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Prisoner of the Mountains (1996) Poster

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The film was shot within 20 miles of actual battles then occurring between Russians and Chechens. Local Muslim guerrillas served as bogyguards for the cast and crew. The film tells the story of two prisoners of war, but truth is stranger than fiction: when the guerrillas found out that amateur actress Susanna Mekhraliyeva was paid for her job in U.S. dollars they took the whole film crew prisoner! Her salary was soon changed for Russian rubles and the shooting continued as if nothing had happened.
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The film is an update of Leo Tolstoy's short story "The Prisoner of the Caucasus."
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Dzhemal Sikharulidze, whose character Abdul-Murat abducts the two Russian soldiers, speaks Georgian in the film, not Chechen.
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