The movie takes place in Turkmenistan circa 1920. At that time Tukrmenistan had already became a part of Soviet Russia (Dec-1917) and some people began using Russian language, but the official language up 1928 was Turkmen where an alphabet based on Arabic graphics had been used. Still all the signs and inscriptions seen throughout the movie are in Russian (cyrillic) only. See more
[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?
But there is nobody in the Customs office! Would you like it - we can pay in gold?
You do know me, Abdulla: I don't accept graft - it is what is done to the Great State that insults me.
[to one of his accomplices
Aristarkh, negotiate with the Customs!
[...] See more
Vashe blagorodiye, gospozha Razluka
Written by Isaac Schwarts
and Bulat Okudzhava
Performed by Pavel Luspekayev See more