Gentlemen of Fortune

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Gentlemen of Fortune
Dzhentlmeny udachi poster.jpg
Film poster by A. Troshchenkov
Directed by Aleksandr Seryj
Written by Georgi Daneliya
Viktoriya Tokareva
Starring Yevgeni Leonov
Georgi Vitsin
Savely Kramarov
Music by Gennadi Gladkov
Cinematography Georgi Kupriyanov
Edited by M. Renkova
Distributed by Mosfilm
Release dates
Running time
88 min.
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

Gentlemen of Fortune (Russian: Джентльмены удачи, translit. Dzhentlmeny udachi) is a Soviet comedy, filmed at Mosfilm and directed by Aleksandr Seryj. The stars of the film include famous Soviet actors such as Savely Kramarov, Yevgeny Leonov, Georgy Vitsin, and Radner Muratov.

The film was the leader of Soviet distribution in 1972 having 65.02 million viewers.

Plot summary[edit]

The movie follows the story of an amiable kindergarten director named Troshkin who looks exactly like a cruel criminal nicknamed Docent (Доцент, literally associate professor) that has stolen Alexander the Great's helmet at an archaeological excavation. Docent and his gang are caught by police, but Docent is imprisoned in a different jail than his mates. Since Troshkin looks identical to Docent, the police send him undercover to prison with the real criminals to get information about the stolen helmet. He must pretend to be the real felon Docent, so in order to be convincing, Troshkin, a well-educated and good-natured man, has to learn slang and manners of criminals.


  • Yevgeny Leonov as Eugene Ivanovitch Troshkin and Beliy (Docent)
  • Savely Kramarov as Fedya Yermakov (Cross Eyes)
  • Georgy Vitsin as Gavrila Sheremetev (Sad Sack)
  • Radner Muratov as Vasily Alibaba
  • Erast Garin as professor Maltsev, archeologist
  • Nikolay Olyalin as Colonel Verchenko
  • Oleg Vidov as Lieutenant Slavin
  • Natalya Fateyeva as Lyudmila, professor's daughter
  • Anatoli Papanov as chess player in hotel
  • Lyubov Sokolova as Kindergarten Principal
  • Zoya Vasilkova as Sweeper woman
  • Aleksei Vanin as reformed criminal
  • Roman Filippov as Nikola (Nicky)of Peter ( vulgar name for Saint-Petersburg), brutal guy in jail
  • Anatoli Yabbarov as Mityai, criminal
  • Pavel Shpringfeld as Cloakroom attendant in theater, criminal


The film was directed by Aleksandr Seryj who had just come out of prison. Georgi Daneliya assisted him and wrote the script. Seryj used his prison experience to design many situations in the movie, and he also introduced numerous expressions from Russian criminal slang (known as Fenya).[1]


  1. ^ "Джентльменский набор" "Джентльменов удачи". Segodnya (in Russian) 169 (921). 2001-08-01. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 

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