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The Promised Heaven (1991)

Nebesa obetovannye (original title)
Many of respectable citizens become tramps after the collapse of the Soviet Union.


Eldar Ryazanov
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Credited cast:
Liya Akhedzhakova ... Fima
Olga Volkova ... Katya Ivanova
Valentin Gaft ... President
Leonid Bronevoy ... 'Banzai', the Colonel
Oleg Basilashvili ... President's friend
Svetlana Nemolyaeva ... President's ex-wife
Natalya Gundareva ... Luska
Roman Kartsev ... Solomon
Vyacheslav Nevinnyy ... Antisemit
Nina Ruslanova
Sergey Artsibashev
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nina Agapova
Oleg Bannikov Oleg Bannikov ... (as O. Bannikov)
Aleksandr Belyavskiy
Mikhail Bocharov


In the new Russia, former middle class citizens find themselves out in the dumps. Literally. They build homes, elect their own government, work, beg, scavenge, date and fight all while living in a huge city dump. Some try to beat the odds and return to society, but it seems that there is only one place left for them to go... Written by Alex Tolkachev <atolkachev@tdsf.com>

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Comedy | Drama


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Written by Andrei Petrov and Eldar Ryazanov
Performed by Yelena Kamburova
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Ryazanov's masterpiece
20 December 1999 | by evita-9See all my reviews

A glance of post-soviet Russia with all it's tragedy, confusion, controvercy and comism. Tragic comism. One of Russia's most loved directors, Eldar Ryazanov, brings you the "great evil empire" at it's ruins, but not from the global and political point of view, but looks at it with the eyes of who that empire was initially built for: common people.

This film is a scream of a sore soul, torn by the generations of cruel system in a country whose people still managed to carry through their ability to love, no matter what.

Ryazanov's wonderful sence of humor makes us laugh with tears in our eyes and it feels like those tears can was away the bitterness and the pain. They don't make forgett, but we don't want to forget.

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Release Date:

1991 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Cinebridge, Mosfilm, Slovo See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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