Shirli Myrli (1995)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Comedy, Slapstick  |   Release Date - May 31, 1995 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 143 min.  |   Countries - Russia  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Sandra Brennan

The confusion inherit in contemporary Russian society provides the basis of this slapstick social satire that focuses on a case of mistaken identity. The trouble begins in a Siberian diamond field as miners bring to light the world's biggest diamond. So valuable is the giant gem, that it will not only pay off the enormous national debt, it will also allow every Russian citizen to move to the Canary Islands. Unfortunately, the Mafia plans to steal the massive stone. Their plans are foiled when a renowned thief, Vesja, exchanges stones at the airport. Now the chase is on as the Mafia begins its pursuit. Also chasing him is the inept police chief Igor Ugolnikov, who trails him to the home of his alcoholic auntie. But Vesja, a master of disguise, still eludes them all. He then learns that he is a triplet when his two brothers suddenly appear. One is a renowned Jewish conductor, and the other brother is a gypsy. The conductor, Imokenty, has come back to Russia to marry a fluff-headed American divorcee. Mayhem and a merry chase ensue as he continues to elude his pursuers.



escape, gangster, chase, disguise, impersonation, jewel-robbery, mine, mistaken-identity, on-the-run, opal, robbery, triplets