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City Unplugged (1993)

Tallinn pimeduses (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Thriller | 23 June 1995 (USA)
In August, 1991, Estonia reclaims its independence from the USSR and brings to its national bank nearly $1 billion in gold bullion hidden in Paris for 50 years. Russian mobsters have a bold... See full summary »

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Ivo Uukkivi ... Toivo
Milena Gulbe ... Maria
Monika Mäger ... Terje
Enn Klooren ... Mihhail
Väino Laes ... Andres (as Väinö Laes)
Peeter Oja ... Dimitri
... Anton
Villem Indrikson ... Kallas
Andres Raag ... Contreras, Gerardo
Martin Tulmin
Kadri Kilvet ... Nurse
Salme Poopuu ... Nurse (as Salme Soopuu)
Ulvi Kreitsmann ... Nurse
Aleksander Kortava
Tõnu Kark
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In August, 1991, Estonia reclaims its independence from the USSR and brings to its national bank nearly $1 billion in gold bullion hidden in Paris for 50 years. Russian mobsters have a bold plan to hijack the gold after shutting down the capital's power at midnight. For this they need Toivo, an electrical technician. His wife is pregnant and she urges him to take the job ("$5000 buys lots of baby food"). After Toivo leaves for the plant, his wife goes into labor. Birth and blackout happen simultaneously; the baby needs an incubator, but there's no power. Jealousies within the Mob undercut the plan's smooth operation, and soon the Mob has Toivo to deal with as well. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One nerve-racking film!
2 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this at a foreign film festival. It's a beautifully paced nail-biter about a plot to relieve the Estonian treasury of a billion or so in gold. It's all shot in a gritty, grainy style that Hollywood rarely uses --- but it captures the atmosphere of the newly emancipated Baltic states beautifully (note: Tallin was actually looking a lot less grim in 2003 when I was there).

There's a lot of humor and some romance, too. I don't want to spoil a number of startling yet logical surprises, so I'll just say this heist film starts from a great script, and the directing and performances are top notch. DARKNESS IN TALLIN is simply the fastest and most nerve-racking example of its genre --- I'd put it up against RAFIFI, TOPKAPI, and it's miles ahead of the new OCEAN'S 11, though (deliberately) not as glossy. RENT OR BUY IT NOW.


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