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Russian Doll (2001)

Harvey, a neurotic private investigator and wannabe crime writer, gets asked to marry his best friend's mistress.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Weaving ... Harvey
David Wenham ... Ethan
Rebecca Frith ... Miriam
Sacha Horler ... Liza
Helen Dallimore ... Alison
Natalia Novikova ... Katia
Alan Lovell Alan Lovell ... Max Davenport
Felicity Price ... Phaedra
Laurie Foell ... Eve Davenport (as Laurie Foel)
Todd William Worden ... Eve's Lover (as Todd Worden)
Brigid Dixon Brigid Dixon ... Jessica
Peter Beaumont Peter Beaumont ... Robert
Peter Astridge Peter Astridge ... Alison's Lover
Alexandre Zilberman Alexandre Zilberman ... Taxi driver (as Alex Zilberman)
Mark Zitserman Mark Zitserman ... Mr. Daniel
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Storyline

Harvey, a self-doubting private investigator, plans to marry his girlfriend until he is hired to solve an adultery case and discovers the adulterer is cheating with his fiancée. Lost and dejected, Harvey quits his job and wallows in booze and the occasional odd blind date. Meanwhile, Katia, a Jewish woman from St. Petersburg, arrives in Sydney after answering an ad from an international matchmaking agency. But instead of love, she finds her prospective groom dead on arrival. Stranded in a foreign city with no one to turn to, Katia meets Ethan, a married man and Harvey's best friend. Ethan is soon scheming to figure out a way to keep Katia in the country without his wife Miriam discovering the affair. Ethan comes up with the perfect solution: he offers Harvey enough money to start writing the novel he has always dreamed of, if he agrees to marry Katia. Harvey is appalled by the idea. Ethan's marriage had been his only example that love can faithfully exist. However, since he needs the ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

14 June 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Orosz menyasszony See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$127,103

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$313,901
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene when Katia takes Harvey to the synagogue for the first time, this was actually Temple Emanuel, in the suburb of Woolhara in Sydney, Australia, near Bondi. See more »

Quotes

Harvey: I'm a catholic turned atheist, how can I have a Jewish wedding?
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Soundtracks

Watch What Happens
Written by Norman Gimbel / Michel Legrand / Jacques Demy
Performed by Bobby Troup
Published by Universal - Songs of PolyGram Int Inc. & Mushroom Music Publishing Pty Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of EMI Music Australia
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A treat for HW fans
28 September 2003 | by CassieBriteSee all my reviews

Well, I was thoroughly pleased with "Russian Doll." Two main reasons: 1) Hugo Weaving (as Harvey) does a superb job as the disenchanted p.i. turned novelist, and 2) the plot was interestingly developed. There are a lot of good points to this movie. The most important is that it makes you laugh at all the right times. I watch this movie in the afternoon-time, not at night, because it's meant to be a fun, afternoon movie, not the main event for the night. (At night, you watch something like Lord of the Rings or Matrix to catch Mr. Weaving's fine acting.) Added bonus was David Wenham (Ethan), who I had never seen before, and he does a marvelous job with the character of Ethan, who is enduring an early mid-life crisis. (He's in LOTR- Faramir, you know.) So, all in all, I enjoyed this movie for what it was meant to be- a light-hearted romp to give you appreciation for your own life which should never be so complicated.


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