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The Gang (1985)

Original title: Bande

Based on the novel "The Glass Key" by Dashiell Hammett

Feature film | Detective Duration 88:00

Paul Madvig is a businessman in an American town in 1920s, doing everything to maintain his power. He plans to marry Janet, the daughter of senator Ralph Henry who must be re-elected in order to ensure Madvig's position. Paul is sure of himself and treats his competitor Shad O'Rory, who is involved in gambling business, with arrogance. Then the senator's son is murdered. It is rumoured that Paul is behind the murder. Private detective Ned Beaumont, an old friend of Paul's, starts to investigate the case.

Director: Arvo Kruusement

Keywords: detective | suicide | hippodrome | cruelty | home of a wealthy gentleman | doubt | casino | betrothed | judge | concealment of criminal offence | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Full length feature, Feature film
Genre Detective
Dubbing Russian
Duration 88:00


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Director Arvo Kruusement
Screenwriter Nikolai Ivanov
Cinematographer Jüri Sillart
Art Director Toomas Hõrak
Costume Designer Kaisa Pärenson
Composer Andres Valkonen | Raimo Kangro
Sound Designer Raimond Schönberg
Editor Marju Juhkum
Content Editor Loora Tarm
Writer of Adapted Work Samuel Dashiell Hammett
Managing Director Maret Hirtentreu


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

Erika Torger - Mrs Madvig, Paul's mother | Jaan Grünman - Sloss | Talvo Pabut - Taylor Henry | Olev Eskola - Senator Henry | Mara Zvaigzne - Janet Henry | Rita Rätsepp - Opal Madvig | Tõnu Aav - Prosecutor Farr | Enn Kraam - Bernie Despain | Kaie Mihkelson - Lee Wilshire

First releases

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  • at other places: 06.02.1986 läbivaatus, Tallinn (Tallinnfilm), Estonia
  • in cinema: 1986, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 10.1986, Moskva, USSR

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Estonian SSR Film Festival (USSR), 1984, Jüri Sillartile parima operaatoritöö eest (mängufilmi "Nipernaadi" loomisel koos filmiga “Bande”)

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  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
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  • Tallinnfilm