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The Beast of War (1988)

 -  War  -  7 September 1988 (France)
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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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Daskal
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Konstantin Koverchenko
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Khan Taj
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Anthony Golikov
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Kaminski
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Akbar
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Samad
Chaim Girafi ...
Moustafa (as Haim Gerafi)
Shoshi Marciano ...
Sherina (as Shosh Marciano)
Yitzhak Ne'eman ...
Iskandar (as Itzhak Babi Ne'Eman)
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Kovolov
Moshe Vapnik ...
Hasan
Claude Aviram ...
Sadioue
Victor Ken ...
Ali
Avi Keedar ...
Noor
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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 look at the Soviet 'Vietnam' experience sympathetically told for both sides. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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There is no room in a tank for a conscience. See more »

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7 September 1988 (France)  »

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$161,004 (USA)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Despite the existence of a T-62 flamethrower version, the one shown in the picture is clearly the regular version, with no flamethrower capability, as seen in the scene at the night in the desert when they toast the approaching deers. See more »

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Sherina: Badal!
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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 »

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STREETCAR HEADED EAST
Written by VICTOR TSI
Performed by KINO
Produced by JOANNA STINGRAY
Courtesy of STINGRAY PRODUCTIONS
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A truly great war film
3 March 2002 | by (Los Angeles California) – See all my reviews

This film is as I said one of the greatest war films ever made. It is also the only one that I am aware of that focuses on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. A serviceable plot makes it easier for the tank crew to turn out some great performances. Stephen Baldwin is even tolerable in this one and this is the only role to date where he shouldn't be killed for his decision to act. Don Harvey is a unsung star as the brake fluid swigging Kaminski and Jason Patric turns in a good perfomance as Koverchenko, the moral driver torn between being a good soldier and obeying his instincts. This also qualifies as the best tank movie ever made and the T-62 tank that is featured is the real star of the show. I think that the Soviets were using T-72 tanks in this particular conflict but I'm just being a little anal. Overall, this is one of my top ten and I think that any war movie fan should check this one out.


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