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White Sun of the Desert (1970)

Beloe solntse pustyni (original title)
At the end of the Russian Civil War, Red Army soldier Fyodor Sukhov is ordered to guard the harem of a Caspian Sea guerrilla leader.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anatoliy Kuznetsov ...
Spartak Mishulin ...
Sayid
Kakhi Kavsadze ...
Abdullah
Pavel Luspekayev ...
Pavel Vereschagin
Raisa Kurkina ...
Nastasya, Vereschagin's wife
Tamara Fedotova ...
Gyulchatai
Nikolai Godovikov ...
Petrukha
Musa Dudayev
Nikolai Badyev
Vladimir Kadochnikov ...
(as V. Kadochnikov)
I. Abdulragimov
Tatyana Tkach ...
Head Wife-Zukhra
D. Gerami
Yu. Darumov
V. Deglav ...
Khafiza
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A soldier of the Red Army named Sukhov has been fighting in the Russian Civil War in Russian Asia for many years. Just as he is about to return home to his wife, Sukhov is chosen to guard and protect the harem of a guerilla leader (Abdulla). Abdulla is wanted by the Red Army and left his harem behind because the women hindered him. Sukhov's task proves to be more difficult than he imagined... Written by Alexandra S. <b97ase@stud.ki.se>

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It is an unbreakable tradition that Russian cosmonauts and foreign guests watch this movie the day before they blast off aboard a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome. See more »

Goofs

In Sukhov's dream where he sees his wife dressed in red and holding a carrying pole with two buckets of water, the water level for these buckets changes between the shots. See more »

Quotes

Vereschagin: [from the distance] Long time no see, Abdulla!
Abdulla: Long time...
Vereschagin: Still on the road? Still shooting?
Abdulla: Grown old, turned lazy. But remember me as I used to be?
Vereschagin: Yeah, there've been times...
[nodds toward a huge crude-oil gasholder which surface the bandits are covering with oil carried in buckets]
Vereschagin: But what is that your men wanna do, not to set something on fire?
Abdulla: Well, some dude got in and ain't wanna leave.
Vereschagin: [...]
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Vashe blagorodiye, gospozha Razluka
Written by Isaac Schwarts and Bulat Okudzhava
Performed by Pavel Luspekayev
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Cult Classic
23 April 2004 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

I think the "best USSR movie ever" misses the point. This is certainly not the best movie, it wasn't even supposed to do all that well in the theaters when it was first made and released. I don't think anyone ever foresaw its success. However for some reason it just works; audiences identified with it and loved it.

White sun of the desert is a classic western. You don't have to know history of the Soviet Revolution to recognize a western when you see one, for this is exactly the soviet adaptation of the genre. Not only that, but the plot of this movie is just great.

I first saw this film when I was a kid (and numerous times since then), and even though I haven't seen it in a while, even with subtitles, you can't go wrong. I'd rate it 3rd best western along with "The Good, The bad, and the Ugly", "High Noon", and "A bullet for the General."


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