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Dezha vyu (1990)

During the Prohibition, Chicago mob send a hitman after a traitor. The only problem is that his traces lead to Odessa, and no one hitman can overcome the hardcore Soviet bureaucracy.


Juliusz Machulski


Aleksandr Borodyanskiy (screenplay), Juliusz Machulski (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerzy Stuhr ... Johnny Pollack
Galina Petrova ... Klara Glushko
Nikolay Karachentsov ... Mishka Yaponchik (Mike the Little Jap)
Vladimir Golovin ... Mick Nich (Mikita Nichiporuk)
Liza Machulska ... Afrodita Perepletchikova
Viktor Stepanov ... Petro Krivonoschenko
Oleg Shklovsky ... George (Sr. Lt. Perepletchikov)
Vasiliy Mishchenko ... Kostya
Vladimir Belousov ... Reporter
Vsevolod Safonov ... professor Babochkin
Gennadi Vengerov ... Sanitar Petrovich (as Gennadiy Vengerov)
Vitaliy Shapovalov ... Shveitsar
Wojciech Wysocki ... Franko De Niro
Armen Khostikyan ... dyadya Ashot (as A. Khostekyan)
Murad Janibekyan Murad Janibekyan ... Aram Polakyan (as M. Dzhanibekyan)


The Prohibition years. Chicago bootleggers suffer losses due to their betrayal by one Mick Nich - Mikita Nichiporuk. The mob decides to execute the traitor, who escaped to Odessa, USSR, and organized his own bootleg business there. The hitman, Pollack, arrives in Odessa, and realizes how hard it is to make the hit here, as compared to a civilized country like USA. Written by FD <junta@komkon.org>

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Comedy | Crime | History




Poland | Soviet Union


English | Russian | Polish

Release Date:

18 April 1990 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Дежа вю See more »

Filming Locations:

Odessa, Ukraine

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Johnny Pollack: Where can I exchange the currency?
Hotel Administrator: In the bank. But better yet...
Hotel Administrator: in the Nichiporuk Bakery
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Featured in V.I.P. (1991) See more »

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A comedy, a farce, a medium job
31 July 2006 | by denis888See all my reviews

The joint Polish-Soviet film had to be something very funny and fresh. Indeed, the very theme seems to be very promising - 1923, a police informer runs from Chicago to the Soviet city Odessa, that lies at the Black Sea coast, then, the killer is sent to murder him. This hapless killer, played by the great Jerzy Stuhr, is met with the strangling Soviet hospitality, he is mistaken with the famous scientist, he is in the series of the extremely funny gags, and finally he fails to commit his job. The play of the Russian film stars is also great - Nikolay Karachentsov plays a mafia bootlegger, and the untimely demised Viktor Stepanov plays a noisy Ukrainian farmer, also, the small role of Cesare Pazura as a German bicyclist is also great. But in general, the film is far too long, too banal often and the unnecessary nudity scenes and pointless musical interludes make it a half-hearted job.

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