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White Sun of the Desert (1970)

Beloe solntse pustyni (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | June 1973 (USA)
At the end of the Russian Civil War, Red Army soldier Fyodor Sukhov is ordered to guard the harem of a Caspian Sea guerrilla leader.

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Credited cast:
... Fyodor Sukhov
... Pavel Vereshchagin
... Sayid
... Abdulla
... Nastasya, zhena Vereshchagina (as R. Kurkina)
... Petrukha (as N. Godovikov)
... Gyulchatay (as T. Fyedotova)
Musa Dudayev ... Rakhimov (as M. Dudayev)
... Lebedev (as N. Badyev)
... podporuchik Semyon (as V. Kadochnikov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
I. Abdulragimov ... (as N. Abdulragimov)
Yu. Darumov
Velta Deglav ... Khafiza (as V. Deglav)
D. Gerami ... Ibragim
... Dzhamilya (as T. Krichevskaya)
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A soldier of the Red Army named Sukhov has been fighting in the Russian Civil War in Russian Asia for many years. Just as he is about to return home to his wife, Sukhov is chosen to guard and protect the harem of a guerilla leader (Abdulla). Abdulla is wanted by the Red Army and left his harem behind because the women hindered him. Sukhov's task proves to be more difficult than he imagined... Written by Alexandra S. <b97ase@stud.ki.se>

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White Sun of the Desert  »

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Trivia

Mark Zakharov, a friend of Motyl, actually composed the letters written in the film by the character Sukhov to his beloved wife. See more »

Goofs

When Sayid offs two members of the Basmachi gang by shooting them from below his horse, he shoots twice in about a second, holding his weapon single handed. But the weapon is a Mosin-Nagan carbine that could only be reloaded driving the chamber lock manually which never happens here. See more »

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Vereschagin: [grief-laden after Abdulla killed Petrukha; climbs onboard a small trawler filled up with the loot pillaged by Abdulla and his pack] Look, Abdulla... Ain't you got too much merchandise? I take it all was duty-free?
Abdulla: [at shore] But there is nobody in the Customs office! Would you like it - we can pay in gold?
Vereschagin: You do know me, Abdulla: I don't accept graft - it is what is done to the Great State that insults me.
Abdulla: [to one of his accomplices] Aristarkh, negotiate with the Customs!
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Referenced in 8 mm Marta (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Vashe blagorodiye, gospozha Razluka
Written by Isaac Schwarts and Bulat Okudzhava
Performed by Pavel Luspekayev
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Memories from my past. Call it "red nostalgy" if You want

I's, oh, so wonderful film. I saw it for the first time in my 19, in 1971 in small bioscope in Poland. Soviet film were not very wanted by the teenagers but it was long, dull summer and I haven't nothing better to do. And, what a surprise - film full of humor, action and irony. Song sung by me beloved Bulat Okudzava. After a long, long time I've seen it again in 2000 (You know , Soviet films were almost banned in Polish democracy. A moment of anxiety how it will be work and - ohhh, same feelings, same thrills, same chills. No, not the same, even deeper.


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