The legendary Soviet film "Gentlemen of Fortune" was released on the screens of Soviet cinemas exactly 45 years ago - in December 1971. By the way, the speculators got a good taste of the "Gentlemen" - in the morning they bought all the tickets for 20 kopecks, and then resold them with a good markup. There were those who wanted to buy an "extra" ticket - the film immediately became extremely popular in the USSR.
The script for the film was written by Georgy Danelia and Victoria Tokareva. But Danelia conceded the right to shoot a picture to his friend Alexander Sery - he had just returned from prison and was in great need of money
Initially, in the script, the main character was not a director of a kindergarten, but a police officer. But the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs did not like this. So Evgeny Leonov had to play not a policeman, but a representative of a completely peaceful profession, who is good at re-educating repeat offenders.
If the filmmakers immediately decided on Evgeny Leonov, other actors also auditioned for the roles of Khmyr and Oblique: Yuri Nikulin, Rolan Bykov, Andrei Mironov, Lev Durov. As a result, we settled on Vitsin and Kramarov.
The role of Vasily Alibabaevich was supposed to go to the famous Armenian actor Frunzik Mkrtchyan, but at that time the 50th anniversary of the Armenian SSR was celebrated and Mktchyan was busy at the festive events.
For the Soviet era, the film was shot in record time - in just 3 months. The first takes began filming in February 1971 and finished in April. The shooting of the prison took place in Samarkand, the rest of the time the group worked in Moscow and the Moscow region.
Viewers will certainly remember the jailbreak scenes when the heroes literally drown themselves in liquid cement. In fact, everything was more humane - the solution was replaced with bread leaven.
Who was this mysterious "man in a jacket", in search of whom you had to go around almost all of Moscow? This is a monument to Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov, erected in 1965 on Kalanchevskaya Street, where the poet was born in 1814.
The future famous actor and showman Igor Ugolnikov starred in the role of kindergarten Igor, whom the head of the kindergarten entrusted to lead the "flight to Mars".
In the city of Dzhambul, which Vasily Alibabaevich recalls with such longing, a monument to "Gentlemen of Fortune" was later erected.
The film has become one of the most popular in the USSR: in terms of attendance, "Gentlemen" occupy the honorable 12th place in the history of Soviet cinema.