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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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Vladimir Motyl
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anatoliy Kuznetsov ... Fyodor Sukhov
Pavel Luspekayev ... Pavel Vereshchagin
Spartak Mishulin ... Sayid
Kakhi Kavsadze ... Abdulla
Raisa Kurkina ... Nastasya, zhena Vereshchagina (as R. Kurkina)
Nikolai Godovikov ... Petrukha (as N. Godovikov)
Tamara Fedotova ... Gyulchatay (as T. Fyedotova)
Musa Dudayev Musa Dudayev ... Rakhimov (as M. Dudayev)
Nikolai Badyev ... Lebedev (as N. Badyev)
Vladimir Kadochnikov ... podporuchik Semyon (as V. Kadochnikov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
I. Abdulragimov I. Abdulragimov ... (as N. Abdulragimov)
Yu. Darumov Yu. Darumov
Velta Deglav Velta Deglav ... Khafiza (as V. Deglav)
D. Gerami D. Gerami ... Ibragim
Tatyana Krichevskaya ... Dzhamilya (as T. Krichevskaya)
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Mosfilm [rus]

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

White Sun of the Desert See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

As the white army officer from Abdullah's band gets thrown out of Vereschagin's window he says "his grenades are all wrong" which has become a popular saying in years after the movie. This line was improvised and was not in the script originally. See more »

Goofs

After the fist/gun fight where Vereschagin overtakes the gang members on board of the boat in one shot his clothes and hair are all wet since during the fight he was once thrown over board. His mustache is all wet with ends hanging down too. In the next shot his hair is dry and his mustache too with ends pointed up. See more »

Quotes

[Abdulla shoots a full clip from his Mauser into the wall of the steel crude-oil gasholder where Sukhov is hiding inside along with surviving Abdulla'a wives; none of the bullets can pierce the thick wall]
Sukhov: Abdulla, save your ammo! Otherwise nothing might have been left to shoot yourself with!
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Connections

Referenced in Muzhskoy sezon. Barkhatnaya revolyutsiya (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Vashe blagorodiye, gospozha Razluka
Written by Isaac Schwarts and Bulat Okudzhava
Performed by Pavel Luspekayev
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The best Eastern of all times
20 November 2000 | by Monty Python-3See all my reviews

Just a few lines to mention that this film is a favourite not only in Russia and the Russian speaking world. This is one of the few really loved Soviet films in Bulgaria too. (In my country the term "Eastern" usually applies for a Russian war film rather than a Far Eastern one) One of my personal favorite episodes is Vereshchagin being fed up of having nothing else available to eat, but caviar!


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