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A carefree plumber spends his days drinking and chasing women, but the emptiness of his life starts catching up to him.

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Georgiy Daneliya
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonid Kuravlyov ... Afanasy Nikolayevich Borshchov - Afonya
Evgeniya Simonova ... Katya
Evgeniy Leonov ... Kolya
Saveliy Kramarov ... Yegoza
Nina Maslova ... Yelena
Borislav Brondukov ... Fedul
Valentina Talyzina ... Lyudmila Ivanovna Vostryakova, master ZHEKa (as V. Talyzina)
Vladimir Basov ... Vladimir Ivanovich Belikov, sotrudnik ZHEKa (as V.Basov)
Nikolay Parfyonov ... Boris Petrovich Fomin, predsedatel mestkoma (as N.Parfyonov)
Gotlib Roninson ... Astronom v khalate (as G.Roninson)
Tatyana Rasputina Tatyana Rasputina ... Lyudmila,devushka na tantsakh (as T.Katayeva)
Raisa Kurkina ... tetya Frosya, tetka Afonyi (as R. Kurkina)
Nina Ruslanova ... Tamara, podruga Afonyi (as N.Ruslanova)
Tatyana Teterina Tatyana Teterina ... Leshchova, telefonistka (as T. Teterina)
Nikolay Grabbe ... Vladimir Nikolayevich, nachalnik ZHEKa (as N.Grabbe)
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Storyline

The 1975 film by Georgi Daneliya "Afonya" was an unexpected commercial hit in USSR. The main character Borshev A.N. is a Plumber who spends his free time, as well as working hours, drinking with his buddies whom he even doesn't recognize the next day after another heavy drink. His girlfriend leaves him, his boss places him on probation, his whole life is falling a part but he doesn't realize it. There is only one person who can save him - a nurse by the name Katya whom he met at a disco and didn't pay much attention to... Daneliya manages to balance in the film satire and drama, quotes from the film gained a cult status in Russia and other former countries of USSR. Written by Pavel P.

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Plokhoi Horoshi Chelovek (Bad Good Man )

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG
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Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

13 October 1975 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Афоня See more »

Filming Locations:

Yaroslavl, Russia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For the disco club scene two real Russian bands were invited to play, "Arax" and "Mashina Vremeny" both extremely popular back then. Information leaked to the public and set was overcrowded by both bands' fans to listen for their music and eventually provide mass dancing background free of charge for the film makers, completely unexpected. See more »

Quotes

Fedul, Afonya's creditor: Afonya! Hey, friend call Afonya!
[talking to Afonya's guest]
Afonya's guest: He is not in.
Fedul, Afonya's creditor: Where is he?
Fedul's pal: He left.
Fedul, Afonya's creditor: How?
Afonya's guest: He left to collect potatoes.
Fedul, Afonya's creditor: Oh! I don't like such people
[talking to his friend]
Fedul's pal: Who is this?
[...]
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Referenced in Deadly Cruise (2016) See more »

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Perfect visualization of human relations in one big country.
10 August 2006 | by baltic-1See all my reviews

One of my favorite USSR movies. Offers huge psychological background for viewer. Many are keen to think "Afonya" is a comedy, but i would rather call it tragical comedy. Movie shows many details of general USSR citizen life, but i would say it goes even much deeper, and tries to analyze human relations, especially it is visible in discussions between main hero and friend, who stays at his place, after wife drives him off home. Danelia made movie very close to reality, and guess everyone who had lived in USSR could recognize there himself. Tricked hopes, lost chances in past, lack of reversible love - all is there. Till the very end you have no clue how it will end, as in life. Some moments make you cry, some to laugh, but i guess there is no moment when you get indifferent to actions on screen. Great job by Danelia!


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