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White Sun of the Desert (1970)

Beloe solntse pustyni (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | June 1973 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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White Sun of the Desert  »

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Trivia

As the white army officer from Abdullah's band gets thrown out of Vereschagin's window he says "his grenades are all wrong" which has become a popular saying in years after the movie. This line was improvised and was not in the script originally. See more »

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In the two consecutive shots where Vereschagin pulls the unconscious Petrukha up and through the window the window lock rod switches from left to right side of Petrukha. See more »

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[Abdulla shoots a full clip from his Mauser into the wall of the steel crude-oil gasholder where Sukhov is hiding inside along with surviving Abdulla'a wives; none of the bullets can pierce the thick wall]
Sukhov: Abdulla, save your ammo! Otherwise nothing might have been left to shoot yourself with!
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Vashe blagorodiye, gospozha Razluka
Written by Isaac Schwarts and Bulat Okudzhava
Performed by Pavel Luspekayev
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Great entertainment
18 May 2005 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I like this movie very much. It is even useful, I can keep my Russian on good level by watching it from time to time, it is really possible to watch it over and over again. DVD with subtitles is great with extras including the story of the film by the director, which I found very interesting. You can learn some 'classical' aphorisms from this movies. Like the one Vershagin says 'I feel sorry for the superpower..' really actual after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Letters from Sukhov to his wife are also pearls of this film. The scale of Sukhov is also amazing, from a warrior to lyrical romantics through a good fellow with vodka.


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