The Beast of War (1988)

R  |   |  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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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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The Cause: freedom. The enemy: The world's deadliest fighting machine. See more »




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7 September 1988 (France)  »

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The Beast  »

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$161,004 (USA)

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Captain (USMC, Ret.) Dale Dye served as the military/technical advisor on this film. He is frequently employed as such as well as actor in Oliver Stone films. 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 »


Taj: You said you could destroy the tank in one shot!
Moustafa: Maybe it was not the will of Allah.
Taj: Maybe you are just a bad shot!
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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 The Big Hit (1998) See more »


Written by VICTOR TSI
Performed by KINO
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24 February 1999 | by (Västerås, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best war-movies I have ever seen. Even if it hasn't a lot of action in it, it is still very intense. I think that the director has managed superbly to illustrate the torments of war, especially how it was - and still is - to be a member of a tank-crew on a mission in a foreign coutry. All the actors are doing a fine job and the place for shooting this movie is well chosen. And I must say that I especially appreciate the camera-movements along the tank that makes one understand the power that they contain.

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