The Russian Specialist (2005)

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  • IMDb page: The Russian Specialist (2005)
  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 2,417 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 2 November 2006 (United Arab Emirates)
  • Runtime: 94 min
  • Filming Location: Bulgaria
  • Budget: $5,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Dolph Lundgren
  • Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Ben Cross and Ivan Petrushinov|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Elia Cmiral   
  • Soundtrack: Do I
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Rescue | Escape | Vengeance | Gunfight | Blood

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Bryan Edward Hill  screenplay
  • Dolph Lundgren  story

Known Trivia

  • When Dolph Lundgren approached Nu Image films with the wish of directing a second movie, Nu Image agreed, as long as two rules were followed: Lundgren must play the leading man, and the movie must incorporate locations under ownership of Nu image. This second rule meant Lundgren had to write the entire script based fully on the locations given to him by Nu image.
  • Director of photography Ross W. Clarkson received two awards in Australia for “The Mechanik”: Gold for feature film at the 2006 Queensland A.C.S (Australian Cinematographers Society) Awards, and an Award of Distinction at the National A.C.S. Awards.
  • Principal photography took place during 32 days.
  • In the beginning of the movie, the bad guys pull into the village. The license plate says LOH (In Cyrillic). Loosely translated, it means a**hole in Russian.

Goofs: Continuity: When Nikolai escaped with the bike, he escapes alongside a canal. In the next shot he is clearly driving that same road in reverse, only the camera's point of view is different. All the buildings are the same.

Plot: Spetnaz (Special Ops) veteran Nick Cherenko leaves Russia after his son and wife are killed in a gunfight… See more » |  »

Story: Spetnaz (Special Ops) veteran Nick Cherenko leaves Russia after his son and wife are killed in a gunfight by drug lord Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov's mob men. He's threatened with exposure as illegal car mechanic in L.A. by a fellow ex-pat tycoon who offers him $500,000 to liberate her kidnapped daughter. He only takes the job when told the capturers are Sasha's goons again. The mission's long path to find the girl and escape over the Finnish border, where his team is to be paid, is littered with blood and corpses.Written by KGF Vissers  

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Produced By:

  • Boaz Davidson known as executive producer
  • Danny Dimbort known as executive producer
  • Ewerhard Engels known as executive producer (as Ewerhard Ed Engels)
  • Jack Gilardi Jr. known as executive producer
  • Anton Hoeger known as producer
  • Avi Lerner known as executive producer
  • Scott Putman known as producer
  • Trevor Short known as executive producer
  • David Varod known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Dolph Lundgren known as Nikolai Cherenko
  • Ben Cross known as William Burton
  • Ivan Petrushinov known as Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov
  • Olivia Lee known as Julia Abramoff
  • Raicho Vasilev known as Achmed (as Raicho Vassilev)
  • Assen Blatechki known as Yuri
  • Antony Argirov known as Serie
  • Valeri Yordanov known as Alexi
  • Dejan Angelov known as Pavel
  • Ivaylo Geraskov known as Leo (as Ivailo Geraskov)
  • Hilda van der Meulen known as Alina Cherenko
  • Naum Shopov known as Vanya Cherenko
  • Atanas Srebrev known as John Ridley (as Nasko Srebrev)
  • Levana Finkelstein known as Mary Abramoff
  • Nikolai Sotirov known as Victor Chertoff
  • Emil Markov known as Misha
  • Marianne Stanicheva known as Alla
  • Teodor Yordanov known as Vladimir
  • Alexander Tsitkilov known as Pushkin
  • Anastasia Panayotova known as Hooker
  • Barry Evans known as Barry
  • Rushi Vidinliev known as Taxi Driver
  • Maria Ilieva known as Natalya
  • Nickolay Hadjiminev known as Garage Boss
  • Nikolay Georgiev known as Thug
  • Yoanna Boukovska known as Counter Girl
  • Stefan Ivanov known as Doorman (Guard) 1
  • Chavdar Simeonov known as Doorman (Guard) 2
  • Veneta Harizanova known as Cocaine Girlfriend
  • Slavi Slavov known as Nevski
  • Kiril Efremov known as Man 1
  • Stefan Shterev known as Man 2
  • Valentin Burski known as German Man 1
  • Velizar Binev known as The German
  • Diyan Machev known as Dimitri
  • Andrey Slabakov known as Gypsy Father
  • Asen Mutafchiev known as Luda (Child)
  • Victor Boichev known as Doctor
  • Monika Ivanova known as Masha (Child)
  • Nikoleta Stoicheva known as Luva (Child)
  • Stanimir Stamatov known as Thug #4
  • Lubo Ganev

..{tab=Supporting Department}Art Department:

  • Borislav Belberov known as stand-by props
  • Yasen Denev known as illustrator
  • Anna Hadzhieva known as art department coordinator
  • Jordan Jordanov known as storyboard artist
  • Alexei Karagyaur known as graphic designer
  • Sonya Savova known as draftsperson
  • Dora Somova known as stand-by props
  • Rosen Stefanov known as set dresser
  • Kristian Stoyanov known as set dresser
  • Evgeni Yordanov known as carpentry foreman (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Nu Image / Millennium Films
  • Nu Image Films (as Nu Image) (presents)
  • Höger Human Service Medien & Personal GmbH (for)
  • Martien Holdings A.V.V.

Other Companies:

  • Hollywood Intermediate  digital intermediate services
  • Pictorvision  aerial camera system


  • Nu Image / Millennium Films (2005) (Non-USA) (all media)
  • Nu Image Films (2005) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Eagle Films (2006) (United Arab Emirates) (theatrical) (Middle East)
  • Big Time Entertainment (2006) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Bridge Entertainment Group (2006) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • DNC Entertainment (2008) (UK) (DVD)
  • Divisa Home Video (2012) (Spain) (DVD)
  • Filmax Home Video (2006) (Spain) (video)
  • Flashstar Home Vídeo (2006) (Brazil) (video)
  • GAGA (2006) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Gaumont/Columbia TriStar Home Video (GCTHV) (2006) (France) (DVD)
  • Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2006) (Germany) (video)
  • Magic Box (2007) (Czech Republic) (DVD)
  • Martien Holdings A.V.V.
  • Ninth Dimension Home Entertainment (2006) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Odeon (2005) (Greece) (video)
  • Opening Distribution (2006) (France) (DVD)
  • Pyramid Home Video (2005) (Russia) (video)
  • Roadshow Entertainment (2006) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2007) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2006) (USA) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Worldwide FX

Visual Effects by:

  • Simeon Asenov known as visual effects supervisor
  • Scott Coulter known as visual effects producer
  • Tinko Dimov known as digital artist
  • Stanislav Dragiev known as visual effects supervisor on location
  • Steven Fagerquist known as digital compositor
  • Emil Georgiev known as model maker
  • Velislava Gospodinova known as digital effects compositor
  • Ivan Grozev known as digital artist
  • Danail Hadzhiyski known as on set visual effects supervisor
  • Velichko Ivanov known as digital compositor
  • Peter Keranov known as digital compositor
  • Danail Lazarov known as assistant visual effects editor
  • Jordan Markov known as visual effects editor
  • Wolfgang Maschin known as digital compositor
  • Velislava Mihailova known as digital effects artist
  • Milena Peneva known as visual effects coordinator
  • Nick Peshunoff known as visual effects coordinator
  • Shero Rauf known as digital artist
  • Krasimir Rizov known as visual effects illustrator
  • Nikola Simeonov known as lead 3D artist
  • Stefan Tchakarov known as visual effects production supervisor
  • Filip Uzunov known as digital effects artist
  • Alexander Valev known as lead digital artist
  • John L. Weckworth known as digital compositor
  • Borislava Zahova known as visual effects
  • Vladimir Zdravkov known as visual effects technical support
  • Francisco Chaigneau known as digital effects artist (uncredited)
  • Leo Vezzali known as digital compositor (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Greece 3 October 2005 (video premiere)
  • Russia 15 November 2005 (video premiere)
  • Romania 20 December 2005 (TV premiere)
  • Netherlands 10 January 2006 (video premiere)
  • Brazil 18 January 2006 (video premiere)
  • USA 14 February 2006 (video premiere)
  • Germany 21 February 2006 (video premiere)
  • Japan 24 February 2006 (DVD premiere)
  • Poland 3 June 2006 (DVD premiere)
  • France 5 July 2006 (video premiere)
  • Mexico 13 July 2006 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 1 September 2006 (TV premiere)
  • United Arab Emirates 2 November 2006
  • Hungary 6 November 2006 (DVD premiere)
  • Spain 29 November 2006 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 1 May 2007 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 9 May 2007 (DVD premiere)
  • Czech Republic 17 May 2007 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 2 August 2007 (DVD premiere)
  • UK 21 July 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Belgium 2 July 2010

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence, language, some sexuality and drug use


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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