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The Thirteen (1937)
"Trinadtsat" (original title)

 -  Adventure | War  -  18 June 1937 (USA)
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A band of soldiers, escorting some civilians across an Asian wasteland , are set upon and surrounded at a waterhole by a notorious horde of bandits . The soldiers determine to hold off the ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Ivan Kuznetsov ...
Soldier Iosuf Akchurin (as I. Kuznetsov)
Alexei Dolinin ...
Soldier Aleksei Timoshkin (as A. Dolinin)
Ivan Novoseltsev ...
Commander Ivan Zhuravliev
Yelena Kuzmina ...
Marya Nikolayevna Zhuravlieva
Andrey Fayt ...
Outlaw Colonel Skuratov
Aleksandr Chistyakov ...
Aleksandr Petrovich Postnikov, geologist
Pavel Yudin ...
Soldier Petrov (as P. Yudin)
Pyotr Masokha ...
Soldier Petr Sviridenko (as P. Masokha)
Viktor Kulakov ...
Soldier Balandin (as V. Kulakov)
Stepan Krylov ...
Soldier Zhurba (as S. Krylov)
Dmitriy Zolts ...
Soldier Dmitri Levkoyev (as D. Zolts)
Aleksandr Kepinov ...
Soldier Muradov (as A. Repinov)
Aga-Rza Kuliyev ...
Soldier Ata-Kuliev (as A. Kulyev)
Nikolay Kryuchkov ...
Soldier Nikolai Gusiev (as N. Kryuchkov)
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A band of soldiers, escorting some civilians across an Asian wasteland , are set upon and surrounded at a waterhole by a notorious horde of bandits . The soldiers determine to hold off the bandits until hoped-for reinforcements arrive. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Trinadsat vs. Sahara
22 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The plot of Trinadsat is also the basis of Bogart's 1943 Tank movie, Sahara. Both films are similar to John Ford's 1934 Lost Patrol about a group of British soldiers who defend an oasis from Arab attackers. Even Ford's film was a remake of earlier version of the Lost Patrol that starred Victor McLaglen's younger brother Cyril. BATAAN (1943), starring Robert Taylor, is a similar film. One should note that Philip MacDonald's novel Patrol is listed as the inspiration of many of these films.

This version is about 11 Soviet soldiers and 2 Soviet civilians who are crossing a desert on horse in Central Asia. Like in Sahara, they encounter hostiles (White Russians) and take refuge in ruin with an almost dry well. Although clearly inferior in number, they decide to make a stand against the hostiles in the same fashion as Bogie in Sahara, water for guns. Like John Ford's Lost Patrol, a patrol comes upon the lone survivor almost dead from thirst. Unlike Ford's, the patrol makes the final attack on the hostiles. Since this is a Soviet propaganda film, the message is that the collective transcends the individual. This is shown as each inalterable Soviet hero replaces the dead one before him.


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