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City Unplugged (1993)

Tallinn pimeduses (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, 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 »


Paul Kolsby (screenplay), Ilkka Järvi-Laturi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivo Uukkivi Ivo Uukkivi ... Toivo
Milena Gulbe Milena Gulbe ... Maria
Monika Mäger Monika Mäger ... Terje
Enn Klooren ... Mihhail
Väino Laes Väino Laes ... Andres
Peeter Oja Peeter Oja ... Dimitri
Jüri Järvet ... Anton
Villem Indrikson Villem Indrikson ... Kallas
Andres Raag Andres Raag ... Kallase kaaslane
Gerardo Contreras Gerardo Contreras ... Doctor
Martin Tulmin Martin Tulmin ... Beebi
Kadri Kilvet Kadri Kilvet ... Meditsiiniõde
Salme Poopuu Salme Poopuu ... Meditsiiniõde
Ulvi Kreitsmann Ulvi Kreitsmann ... Meditsiiniõde
Kristel Kärner Kristel Kärner ... Rase naine


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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Was the first Estonian feature-film made after its independence. See more »

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Darkness in Tallinn : an extraordinary comedy film reflecting nuances of Baltic culture.
15 September 2008 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

This is one of those landmark films which needs to be situated in the context of time.Darkness in Tallinn was made in 1993.It was a period of chaos,confusion and gross disorder not only for ordinary denizens of Estonia but also for countless citizens of other former nations which were a part of mighty Soviet empire.It was in such a tense climate that a young country named Estonia was born.As newly established governments are known to encounter teething problems,Estonia too faced numerous troubles as some corrupt officials manipulated state machinery for filling their dirty pockets by making use of their selfish means.This is one of this film's core themes.Darkness in Tallinn appears as an Estonian film but it was made by a Finnish director Ilka Järvilaturi. He has tried his best to infuse as many possible doses of Estonian humor.This is why one can call it a comedy film of political undertones.As ordinary people are involved in this film, we can say that this film signifies good versus evil.This is not a new concept as it is readily available in most of the religious books of different faiths.Darkness in Talinn shows us as to how ordinary governments can also be toppled by corrupt people.A nice film to watch on a sunny day.

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Release Date:

23 June 1995 (USA) See more »

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City Unplugged See more »

Filming Locations:

Tallinn, Estonia

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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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