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Watch Out for the Automobile (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:

Watch Out for the Automobile 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

In the end if the car chase (minute 52) between the policeman on a motorcycle and Youri Detochkin, a member of the crew in a hat is visible in the left mirror 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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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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Beregis Avtomobilya:Superb performance by "King of Soviet actors" Innokenty Smoktunovsky in a film directed by Eldar Ryazanov.
19 October 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Russian film "Watch Out for the Automobile" is about the role of cars in people's lives. It was made at a time when it was not possible for everybody to afford cars. This is one reason why dishonest people were able to buy cars without great difficulty. It is in such an unethical climate that this film's hero decides to steal cars which acquired through illegal money. Director Eldar Ryazanov has directed his film in such a manner that viewers get the feeling that there is nothing extraordinary about this car thief and the cars stolen by him. This effect is created by portraying the hero as an ordinary man who has nothing to do with crime. The film begins with tightly constructed scenes of a heavily guarded car being stolen.This leads viewers to ask what would really happen when the thief is not recognized by other people ? On his part,the car thief is able to fulfill his wishes as he wants to make a wise use of money for poor people. Apart from drama about incidents of car theft,genuine comedy can also be found in form of comical situations witnessed during a Shakespearean play's rehearsal by the hero and his nemesis.Lastly,this film's moral message is conveyed immediately after a truly mind boggling car chase sequence.


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