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The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath! 

Ironiya sudby, ili S legkim parom! (original title)
TV-G | | Comedy, Romance | TV Mini-Series (1975)
An incredible story about a man who misplaced the cities and found his love during the one special night - New Year's celebration.
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Series cast summary:
Liya Akhedzhakova ...  Nadya's Friend 2 episodes, 1975
Aleksandr Belyavskiy ...  Sasha 2 episodes, 1975
Barbara Brylska ...  Nadya 2 episodes, 1975
Georgiy Burkov ...  Misha, Zhenya's Friend 2 episodes, 1975
Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya ...  Zhenya's Mother 2 episodes, 1975
Andrey Myagkov ...  Zhenya 2 episodes, 1975
Olga Naumenko ...  Galya 2 episodes, 1975
Gotlib Roninson ...  Zhenya's Neighbour at the Airport 2 episodes, 1975
Eldar Ryazanov ...  Zhenya's Neighbour in the Plane 2 episodes, 1975
Aleksandr Shirvindt ...  Pavel, Zhenya's Friend 2 episodes, 1975
Lyubov Sokolova ...  Nadya's Mother 2 episodes, 1975
Valentina Talyzina ...  Nadya / ... 2 episodes, 1975
Yuriy Yakovlev ...  Ippolit 2 episodes, 1975


A group of old friends have a tradition of going to a public bathing house on New Years eve. Incidentally, too much vodka and beer makes two of them unconscious. The problem is that one of them (Sasha) has to go to Leningrad but another one (Zhenya) goes. Zhenya wakes up at Leningrad airport. Believing that he is still in Moscow he takes a taxi and goes home. The street name, building and even apartment number, the way an apartment complex looks the same and the key coincide completely - just typical Soviet-type 'economy' architecture. Imagine the surprise of Nadya when she enters her apartment and finds a man without trousers in her bed. What's more - Nadya's fiancé also finds him there... Written by Konstantin Dlutskii <kedlutski@mailexcite.com> and sergiek

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Comedy | Romance


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The film is a classic piece of Russian popular culture and is traditionally broadcast in Russia and almost all former Soviet republics every New Year's Eve. This tradition was discontinued in Ukraine in 2015 when license holder STB decided not to broadcast the movie after actress Valentina Talyzina was banned from entering Ukraine for "statements contradicting the interests of national security". See more »


The word "isklyuchitelno" (exceptional) has been misspelled in the introduction text. The word is written as "iskyuchitelno". See more »


Zhenya: 3rd Constructors St., 25, apartment 12, 4th floor.
Taxi driver: I don't care if it's the 5th!
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Referenced in Ironiya lyubvi (2010) See more »


Mne nravitsya...
Written by Mikael Tariverdiev and Marina Tsvetaeva (as Marina Tsvetayeva)
Performed by Alla Pugacheva
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17 February 2006 | by trionon07See all my reviews

This film has celebrated its 30th anniversary on this 2006 New Year Eve, and there was a special programme about the creation of the film, actors etc. Apparently, the whole country (then USSR) watched it when it was first shown in 1976, and they wanted to see if the rating would be the same 30 years later. I have to say, I have been watching this film religiously since early teens every New Year and when I moved to live in the UK, the video recording of "Ironiya" was one of the essential items I brought with me. It's one of those films that I can watch over and over again, instant mood lifter, and I just can't imagine my New Year day / eve without it, and a bottle of "Soviet" champagne, and Russian salad, and the proverbial Jellied fish that Ippolit referred to as "muck" (I think the closest translation I can think of). On my way back from Moscow to London in Janaury, I tried to purchase a DVD copy in the airport but was told by the assistant that they are permanently sold out!!!

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Release Date:

31 December 1975 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath! See more »

Filming Locations:

Cheremushki, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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