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The Beast of War (1988)

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During the war in Afghanistan a Soviet tank crew commanded by a tyrannical officer find themselves lost and in a struggle against a band of Mujahadeen guerrillas in the mountains. A unique ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Konstantin Koverchenko
Khan Taj
Anthony Golikov
Moustafa (as Haim Gerafi)
Shoshi Marciano ...
Sherina (as Shosh Marciano)
Yitzhak Ne'eman ...
Iskandar (as Itzhak Babi Ne'Eman)
Moshe Vapnik ...
Claude Aviram ...
Victor Ken ...
Avi Keedar ...


During the war in Afghanistan a Soviet tank crew commanded by a tyrannical officer find themselves lost and in a struggle against a band of Mujahadeen guerrillas in the mountains. A unique look at the Soviet 'Vietnam' experience sympathetically told for both sides. Written by Keith Loh <>

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You can escape from everything but justice. See more »




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7 September 1988 (France)  »

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$161,004 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The words "Badal" and "Nanawatai" that are spoken by the rebels in the film mean "Revenge" and "Mercy". See more »


In the scene after Hassan and Mustafa are talking in the captured Russian helicopter, when the Russian tank is moving, pointing the main gun opposite to his direction, a shadow of a person is moving into the frame from the left. See more »


Kaminski: I hate this fucking country.
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Crazy Credits

At the start of the film, just after the Columbia Pictures logo the following quote is given: When you're wounded an' left on Afghanistan's plains. An' the women come out to cut up your remains, Just roll to your rifle an' blow out your brains, An' go to your Gawd like a soldier. - Rudyard Kipling See more »


Referenced in Timecode (2000) See more »


Written by VICTOR TSI
Performed by KINO
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JUSTICE?: RAMBO makes Millions, THE BEAST, $160,000...
3 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Allegedly came out during a change of administration at COLUMBIA, and they knew not what to do with it, and at a time when the 'blockbuster' mentality was starting to become the norm, THE BEAST may have played in what, five cities for a week or two.....they say the most valuable gems can be the hardest to find...and THE BEAST is no exception to that maxim...

This is as close to a 'foreign film' out of Hollywood as you are going to get...the story brings the conflict between people forward, and makes the action incidental-virtual guaranteed bankruptcy for a US film today.

And as for the actors speaking English-I think the producers realised they were close enough to no profit by having one language being subtitled as it was-the whole film being subtitled would have seen no financing at all, probably.-That just doesnt fly in H-town....'art-house' kiss of death... However...

The acting is first rate. The story is lean, and to the point. The scenery is stark and beautiful-well, IMHO.... There is little pandering to the audience, and little Cultural Condescension that I can see-

The viewer soon becomes loyal to the Mujahadeem Rebels, not because they are against the Ruskies, but because they have the will and the right to exist as they are, not to be dictated to by a 'higher' invading power...

Thought it suffers a bit from low budget, I would rate THE BEAST up with FULL METAL JACKET, PLATOON, DAS BOOT, and APOCALYPSE NOW... an EIGHT out of TEN stars... dont rent this-OWN it!

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