ⓘ Beware of the Car is a Soviet 1966 crime comedy-drama film directed by Eldar Ryazanov, based on a screenplay by Emil Braginsky and produced by the Mosfilm. The ..

Beware of the Car

ⓘ Beware of the Car

Beware of the Car is a Soviet 1966 crime comedy-drama film directed by Eldar Ryazanov, based on a screenplay by Emil Braginsky and produced by the Mosfilm. The film stars renowned Soviet actors Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Oleg Yefremov, Anatoli Papanov, Andrei Mironov, Georgiy Zhzhonov, among others.

Beregis Avtomobilya is recognized for its noir genre satire as uncommon part of the Brezhnevist society. It is credited to have given Ryazanov a start in depicting Soviet political structure satire as a class of comedy cult films.


1. Plot summary

The movie plot evolves around Yuriy Detochkin Smoktunovsky, a humble Soviet insurance agent suffering from a minor mental disorder. Detochkin applies great resourcefullness and exceptional driving skill to stealing cars from corrupt Soviet officials in a Robin Hood way, disappointed by the Militsiya Soviet police being unable to fight them efficiently. One of the Detochkins un-innocent victims is Dima Semitsvetov Mironov, a retail embezzler hilariously trolled, but still tolerated by his colourful father-in-law Sokol-Kruzhkin Papanov, a retired Soviet Army officer.

Detochkin sells the stolen cars and anonymously transfers the money to the accounts of various orphanages. Detective Maxim Podberyozovikov Yefremov investigates his crimes and tries to prosecute him, but faces a serious moral problem in doing that, partly because the suspect appears to be his amateur theater mate and friend.


2. Cast

  • Georgiy Zhzhonov as a patrol policeman
  • Vyacheslav Nevinny as a car mechanic
  • Innokenty Smoktunovsky as Yuriy Detochkin, former taxi driver, now an insurance agent and a fighter for justice
  • Yevgeniy Yevstigneyev as an acting coach
  • Sergey Kulagin as Philippe Cartuzov, a pub manager
  • Galina Volchek as a customer
  • Anatoli Papanov as Sokol-Kruzhkin, father-in-law of Dima Semitsvetov
  • Oleg Yefremov as Maxim Podberezovikov, detective, working on Detochkins Cause
  • Nikolay Parfyonov as a prosecutor
  • Andrei Mironov as Dima Semitsvetov
  • Gotlib Roninson as Yakov Mihailovich, Senior Insurance Agent, Detochkins boss
  • Tatyana Gavrilova as Inna, wife of Dima Semitsvetov
  • Yakov Lents as Tobacconists shop salesman
  • Lyubov Sokolova as a judge
  • Olga Aroseva as Lyuba, a trolley-bus driver, Detochkins bride
  • Victoria Radunskaya as Tanya, criminalist
  • Boris Runge as a man with suitcases
  • Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya as Detochkins mother
  • Donatas Banionis as a priest, buyer of Detochkins Volga car

3. Interesting facts

  • All cars stolen by Detochkin are "Volga"s - the most prestigious Soviet car model of the time. The fact that "Volga" was the standard personal car for Soviet elite is the intentional satire element of the film which Eldar Ryazanov found very hard to get approved.
  • The waltz performed in the film is a distinguished melody composed by Andrei Petrov. Sergey Nikitins repertoire includes a song named Glassy Gentleman lyrics by Evgeny Evtushenko, which used a waltz from the film.
  • American cars can be spotted in the petrol station scene: a 1955 Buick and a 1955 Oldsmobile. This would have been an extremely rare sighting since the United States had sanctions with the USSR and did not sell cars within the Eastern Bloc.
  • In the film, Detochkin and Podberezovikov act together in an amateur theater which rehearses Hamlet. This is a play from Innokenty Smoktunovskys real-life acting career: he was reputed as the "best Hamlet on the Soviet stage" and starred in a Hamlet film adaptation.


4. Famous quotes

  • Sokol-Kruzhkin to Dima: Put down the birdie!
  • Acting coach: Isnt it time, my friends, we aim a blow at our William, if you know, at Shakespeare?
  • Lyuba to Detochkin: Look at yourself. Youre just. an idiot! allusion to Dostoyevskis The Idiot
  • Sokol-Kruzhkin: Free Yuriy Detochkin!!!
  • Maxim: Excuse me, but maybe youre insane? - Detochkin: Im not. I even have a certificate.
  • Narrator: Crime movie without chase, its like life without love.
  • Dima Semitsvetov to his father-in-law: You are in my home! - Sokol-Kruzhkin: The jail is your home!
  • Sokol-Kruzhkin to Dima: They will put you to jail. So, never dont steal!
  • Maxim: Of course, he is guilty. But he is. not guilty!
  • Dima Semitsvetov to customer: Here is Grundig tape recorder. Four tracks, stereophonic, elegant design. A rare thing, will go out in a minute. The phrase quoted saying ironically about expensive, prestigious stuff
  • Narrator: Everyone with no car, wants to buy it. And anyone who has a car, wants to sell it. And he doesnt do it just because he will stay without a car.

5. Awards

The film was the leader of Soviet film distribution for 1966 watched by 29 million people 11 place. Innokenty Smoktunovsky was recognized as the Best Actor of 1966.

Awards: Edinburgh-66, Sydney-66, Melbourne-67, Cartagena-69.

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