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The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed 

Mesto vstrechi izmenit nelzya (original title)
After WWII is over, a young officer Volodya Sharapov returns to Moscow to work in MUR - Moskovskiy Ugolovny Rozysk (Moscow Criminal Police). There he meets Gleb Zheglov who is a chief of a ... See full summary »








Series cast summary:
Vladimir Vysotskiy ...  Gleb Zheglov 5 episodes, 1979
Vladimir Konkin ...  Vladimir Sharapov 5 episodes, 1979
Sergey Yurskiy ...  Gruzdev 5 episodes, 1979
Aleksandr Belyavskiy ...  Yevgeniy Fox 5 episodes, 1979
Natalya Fateeva ...  Irina Sobolevskaya 5 episodes, 1979
Valeriya Zaklunnaya ...  Klavdiya, Gorbatyi's lover 5 episodes, 1979
Evgeniy Shutov ...  Chief Detective Pankov 5 episodes, 1979
Lev Perfilov ...  Grisha '6x9' Ushivin, photographer 5 episodes, 1979
Aleksandr Milyutin ...  Passyuk Ivan, Criminal Investigator 5 episodes, 1979
Andrey Gradov ...  Kolya Taraskin 5 episodes, 1979
Natalya Danilova ...  Varvara Sinichkina 5 episodes, 1979
Aleksey Mironov ...  Kopytin, driver 5 episodes, 1979
Vsevolod Abdulov ...  Pyotr Solovyov 'Petyunya' 5 episodes, 1979
Lyudmila Davydova ...  Verka 'Modistka' 5 episodes, 1979
Yunona Kareva Yunona Kareva ...  Gruzdeva 5 episodes, 1979
Nina Kornienko ...  Shura, Sharapov's neibour 5 episodes, 1979
Pavel Makhotin ...  Investigator 5 episodes, 1979
Ivan Bortnik ...  'Promokashka' 5 episodes, 1979
Vladlen Paulus ...  Pavel Rodionov, forensic expert 5 episodes, 1979
Oleg Savosin ...  Alexei Tyagunov - Member of the 'Black Cat' Gang 5 episodes, 1979
Vladimir Zharikov Vladimir Zharikov ...  Thug with a knife, member of the 'Black Cat' gang 5 episodes, 1979
Aleksandr Abdulov ...  Driver of 'Black Cat' gang / ... 5 episodes, 1979
Nikolay Slesarev ...  Fedor Petrovich Lipatnikov, Gruzdev's neighbor 5 episodes, 1979
Natalya Chenchik ...  Fake Anya 5 episodes, 1979
Igor Starikov ...  Semen, Shura's disabled husband 5 episodes, 1979
Tatyana Tkach ...  Anna Petrovna Dyachkova, Fox's girlfriend / ... 5 episodes, 1979
Vladimir Goldman Vladimir Goldman ...  Man in the restaurant 5 episodes, 1979
Vadim Yakovlev 5 episodes, 1979
Stanislav Mikhin ...  Uncle Slava 5 episodes, 1979
V. Tumanov V. Tumanov ...  Lieutenant in the restaurant at Zheglov's table 5 episodes, 1979
Zinoviy Gerdt ...  Mihail Mihaylovich Bomze 5 episodes, 1979
A. Radetskaya A. Radetskaya 5 episodes, 1979
Larissa Markaryan ...  Employee of the Criminal Investigation Department 3 episodes, 1979
Yevgeni Stezhko ...  Toporkov, investigator 3 episodes, 1979
Rudolf Mukhin ...  Driver of 'Black Cat' gang 2 episodes, 1979
Lyudmila Gerasimenko Lyudmila Gerasimenko ...  Zheglov's friend 2 episodes, 1979
Vladimir Yevchenko Vladimir Yevchenko ...  Custodian 2 episodes, 1979
Arkadiy Sviderskiy ...  Mamykin 2 episodes, 1979
Nadezhda Popova ...  Store manager 2 episodes, 1979


After WWII is over, a young officer Volodya Sharapov returns to Moscow to work in MUR - Moskovskiy Ugolovny Rozysk (Moscow Criminal Police). There he meets Gleb Zheglov who is a chief of a squad which fights organized crime. Their main task is to track down a gang "Chernaya Koshka" (Black Cat) which terrorizes the city. Also, they have to find out who murdered Larisa Gruzdeva. Zheglov believes it was her husband Ivan Gruzdev, but Sharapov has his doubts about it... Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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In one of the episodes Sharapov walks down the park and some 70's cars can clearly be seen at the distance See more »


Gorbaty , head of 'Black Cat': Bars and women take you to prison.
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Referenced in White Studio: Vladimir Konkin (2018) See more »

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Marvellous detective story in the post-war Moscow
4 February 2021 | by jahn-00325See all my reviews

It's a wonderful example of the great Soviet movies shot for the sake of its spectators but not for the regime and its propaganda machine. Even though it does feature some of the latter, it's skillfully incorporated into the thread of the plot and can be considered as rather an indisputable trait of that time: right after the Great Patriotic War the country and its past lie in ruins, and semi-hungry weary people are left with nothing more than aspirations and hopes towards brighter future. Thus, the historical context of Moscow from that period is very natural and believable.

Although its other feature of a slowly unfolding plot might scare some people away, it lets the creators rigorously portray all the details of the detective business from back then. Additionally, it makes the story whole without contradictory bits and pieces.

Finally, it's just pleasantly exciting to watch the main two characters amazingly played by Vysotskiy and Konkin: the ups and downs of their relations, and how they overcome their irreconcilable distinctions and dissents for the sake of justice and their common goal.

The movie is by far the part of that Soviet legacy that the people of the past era are proud of. Adding to that, it is still affecting the cinematography of the modern Russia. Unfortunately, today there are cohorts of low-quality Russian films produced just as petty copies exploiting the ideas of their successor without adding anything new to them.

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11 November 1979 (Soviet Union) See more »

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