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Release Date: June 13, 2003

Starring: Vladimir Mashkov, Andrei Krasko, Maria Mironova, and Andrei Krasko

Genre: Political Thriller

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder Russian superstar
Vladimir Mashkov stars in
TYCOON: A NEW RUISSIAN, a
political thriller based on
the true story of Moscow
billionaire Boris Berezovsky.
The movie chronicles the rise
and fall of a fictional
billionaire who turns to
capitalism in the wake of the
failed Gorbachev era and the
collapse of totalitarian
communism. Once a
freedom-loving idealist, Plato
Makovski convinces four
brilliant young friends from
university to abandon their
science studies in favor of
capitalist enterprises. To do
that, however, they must
execute semi-legal and morally
dubious financial deals. When
a group of thugs challenges
them at one point, they even
have to enlist a member of the
Russian Mafia to help them
out. Another problem is the
ongoing opposition of the
Communist in charge of a
branch of the Russian secret
service, the heirs to the
KGB. The new non-Communist
government tolerates the
machinations of Plato and his
friends, until their political
and financial clout begins to
rival the government's. Plato
decides to fight back by
running his own candidate for
president, but his plan
backfires, leading to
dangerous political intrigue,
including attempted
assassinations. Though
sometimes hard to follow and
choppy, TYCOON is an
interesting, dramatic
political thriller. It's clear
to see why Mashkov is such a
big star in Russian, because
he does an absolutely superb
job of portraying the
protagonist. TYCOON criticizes
Communism, but also attacks
the corruption rampant in
Russian society, government,
and business. Although Plato
is at times a sympathetic
character, the movie seems to
see capitalism as an
inadequate replacement for the
old Communist system. At the
end, all the dirty things that
have happened have left Plato
completely disheveled and
unnerved. Of course,
capitalism without the Law and
Grace of God and the Love of
Christ is ultimately
meaningless. Private property
is an essential ingredient of
these spiritual things,
however, as the Commandment,
"Thou shalt not steal," makes
perfectly clear. TYCOON has a
couple of explicit sex scenes,
with graphic nudity at one
point. That probably explains
why the American release of
this movie has no rating from
the Motion Picture
Association. There is also
some political violence and
strong foul language, but it's
the one nude sex scene that's
the most objectionable
element. Please address your
comments to: Daniel Talbot,
President New Yorker Films 16
West 61st Street, 11th
Floor New York, NY
10023 Phone: (212)
247-6110 Fax: (212) 307-7855

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 128 minutes

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(Ro, B, AC, Acap, C, LL, VV, SSS, NNN, A, D, M) Lightly Romantic worldview where the demands of society corrupt people with some moral and anti-Communist elements as well as some anti-capitalist elements, and protagonist says he has become born-again Christian and been baptized, but nothing more is made of this, so it could be an inside joke; 16 obscenities and three strong profanities; political thriller violence includes a couple shootings, assassinations, man shot in head, car bomb; depicted fornication and adultery (particularly graphic in one scene) and man frolics with two half-naked women; brief full female nudity, upper female nudity, and upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, political corruption, shady financial deals, and gangsterism.

GENRE: Political Thriller

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Summary:

TYCOON: A NEW RUSSIAN is a political thriller that chronicles the rise and fall of a fictional billionaire who turns to capitalism in the wake of the failed Gorbachev era and the collapse of totalitarian communism. TYCOON is dramatic and provocative, but the graphic, nude sex scenes are excessive.

Review:

Russian superstar Vladimir Mashkov stars in TYCOON: A NEW RUISSIAN, a political thriller based on the true story of Moscow billionaire Boris Berezovsky. The movie chronicles the rise and fall of a fictional billionaire who turns to capitalism in the wake of the failed Gorbachev era and the collapse of totalitarian communism.

Once a freedom-loving idealist, Plato Makovski convinces four brilliant young friends from university to abandon their science studies in favor of capitalist enterprises. To do that, however, they must execute semi-legal and morally dubious financial deals. When a group of thugs challenges them at one point, they even have to enlist a member of the Russian Mafia to help them out. Another problem is the ongoing opposition of the Communist in charge of a branch of the Russian secret service, the heirs to the KGB.

The new non-Communist government tolerates the machinations of Plato and his friends, until their political and financial clout begins to rival the government's. Plato decides to fight back by running his own candidate for president, but his plan backfires, leading to dangerous political intrigue, including attempted assassinations.

Though sometimes hard to follow and choppy, TYCOON is an interesting, dramatic political thriller. It's clear to see why Mashkov is such a big star in Russian, because he does an absolutely superb job of portraying the protagonist. TYCOON criticizes Communism, but also attacks the corruption rampant in Russian society, government, and business. Although Plato is at times a sympathetic character, the movie seems to see capitalism as an inadequate replacement for the old Communist system. At the end, all the dirty things that have happened have left Plato completely disheveled and unnerved. Of course, capitalism without the Law and Grace of God and the Love of Christ is ultimately meaningless. Private property is an essential ingredient of these spiritual things, however, as the Commandment, "Thou shalt not steal," makes perfectly clear.

TYCOON has a couple of explicit sex scenes, with graphic nudity at one point. That probably explains why the American release of this movie has no rating from the Motion Picture Association. There is also some political violence and strong foul language, but it's the one nude sex scene that's the most objectionable element.

Please address your comments to:

Daniel Talbot, President

New Yorker Films

16 West 61st Street, 11th Floor

New York, NY 10023

Phone: (212) 247-6110

Fax: (212) 307-7855

SUMMARY: TYCOON: A NEW RUSSIAN is a political thriller that chronicles the rise and fall of a fictional billionaire who turns to capitalism in the wake of the failed Gorbachev era and the collapse of totalitarian communism. TYCOON is dramatic and provocative, but the graphic, nude sex scenes are excessive.

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