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Although in the original movie the actors use American military lingo and commands, which is quite out of place for Soviet soldiers, the Hungarian version of the movie corrected much of these errors and added authentic Warsaw Pact jargon and commands. Interestingly, the tank commander repeatedly calls a shrapnel shell "kartács" which is an outdated word for grapeshot.
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For increased realism, 90mm blank shells were modified to fire a weight of water out of the tanks' 105mm cannons, thus causing the cannon to recoil as if it had fired a live shell.
The words "Badal" and "Nanawatai" that are spoken by the rebels in the film mean "Revenge" and "Mercy".
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When the film was started at Columbia Pictures, David Puttnam was head of the studio. By the time it was released, Puttnam was out and Dawn Steel was head of the studio. As a result, the film was released in a small number of theaters under the title "The Beast".
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Dale Dye, a retired US Marine Corps captain, served as the military/technical advisor and has an uncredited part as one of the helicopter crew.
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The fire commands and terminology used by the tank crew in combat are the same as used by U.S. Army tank crews. This was to add military flavor to the movie, and give it a very realistic feel.
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The mujahideens' motorcycles are single-cylinder 500cc M20s made by BSA.
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The RPG is serial #168 5832.
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