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Beware of the Car (1966)

Beregis avtomobilya (original title)
A very good cop tries to catch a very insidious and extremely clever serial car thief. The bitter irony is that the thief is not very clever, absolutely not insidious, and moreover - a virtuous person and his friend.

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Eldar Ryazanov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy ... Yury Detochkin
Oleg Efremov ... Maxim Podberezovikov
Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya ... Detochkin's Mother
Anatoliy Papanov ... Sokol-Kruzhkin
Olga Aroseva ... Lyuba
Andrey Mironov ... Dima Semitsvetov
Georgi Zhzhyonov ... Officer
Evgeniy Evstigneev ... Acting coach
Donatas Banionis ... Priest
Lyubov Sokolova ... Judge
Vyacheslav Nevinnyy ... Car mechanic
Gotlib Roninson ... Senior Insurer
Galina Volchek ... Customer
Tatyana Gavrilova ... Inga Semitsvetova
Antonina Maksimova
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Storyline

The hero of the film is an insurance agent who is also a car thief. He steals cars only from various crooks and never from the good people. Then he sells those stolen cars and gives all the money to charity. His best friend is a cop who is working on this case. Written by Mikhail Kruk <meshko@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

May 1966 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Beware of the Car See more »

Filming Locations:

Odessa, Ukraine See more »

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Mono

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Trivia

American cars can be spotted in the petrol station scene: a 1955 Buick and a 1955 Oldsmobile. See more »

Goofs

Tow cable is visible in the car chase scene when the stolen car backs out of the ditch. You can see the car is towed (not pulling by itself) by the way the rear wheels are aligned with the rest of the car. See more »

Quotes

Shop Salesman: Detochkin went against our holiest of holies, the Constitution. The Constitution guarantees citizens the right to private property. To a car. To a home. To a dacha. To money. Money, comrades, nobody outlawed money yet!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening titles it is not written "starring" but it is written "in leading roles" (v rolyah) and "in small roles" (v malenkih rolyah) See more »

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Referenced in O chyom eshchyo govoryat muzhchiny (2011) See more »

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Who car you?
13 May 2009 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

"Beregis avtomobilya" in Russian means "look out for the car". It seems that the title actually implies that cars become sort of a metaphor for our lives. The protagonist Detochkin (his surname implies "child" in Russian) is an insurance agent who steals cars from thieves and gives the money to charity. But then there's a surprise.

What I mean about the title as a metaphor for our lives. Some people put all their money into their cars; they're complete losers, but at least they have cool cars. Moreover, it's often said that a person is his/her own worst enemy. In this sense, the danger to Detochkin posed by the average vehicle is nothing compared to what his own actions can do.

Anyway, this is a pretty funny movie, a look at the Soviet Union in the mid-'60s. We even get to hear an American song in one scene! I suspect that they had fun making the movie. Worth seeing.


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