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Blind Man's Bluff (2005)

Zhmurki (original title)
This movie is about the stern gangster customs of one of the Russian provincial cities in the mid-90s . And you could expect either a stupid game of blind man's buffets or a truly bloody showdown with the stacks of "bluffers".

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Aleksey Balabanov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Panin ... Sergey
Dmitriy Dyuzhev ... Simon
Nikita Mikhalkov ... Sergey Mikhaylovich
Sergey Makovetskiy ... Koron
Anatoliy Zhuravlyov Anatoliy Zhuravlyov ... Bala
Grigoriy Siyatvinda ... Eggplant
Viktor Sukhorukov ... Stepan
Aleksey Serebryakov ... Doctor
Garik Sukachyov ... Brain
Andrey Panin ... Architect
Kirill Pirogov ... Executioner
Yuriy Stepanov Yuriy Stepanov ... Boar
Renata Litvinova ... Waitress, Secretary
Zhanna Bolotova ... Teacher
Tatyana Dogileva ... Secretary
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Storyline

Blindfolds - an old Russian game: leading, blindfolded, catches the rest of the players. Nizhny Novgorod. Two small bandits Serega and Simon worked for a big criminal Sergei Mikhailovich. But this time they failed the mission: he ordered to bring a chemist who claimed that he made a new portion of white powder, and Serega and Simon staged a real carnage in the laboratory, leaving there dead bodies - a chemist and a couple of his guards. Sergei Mikhailovich was very angry, but limited himself to oral suggestion, after which he gave the guys another assignment: to go to the law firm and exchange a suitcase with money for a suitcase with heroin. But even here Serega and Simon were unlucky: the exchange took place, only at the exit from the office they were met by Koron, Bala and Eggplant - three bandits hired by the senior police lieutenant Stepan, a "werewolf in uniform", dreaming to throw Sergei Mikhailovich on big dough. Written by Oskarzhan

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Taglines:

For those who survived the 90s

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Official Sites:

Official site [Russia]

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | English

Release Date:

2 June 2005 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Blind Man's Bluff See more »

Filming Locations:

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,367,416 (Russia), 5 June 2005
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CTB Film Company See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Early version of the script contains 18 dead bodies. See more »

Goofs

The many continuity lapses and other apparent technical errors are a matter of deliberate stylistic choice in this pastiche of 1990s Russian-Mafia movies. See more »

Quotes

Simon: Let's kill the negro. I don't like them.
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Referenced in Vdud (2017) See more »

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Guy Ritchie's movie in Russian
26 February 2006 | by burakovchikSee all my reviews

The movie shows how modern authority figures gained their power and capital. A lot of them came from not so clean jobs and the movies shows details of that.

Two guys - Simon (Duzhev) and Sergey (Aleksey Panin) - are working for a local mobster (Mikhalkov) as negotiators (extortion specialists actually) and killers. They are not brain surgeons and are quick to pull out a gun, which always puts them in different awkward situations. Considering there are competitors such as crooked cop, local dumb criminals and other low-life element, Simon and Sergey are in for a fun ride... Expect lot of gunshots and a sea of blood.

The movie has gathered a great number of Russian cinema stars even in episodic roles (Andrey Panin is an architect, Andrey Krasko is an unlucky neighbor, Dmitriy Pevtzov is a drug-dealing lawyer, etc.), which makes the movie so much fun to watch. Under a virtuoso management of the director Aleksey Balaganov all characters are simply dumb and extremely standardized, which makes it look like a joke.

Just like Guy Ritchie's movies this one can not really be taken too seriously. On the other hand it's too much dark humor and too much blood to be considered a comedy.

Just keep in mind that it is a true biography of some today's Russian politicians. Perhaps, that will leave you thinking.

p.s. "The Russian Ethiopian" is absolutely hilarious!


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