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The Garage (1980)

Garazh (original title)
Meeting of the garage cooperative must exclude four own members because of a new highway's building. After the meeting it becomes clear that the exit door is closed by one of the members, who requires an equitable solution.


Eldar Ryazanov




Cast overview, first billed only:
Liya Akhedzhakova ... Yelena Malayeva
Iya Savvina ... Lidiya Anikeyeva
Svetlana Nemolyaeva ... zhena Guskova
Valentin Gaft ... Sidorin
Georgiy Burkov ... Vitaliy Fetisov
Vyacheslav Nevinnyy ... Karpukhin
Andrey Myagkov ... Semyon Khvostov
Leonid Markov ... Pavel Smirnovskiy
Igor Kostolevskiy ... syn Miloserdova
Olga Ostroumova ... Marina
Anastasiya Voznesenskaya ... Alla Kushakova
Gleb Strizhenov ... Aleksandrov Yakubov
Borislav Brondukov ... Zhenikh (as Boryslav Brondukov)
Semyon Farada ... Trombonist
Natalya Gurzo ... Natasha


The members of a Soviet cooperative have pooled their money to have a badly needed parking garage built. But it turns out that the garage will have four fewer spaces than planned. In brutal Soviet style, the four least-well connected members are evicted from the cooperative in a mock vote, losing their entire investment. But one member, Malayeva, does the unthinkable. As if taking on the entire corrupt Soviet system, she quixotically locks down the meeting room and throws away the key. Chaos reigns through the night until the privileged are forced to negotiate for the first time in their lives. A madcap, rollicking, biting satire that Brezhnev banned. Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>, edited by Dean Meservy

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Anikeeva: Let the minutes reflect the sale of our Motherland.
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One of my all time favorites!
30 January 2005 | by ilia_davidovichSee all my reviews

This movie is one of the best by Riazanov. It's not appreciated as much as "Ironia Sudby", because of its strong satire, I believe many people from former Soviet Union can easily recognize themselves on either side of that usual conflict of interests. And as usual one side has an ultimate advantage, thus gets furiously attacked by other trying to level the disposition. Once being the theater show, the movie preserves the theatrical spirit, the scenes are long and the pace is moderate. Starring actors are usual for Riazanov's cast, all his favorites in: Oleg Miagkov, Lia Ahedzhakova, Gerogy Burkov are performing exceptionally well. As mentioned by previous reviewer, the subject is acceptable for any person familiar with corporate culture and the script is full of hilarious lines, soviet jokes of 70's, and even romance. Highly Recommended!

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Release Date:

10 March 1980 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Гараж See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia

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Mosfilm See more »
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1.37 : 1
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