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The Russian Specialist (2005)

The Mechanik (original title)
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Spetnaz (Special Ops) veteran Nick Cherenko leaves Russia after his son and wife are killed in a gunfight by drug lord Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov's mob men. He's threatened with exposure as ... See full summary »

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Dolph Lundgren

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Bryan Edward Hill (screenplay), Dolph Lundgren (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... Nikolai Cherenko
Ben Cross ... William Burton
Ivan Petrushinov Ivan Petrushinov ... Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov
Olivia Lee ... Julia Abramoff
Raicho Vasilev Raicho Vasilev ... Achmed (as Raicho Vassilev)
Assen Blatechki Assen Blatechki ... Yuri
Antony Argirov Antony Argirov ... Serie
Valeri Yordanov ... Alexi
Dejan Angelov ... Pavel
Ivaylo Geraskov Ivaylo Geraskov ... Leo (as Ivailo Geraskov)
Hilda van der Meulen ... Alina Cherenko
Naum Shopov Naum Shopov ... Vanya Cherenko
Atanas Srebrev ... John Ridley (as Nasko Srebrev)
Levana Finkelstein ... Mary Abramoff
Nikolai Sotirov Nikolai Sotirov ... Victor Chertoff
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Storyline

Spetnaz (Special Ops) veteran Nick Cherenko leaves Russia after his son and wife are killed in a gunfight by drug lord Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov's mob men. He's threatened with exposure as illegal car mechanic in L.A. by a fellow ex-pat tycoon who offers him $500,000 to liberate her kidnapped daughter. He only takes the job when told the capturers are Sasha's goons again. The mission's long path to find the girl and escape over the Finnish border, where his team is to be paid, is littered with blood and corpses. Written by KGF Vissers

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They took his family. Now he's out for revenge.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

Russian | English

Release Date:

2 November 2006 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

Also Known As:

The Russian Specialist See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Principal photography took place during 32 days. See more »

Goofs

In some scenes the registrations of the cars are Russian, in others they are Bulgarian. See more »

Quotes

William Burton: What's your plan?
Nick Cherenko: Kill Them All.
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Referenced in Making of 'The Mechanik' (2006) See more »

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Written by Brian Schram (ASCAP)
Performed by The Brian Schram Band
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Not that bad....
19 April 2007 | by eksellentzSee all my reviews

This is actually one of the few western movies about Russia and Russians that is not following official propaganda lines like "Russians-are-bad-people" or "bears-walking-in-the-streets-of-Moscow". More modern are for sure something like "no-freedom-of-speech" or "Putin-killed-that-London-spy" :)

Anyway, this flick is NOT anything of that mentioned above. This is a story about crime, that's sure, but the movie is very objective with quite OK script and even not that bad acting. And it's actually filmed in Russia, not Prague or other places that would "look-like-Russia" for western viewers. :) There is just one major miss - once again Hollywood failed to find some Russians to play the parts of Russians :) - but hiring Bulgarians is still better that just having Americans pronouncing something completely ridiculous that should sound like "Russian" :)

Funny, once more "The Big Swedish" - Dolph - is playing a Russian guy. :) :) Only this time a good one :)


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