7.8/10
2,085
9 user 1 critic
ASSA is set in Crimea during the winter in the mid eighties. A young musician (Bananan) falls for mobster's (Krymov) young mistress (Alika). The parallel story line involves an 18th century... See full summary »

Director:

Sergey Solovev
Reviews
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Needle (1988)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Moro returns to Alma Ata to collect money owed to him. While waiting out an unexpected delay, he visits his former girlfriend Dina, and discovers she has become a morphine addict. He ... See full summary »

Director: Rashid Nugmanov
Stars: Viktor Tsoy, Marina Smirnova, Pyotr Mamonov
Courier (1986)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of a teenager boy in times of the comunism fall in the Soviet Union.

Director: Karen Shakhnazarov
Stars: Fyodor Dunayevsky, Anastasiya Nemolyaeva, Oleg Basilashvili
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In fact, people who then appear around Mitya are all unique, eccentric and the space of the apartment house begins to have an unrealistic character as a miniature of unstable society in the end of Soviet Union.

Director: Sergey Solovev
Stars: Tatyana Drubich, Aleksandr Abdulov, Mikhail Rozanov
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A group of Russian teenagers spend their summer at a summer camp. Mitia falls in love and gets so occupied with his own problems that he forgets the others.

Director: Sergey Solovev
Stars: Boris Tokarev, Tatyana Drubich, Irina Malysheva
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

School teacher is cheating on his wife and lies about it.

Director: Georgiy Daneliya
Stars: Oleg Basilashvili, Natalya Gundareva, Marina Neyolova
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A very good cop tries to catch a very insidious and extremely clever serial car thief. The bitter irony is that the thief is not very clever, absolutely not insidious, and moreover - a virtuous person and his friend.

Director: Eldar Ryazanov
Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Oleg Efremov, Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Young Siberian writer Volodya meets Kolya in the Moscow metro in his visit to a famous author. Volodya and Kolya's friend Sasha adventure their love interests in their own way, while Kolya sets out to help them.

Director: Georgiy Daneliya
Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Aleksei Loktev, Galina Polskikh
Afonya (1975)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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

Director: Georgiy Daneliya
Stars: Leonid Kuravlyov, Evgeniya Simonova, Evgeniy Leonov
Chuchelo (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Unpopular girl being bullied in her class.

Director: Rolan Bykov
Stars: Christina Orbakaite, Yuriy Nikulin, Elena Sanaeva
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

An ordinary Soviet citizen accidentally intervenes into the huge operation of international criminal group that trades illegally obtained jewelry.

Director: Leonid Gaidai
Stars: Yuriy Nikulin, Nina Grebeshkova, Andrey Mironov
Certificate: TV-13 Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

It so happens that peaceful kindergarten teacher is incredibly similar to the terrible villain who stole the helmet of Alexander the Great. And villain's accomplices are unexpectedly similar to children - they also need love and care.

Director: Aleksandr Sery
Stars: Evgeniy Leonov, Georgiy Vitsin, Radner Muratov
Mimino (1977)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Pilot Mimino works at small local airlines in Georgia, flying helicopters between small villages. He dreams of piloting large international airlines aircrafts, so he goes to Moscow for ... See full summary »

Director: Georgiy Daneliya
Stars: Vakhtang Kikabidze, Mher Mkrtchyan, Elena Proklova
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natan Eidelman Natan Eidelman ... Golos ot avtora (voice)
Anatoly Slivnikov ... Ambal
German Shorr German Shorr ... Chir
Ilya Ivanov Ilya Ivanov ... Shar
Aleksandr Bashirov ... Mayor
Viktor Tsoy Viktor Tsoy ... Viktor Tsoy
Sergei Ryzhenko Sergei Ryzhenko ... Sergey - skripka
Timur Novikov Timur Novikov ... Timur - klavishnye
Andrei Krisanov Andrei Krisanov ... Andrey - bas-gitara
Georgi Guryanov Georgi Guryanov ... Gustav - udarnye (as Gustav Guryanov)
Kirill Kozakov Kirill Kozakov ... Platon Zubov (as Kirill Kazakov)
Aleksandr Domogarov ... Aleksandr I
Dmitriy Dolinin Dmitriy Dolinin ... Pavel I
Andrei Khalyavin Andrei Khalyavin ... Boroda - sotrudnik KGB
Irena Kuksenaite Irena Kuksenaite ... Sputnitsa Borody
Edit

Storyline

ASSA is set in Crimea during the winter in the mid eighties. A young musician (Bananan) falls for mobster's (Krymov) young mistress (Alika). The parallel story line involves an 18th century assassination plot. Written by Andrew Obin <aobin@lehman.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | French

Release Date:

April 1988 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Асса See more »

Filming Locations:

Crimea, Ukraine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Krug, Mosfilm See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Swimming scenes were shot in summer, so the snow on water and land is artificial. See more »


Soundtracks

VVS
(uncredited)
Written by Aleksandr Sinitsyn
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An unpleasant freak-show with very bitter taste
28 June 2007 | by AndreiPavlovSee all my reviews

One can find many redeeming qualities inside this movie, I am sure. But to me it is a very peculiar film to be enjoyed.

My point is: certain things are destroying this movie. Here I mean unpleasant and filthy atmosphere. It creeps onto you gradually and makes viewing of the whole thing kind of repellent. Yes, it's got nice pieces of music (including the last song performed by a cult Soviet/Russian musician), it's got some inventive touches: weird vocabulary (too detailed though), a strange Bananan's "dream" sequence (too short and cheap); strange theatrical "freak-show" (too depressive and awkward to my taste), juxtaposition of different time periods in the history of our country (too dark and gloomy), and so on. It has wacky characters (schizophrenics, dwarfs, boozers, punks, maniacal killers, and Soviet squares) as well. But if the movie is aesthetically repellent, it gets into a ditch no matter how much potential it has. First time I saw it, it seemed fresh and innovative, but in the course of time it gets … plain (meaning "ugly") and sick, sorry.

By the way, in our country a gramophone record "Assa" was once released that contained all the songs from the movie (as I remember, "VVS, Voienno-Vozdushniye Sily" was our favourite at school).

Can give it 4 out of 10 only (the points are mostly for its freaking pieces of music compositions - alas, this movie is an example of "frustrated gifts", like "A Clockwork Orange"). Thank you for attention.


5 of 40 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed