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Back in the U.S.S.R. (1992)

During Gorbatchov's perestroika, Archer Sloan, a Chicago student, visits Moscow while the Soviet Union is changing from Communist to Wild West capitalist society. Purely by bad luck, he ... See full summary »

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Deran Sarafian

Writers:

Lindsay Smith (screenplay), Lindsay Smith (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Whaley ... Archer
Natalya Negoda ... Lena
Roman Polanski ... Kurilov
Andrew Divoff ... Dimitro
Dey Young ... Claudia
Ravil Isyanov ... Georgi
Harry Ditson ... Whittier
Brian Blessed ... Chazov
Constantine Gregory ... Stanley
Aleksei Yevdokimov Aleksei Yevdokimov ... Mikhail (as Alexei Yevdokimov)
Boris Romanov ... Father Peter
Vsevolod Safonov ... Ivan
Yuriy Sarantsev ... Concierge
Oleg Anofriev ... Taxi Driver
Nikolay Averyushkin ... Aide (as Nikolai Averiushkin)
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During Gorbatchov's perestroika, Archer Sloan, a Chicago student, visits Moscow while the Soviet Union is changing from Communist to Wild West capitalist society. Purely by bad luck, he becomes a pawn in a dangerous cat and mouse game for a black Madonna, a precious icon, which was stolen from Russian Orthodox clergy by the quickly rising, rich and corrupt Russian mafia, and then by a black market-girl he followed just as a flirt who didn't know herself what she nicked. The well-connected mobsters find him and threaten his life in no time, and the US embassy isn't very helpful, worse, it's also infiltrated... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conspiración en Rusia See more »

Filming Locations:

Russia

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Gross USA:

$501,036
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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The first U.S. film ever shot entirely in Moscow, Russia. See more »

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Preposterous but entertaining, light thriller
18 January 2002 | by allen214-3See all my reviews

On his last day on vacation in Moscow, a young American's (Frank Whaley) attempts to get laid are sidetracked by a search for a stolen icon with the most preposterous set of plot twists imaginable. Worth watching (perhaps) as the first U.S. production to be filmed entirely in Russia, and much of the visual tour of Moscow is very impressive. Also, many of the performances by the Russian cast, especially co-star Natalya Negoda, are excellent. The film is fast moving, and the motivation and twists, especially the premise, are so ridiculous that one doesn't need to stop and wonder if they're believable -- they quite obviously aren't. Painless to watch if you're not too demanding.


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