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Stariki-razboyniki (1972)

An old detective think that he is too young for retiring. With a help of his friends he plans to commit the 'crime of the century' and then quickly solve it. But be a criminal is much more harder than be a policeman.

Director:

Eldar Ryazanov

Writers:

Emil Braginskiy (as E. Braginskiy), Eldar Ryazanov (as E. Ryazanov) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuriy Nikulin ... Nikolay Myachikov
Evgeniy Evstigneev ... Valentin Vorobyov
Olga Aroseva ... Anna Suzdalyeva
Georgiy Burkov ... Fyodor Fedyayev
Andrey Mironov ... Yuriy Proskudin
Valentina Vladimirova ... Mariya Vorobyeva (as V. Vladimirova)
Yuri Belov ... Petya (as Yu. Byelov)
Valentina Talyzina ... sekretarsha Fedyayeva (as V. Talyzina)
Roman Filippov ... Grabitel (as R. Filippov)
Gotlib Roninson ... Vrach (as G. Roninson)
Yuri Smirnov ... Slesar domoupravleniya (as Yu. Smirnov)
Lev Durov ... Shofyor (as L. Durov)
Boris Runge ... Direktor obuvnogo magazina (as B. Runge)
Irina Murzayeva ... Smotritelnitsa v muzeye (as I. Murzayeva)
Nina Agapova ... Smotritelnitsa muzeya (as N. Agapova)
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An old detective does not want to retire, especially if the reason for his retire is to free a place for stupid young "promoted-by-the-tops" guy. The only way out is to convince the boss that hero still can effectively investigate complex crimes. Together with his going-to-be-retired engineer friend he decides to commit a perfect crime himself and then quickly solve it. But the first attempt of ideal crime is unexpectedly unnoticed by anyone; and after convincing their female fried, a bank employee, to participate in another "fake crime" scenario, they face a real trouble: money are finally grabbed by actual criminal. Written by Konstantin Dlutskii <kedlutski@mailexcite.com>; Hleb Rubanau <g.rubanau@gmail.com>

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

7 August 1972 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Old Men: Robbers See more »

Filming Locations:

Lviv, Ukraine See more »

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Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Good tragicomedy
24 March 2008 | by vitalyshiloSee all my reviews

People are usually divided concerning this Ryazanov movie. It's rather hard for an unprepared watcher and many, including Nikulin himself, did not like it. But it's an important milestone both in Ryazanov work as well as in Soviet cinema. Not everyone can read behind the lines, but it's a very deep social and moral satire. Already in this movie Ryazanov made a decisive step towards tragicomedy. Nikulin as the honest and very naive detective actually parodies his former "Gorbunkov" impersonations, coming close to grotesque. The final trial scene is excellent and surrealistic. Short contributions from Andrey Mironov, Georgiy Burkov are excellent. Olga Aroseva was know as TV comedy actress before this movie, and this film makes some insight into her deeper personality and talent. The film is also famous for showing the medieval architecture of Lvov and old vintage trams on its streets.


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