Vory v Zakone (1987)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama  |   Countries - USSR  |  
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Originally Vory v Zakone, this uncompromising Russian drama takes place during the Brezhnev years, when corruption reigned unchecked. Anna Samokhina plays a mob moll caught in the middle of a blood feud between gangsters Boris Scherbakov and Arnis Licitis. Bartender Vladimir Steklov, who loves Samokhina, tries to help her out, to no avail. The on-the-take cops aren't much use either; they're more preoccupied with framing one of their own to keep him from informing on his colleagues. Kings of Crime was adapted from two short stories by Fazil Iskander.

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bad-guy-vs-bad-guy, corruption, feud, gangster, love-triangle, police, police-corruption