Three Poplars in Plyushcikha

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Three Poplars in Plyushcikha
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Directed by Tatyana Lioznova
Written by Alexander Borschagovsky
Starring Tatiana Doronina
Oleg Efremov
Vyacheslav Shalevich
Alevtina Rumyantseva
Music by Aleksandra Pakhmutova
Cinematography Pyotr Kataev
Edited by Kseniya Blinova
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time
79 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

Three Poplars in Plyushcikha (Russian : Три тополя на Плющихе, translit.  Tri topolya na Plyushchikhe) is a 1968 romantic drama feature film directed by Tatyana Lioznova based on the story by Alexander Borschagovsky "Three Poplars in Shabolovka". [1] The film was a box-office success, it was seen by 26 million people in the USSR. [2]

Russian language East Slavic language

Russian is an East Slavic language, which is official in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as being widely used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It was the de facto language of the Soviet Union until its dissolution on 25 December 1991. Although, nowadays, nearly three decades after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russian is used in official capacity or in public life in all the post-Soviet nation-states, as well as in Israel and Mongolia, the rise of state-specific varieties of this language tends to be strongly denied in Russia, in line with the Russian World ideology.

Romanization of Russian Romanization of the Russian alphabet

Romanization of Russian is the process of transliterating the Russian language from the Cyrillic script into the Latin script.

Tatyana Lioznova Soviet and Russian film director, screenwriter

Tatyana Mikhailovna Lioznova was a Soviet film director best known for her TV series Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973).



From a village to Moscow comes a married woman and mother of two children Nyura to sell home-made ham. And the first person she meets is an intelligent taxi driver Sasha, who must pick her up to her in-law; her husband's sister, who lives near the cafe "Three Poplars" at Plyushcikha. This random meeting brings the strangers together and forces them to take a fresh look at their lives. But unfortunately, due to external circumstances continuation of this connection does not develop.


Tatiana Doronina Soviet and Russian actress and theatre director

Tatiana (Tatyana) Vasilyevna Doronina is a popular Soviet/Russian actress who has performed in movies and the theater. She is generally regarded as one of the most talented actresses of her generation and was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1981.

Oleg Yefremov Soviet and Russian actor and theatre director

Oleg Nikolayevich Yefremov was a Soviet/Russian actor and Moscow Art Theatre producer. He was a People's Artist of the USSR (1976) and a Hero of Socialist Labour (1987).

Vyacheslav Shalevich Soviet and Russian actor

Vyacheslav Anatolievich Shalevich was a Soviet-Russian film, theatre actor and a People's Artist of the RSFSR.


The story by Alexander Borshagovka was called "Three Poplars at Shabolovka", and initially this was what the film was to be called. However Shabolovka has already become associated with television, and the motion picture was not about the TV industry. Therefore, director Tatyana Lioznova decided to change the name of the movie and the author gave his consent. [3] [4]

Field shooting of "Three Poplars at Plyushcikha" took place in the capital's streets and in the village Smedovo, Ozyory, Moscow Oblast. [4]

Ozyory, Moscow Oblast Town in Moscow Oblast, Russia

Ozyory is a town in Moscow Oblast, Russia, located on the left bank of the Oka River, 157 kilometers (98 mi) southeast of Moscow. Population: 25,800 (2010 Census); 25,704 (2002 Census); 28,215 (1989 Census).

Scenes in Nina's apartment were filmed not far from Plyushcikha in the apartment which has the address Rostov embankment, №5. At the request of the filmmakers, the tenants of the apartment left for their dacha, leaving it at full disposal of the crew. [4]

Dacha seasonal or year-round second home in Russia

A dacha is a seasonal or year-round second home, often located in the exurbs of Russian-speaking and other post-Soviet countries. A cottage or shack serving as a family's main or only home, or an outbuilding, is not considered a dacha, although some dachas recently have been converted to year-round residences and vice versa. In some cases, owners occupy their dachas for part of the year and rent them to urban residents as summer retreats. People living in dachas are colloquially called dachniki (дачники); the term usually refers not only to dacha dwellers but to a distinctive lifestyle. The Russian term is often said to have no exact counterpart in English.

Rustic interiors were filmed in Mosfilm pavilions and the "road" episodes - in a specially reserved diesel locomotive passenger car. [4]

Diesel locomotive locomotive powered by a diesel engine

A diesel locomotive is a type of railway locomotive in which the prime mover is a diesel engine. Several types of diesel locomotive have been developed, differing mainly in the means by which mechanical power is conveyed to the driving wheels.

The car in which Sasha drives Nyura is GAZ M21 Volga which belongs to Mosfilm and was used for many of the studio's pictures. It is currently on display at the Mosfilm museum. [4]

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References in Other Films

In the film Gentlemen of Fortune a man nicknamed as Sad Sack says: "We are sitting here like three poplars in Plyushcikha!" – when the three prison escapees are sitting in an empty sports stadium. After this film, the phrase "Like three poplars in Plyushcikha" became a famous quote.

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