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A kindly kindergarten teacher finds himself chasing stolen treasure to thwart dangerous robbers who have stolen Alexander the Great's helmet. Determined to return the artifact to his own country, our hero infiltrates the band of thieves, and his kindness and teaching experience have an unexpected effect on the hardened criminals.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Package Dimensions : 7.1 x 5.42 x 0.58 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Aleksandr Seryj
- Media Format : Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 28 minutes
- Release date : December 10, 2002
- Actors : Evgeniy Leonov, Georgiy Vitsin, Radner Muratov, Saveliy Kramarov, Natalya Fateeva
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, German, French, Russian
- Language : Russian (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Image Entertainment
- ASIN : B0000714AY
- Writers : Georgiy Daneliya, Viktoriya Tokareva
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #183,668 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The movie follows the story of an amiable kindergarten director named Troshkin who looks exactly like a criminal called Docent (Äîöåíò, literally associate professor) that has stolen Alexander the Great's helmet at an archeological excavation. Docent and his gang are caught by police, but Docent is imprisoned in a different jail than his mates. Since Troshkin looks identical to Docent, the police puts him in prison with the real criminals to get information about the stolen helmet. He must pretend to be the real felon Docent, so in order to be convincing, Troshkin, a well-educated and good-natured man, has to learn slang and manners of criminals.
I'd recommend this movie to everyone to watch - it's interesting and you don't get tired of watching it. Good quality!
It's important to note all the work that Image Entertainment has put into this edition. The audio/video quality is excellent as always. The menu page can be in English or Russian. The subtitles are in many languages including English and Russian. The Russian subtitles are very useful for people like me that have studied the language, but are not completely fluent, and also for the children of Russian immigrants.
One movie that I still watch, however, and still find gut-bustingly funny is Dzhentlemeny Udachi (this film). The acting, the humor and the Soviet propaganda just make it so delightfully hilarious (and to some extent camp), that I can't see myself not watching this film at least once a year.
There are lots of other Soviet comedies that are funny, but most of them have lost their appeal. That's not something I can say about this film which has the best replay value of all Soviet comedies - at least for me.
What makes a soviet era movie so good is that they all have clean humor pretty much rated `G' without need for profanity and cheap jokes of today's Russian flicks trying to imitate worst of American movie culture.
This movie is still one of my favorites along with Diamond Arm and few others.