rozanova ...
Mat Polzy
Otets Melsa
Otets Freda


While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz. Straight-laced 20-year-old Communist Mels finds these brazen 'hipsters' shocking until he falls under the spell of one, namely Polly, and joins the new revolution. Soon he's a peacock, cavorting in the latest flashy fashions, sporting an enormous pompadour and wailing on the saxophone. Written by Production

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Moscow 1955. Hot Jazz Meets Cold War.


Drama | Musical | Romance

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

October 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boogie Bones  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(Director's Cut) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


On 24 December 2008, one day before the official theatrical release, an exhibition called "Vremya stilyag" ("The Time of Hipsters") opened in Moscow as part of the film's promotion campaign. Admission was free. The exhibition was divided into two parts with a very large board made of iron. On the one side were 'artifacts' pertaining to the age of Soviet hipsters, such as anti-hipster articles and caricatures from the Soviet press, old TV set called KVN, rarity radio gramophones, a round advertising column etc. as well as costumes from the film, while the other side represented America of the early and mid-20th century, "the world of Soviet hipsters' dreams", featuring, for example, rare photos of Grace Kelly and Charlie Parker. There were over 150 exhibits in total, taken from private collections or provided by the Russian State Library. The exhibition lasted until mid-January 2009. See more »


Katya: You're worse than an enemy, Mels. You're a traitor.
See more »


Spoofed in Samyy luchshiy film 3-DE (2011) See more »


Emu ne nuzhna amerikanskaya zhena
("He Doesn't Need an American Wife")
Music by Kolibri
Words by Konstantin Meladze
Arrangement by Konstantin Meladze
Performed by VIA Gra
Courtesy of VIA Entertainment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Totalitarian Rock
18 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this last month at the 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival and of the 23 films I saw there this year I would put this at the top. The time is post Stalinist era Moscow 1955 and Mels (Anton Shagin) is a typical 20 year old member of the local youth Communist party where his girlfriend Katya (Eugeniya Brik) is one of the youth leaders. Co-existing in the gray cold war world of the USSR are the Stilyagi, an underground youth movement of no-conformists who wear outrageous bright colored black market western fashions and wear high pompadours and listen to underground subversive jazz and rockabilly music. Mels is attracted to the Hipsters and in particular the lovely Polza (Oksana Akinshina) who has westernized her name to Polly. Mels adopts their lifestyle and westernizes his name to Mel. He is eventually accepted as a Hipster by Polly and her friends Betsi (Ekterina Vilkova), Bob (Igor Voynarovsky) and their leader Fred (Maksim Matveev) a dashing young son of a wealthy diplomat. The scene for all the Hipster action is out in the open in an uptown district called 'Broadway' where the Pompadour Club is located and where underground records, clothing and musical instruments can be bought in dark alleys and safe houses. Directed by Valery Todorovsky and adapted for the screen by Yuri Korotkov, the author of the novel 'Boogie Bones' about the hipsters and bootleg western recordings this film blends drama with sly comedy and wraps them around a bright colorful musical that is indeed a cinematic event. Fantastic music score from Konstantin Meladze that is reminiscent of the music of the group Manhattan Transfer with wonderful clothing costumed by Aleksandr Osipov that are reminiscent of the Stray Cats and West Side Story this is a lavish production with a beautiful production design by Vladimir Gudilin and richly photographed by Roman Vasyanov. Lots of veteran Russian actors in supporting roles like Sergey Garmash, Oleg Yankovskiy, Alexsey Gorbunov, Irina Rosanova and Leonid Yarmolnik. A very original film chronicling a movement that would lead the way to the acceptance of jazz and rock and roll and future movements like hippies, punks and hip hop rappers. These counter-culture Hipsters of yesterday are the ultimate round pegs in a square world. I would hope this gets distribution in American art house theaters. The story itself isn't all that compelling but I don't think it's meant to be. It's more of a visual and auditory experience and it's a cinematic event. I would highly recommend it and give it a 10 out of 10.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is this the best russian misical in last 10 years? alechko
DVD in North America? MarioPJ
Voices + Instruments drjoefo
Long take at the end PepcaP
I Don't Know why I watched this. chud-13
If you loved this film... Asaaf00
Discuss Stilyagi (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: