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White Sun of the Desert (1970)

Beloe solntse pustyni (original title)
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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Details

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lenfilm Studio,Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Several directors, including Andrei Tarkovsky and Andrei Konchalovsky, were offered the film directorship but they turned it down. See more »

Goofs

When Petrukha enters Vereschagin's house the laundry hanging on the left side of the stair disappears between the shots. See more »

Quotes

Sayid: [Sayid, chasing back the last unkilled of three unidentified bandits who attacked him, over the next dune bumps into the whole pack lead by Abdulla himself]
Abdulla: [sincerely friendly and welcomingly] Why did you kill my men, Sayid? I sent them to tell you not to seek Dzhavdet in Dry Creek - he's not there. Come back to Pedjent! Your father was a friend of my father's! A journey is easier if you meet a good companion traveler!
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Connections

Spoofed in Starye pesni o glavnom 3 (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Vashe blagorodiye, gospozha Razluka
Written by Isaac Schwarts and Bulat Okudzhava
Performed by Pavel Luspekayev
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23 April 2004 | by zrmpSee all my reviews

I think the "best USSR movie ever" misses the point. This is certainly not the best movie, it wasn't even supposed to do all that well in the theaters when it was first made and released. I don't think anyone ever foresaw its success. However for some reason it just works; audiences identified with it and loved it.

White sun of the desert is a classic western. You don't have to know history of the Soviet Revolution to recognize a western when you see one, for this is exactly the soviet adaptation of the genre. Not only that, but the plot of this movie is just great.

I first saw this film when I was a kid (and numerous times since then), and even though I haven't seen it in a while, even with subtitles, you can't go wrong. I'd rate it 3rd best western along with "The Good, The bad, and the Ugly", "High Noon", and "A bullet for the General."


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