Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Based on a true story, this fast-paced light comedy follows the antics of a couple of sharpsters bent on making a quick profit in 1961 Russia. At that time, the currency was being revalued downward, so that 100 old rubles would equal 10 new ones. Everyone had to exchange their old paper money for the new currency. However, coins would retain their full value. Naturally, anyone eager to multiply his money like these two would quickly exchange cash for coins. Considering himself too important to run around the countryside conning coins from rural hayseeds, the originator of this idea sends his reliable associate, a young mute, driving through the countryside along with a persuasive (if often drunk) interpreter.