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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
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American cars can be spotted in the petrol station scene: a 1955 Buick and a 1955 Oldsmobile. See more »
A man wearing something like a jacket with a hood becomes visible in the ditch back-out scene. You can see a triangular hood moving up and right from the opposite ditch toward the car's back while the car is towed out. See more »
Yes, dear viewer, Detochkin never took the money. While he is a thief, he is a selfless and honest person.
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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 »
This is one of my favourite comedies, and it's a real shame that as I write this there is no version with English subtitles available. This is truly one of the funniest movies that I've ever seen, especially the hilarious narrated car chase sequence.
This is quite a well-known movie in Russia so it seems strange that there is no English version yet. We can only hope that RusCiCo or KINO will eventually release something.
The movie's humour is gentle, ironic, and just plain wacky at times, and the main character is easy to identify with, even if he is technically a criminal (though not a criminal at heart); there are no actual "bad people" in the movie, and there are some pretty funny situations when the protagonist reveals through his own honesty how the morals of other people can be much more crooked than his (for example, the guy who desperately needs a ride and isn't at all put off after being told that the guy he's asking for a ride is about to steal the car).
Highly recommended (if you can understand Russian).
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