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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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
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When the film was made at Columbia, David Puttnam was head of the studio. By the time the film was released, Puttnam was out and 'Dawn Steel (I)' was head of the studio. As a result, the film was released in a small number of theaters under the title "The Beast". See more »
At one point the gunner pulls the trigger and the main gun fails to fire (a mis-fire) The crew begins yelling, "Cook-off!" and jumps from the tank to take cover. First - a cook-off occurs when a very hot breach causes a round to fire by itself, not at all what happened in this case. Secondly, a misfire is indeed dangerous because you don't know if the primer was struck or the firing mechanism failed. If the primer was struck, the round could still fire unexpectedly. On rare occasions a primer can burn slowly for a bit, then go off. The best place to be in that case is in the tank, clear of the breach. (if the gun does fire the recoiling breach could maim or kill you if you got in the way - such as while scrambling around yelling, "Cook-off!"). Jumping out is a bad idea too, because if the gun fires the muzzle blast will mess you up. So their drill was as wrong as it could be. See more »
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 »
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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