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Hipsters (2008)

Stilyagi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | October 2011 (USA)
Young people struggle to do things their way in the 1950s.

Writers:

Yuriy Korotkov, Valeriy Todorovskiy (libretto)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Shagin ... Mels
Oksana Akinshina ... Polza
Evgenia Brik ... Katya (as Evgeniya Brik)
Max Matveev ... Fred (as Maksim Matveev)
Igor Voynarovskiy Igor Voynarovskiy ... Bob
Ekaterina Vilkova ... Betsi
Konstantin Balakirev Konstantin Balakirev ... Dryn
Aleksandr Stefantsov Aleksandr Stefantsov ... Nolik
Georgiy Sivokhin Georgiy Sivokhin ... Kim
Olga Filimonova ... Sherri (as Olga Smirnova)
Yanina Melekhova Yanina Melekhova ... Liza (as Yanina Buyko)
Irina Rozanova ... Mat Polzy
Sergey Garmash ... Otets Melsa
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Otets Freda
Aleksey Gorbunov ... Labukh
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Storyline

While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz. Straight-laced 20-year-old Communist Mels finds these brazen 'hipsters' shocking until he falls under the spell of one, namely Polly, and joins the new revolution. Soon he's a peacock, cavorting in the latest flashy fashions, sporting an enormous pompadour and wailing on the saxophone. Written by Production

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Taglines:

Moscow 1955. Hot Jazz Meets Cold War.

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boogie Bones See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,378,892 (Russia), 28 December 2008, Wide Release
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Krasnaya Strela See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Director's Cut) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Igor Voynarovskiy had to put on 20 kilograms to play Bob. See more »

Quotes

Katya: I don't want to be different
Mels: Why?
Katya: Because I don't imagine being better than others
Mels: You're not better, you're not worse. You're just different! Do you understand?
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical version was cut by ca. 12 minutes of more "dramatic" scenes. These scenes were restored for the DVD version and include:
  • A scene at the beginning where a sick patient is examined by Bob, who then uses his X-ray picture to create a bootleg LP.
  • Bob's arrest by the NKVD (predecessors of KGB) as he tries to buy jazz albums from an American.
  • The visit of Polza's mother at Mels' father, where she starts a fight with Polza.
  • The "squeaky bed" episode.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Vosmiklassnitsa
Written and Music by Viktor Tsoy
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Stylish
1 August 2009 | by brazhka15See all my reviews

The picture is stylish and colorful. Nevertheless, it will be better understood and perceived by Russian people, by those who grew in the Soviet Union as an adolescence and who knows what's it's like to constantly be under the pressure of the system. By wearing bright clothes and make-up, by dancing to the forbidden music, these guys resist "greyness" and boredom of the time. They try to change not only themselves , but also the milieu which surrounds them and every day and every night controls their private lives. Music is great, but again mostly it's Russian, and only those who knows it, will get this "nostalgic" feeling while watching the movie.


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