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The Beast of War (1988)

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A Soviet tank and its warring crew become separated from their patrol and lost in an Afghan valley with a group of vengeance-seeking rebels on their tracks.

Director:

Kevin Reynolds

Writers:

William Mastrosimone (screenplay), William Mastrosimone (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Dzundza ... Daskal
Jason Patric ... Konstantin Koverchenko
Steven Bauer ... Khan Taj
Stephen Baldwin ... Anthony Golikov
Don Harvey ... Kaminski
Kabir Bedi ... Akbar
Erick Avari ... Samad
Chaim Jeraffi ... Moustafa (as Haim Gerafi)
Shoshi Marciano Shoshi Marciano ... Sherina (as Shosh Marciano)
Yitzhak Ne'eman Yitzhak Ne'eman ... Iskandar (as Itzhak Babi Ne'Eman)
David Sherrill ... Kovolov
Moshe Vapnik Moshe Vapnik ... Hasan
Claude Aviram Claude Aviram ... Sadioue
Victor Ken Victor Ken ... Ali
Avi Keedar Avi Keedar ... Noor
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Storyline

During the war in Afghanistan a Soviet tank crew commanded by a tyrannical officer find themselves lost and in a struggle against a band of Mujahadeen guerrillas in the mountains. A unique look at the Soviet 'Vietnam' experience sympathetically told for both sides. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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You can escape from everything but justice. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Pushto

Release Date:

7 September 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beast See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$161,004
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For increased realism, 90mm blank shells were modified to fire a weight of water out of the tanks' 105mm cannons, thus causing the cannon to recoil as if it had fired a live shell. See more »

Goofs

When the first round flies over the town and hits the hillside in the opening scene, a black dot can be seen at the exact spot of the fireball just prior to the explosion (pyrotechnics placed to simulate the explosion of the round). See more »

Quotes

Helicopter pilot: Today's your lucky day. If we hadn't been out here looking for water we wouldn't have found you guys. Go ahead and climb aboard, I'll call in an airstrike on the tank.
Daskal: Nobody wastes my tank...
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Crazy Credits

At the start of the film, just after the Columbia Pictures logo the following quote is given: When you're wounded an' left on Afghanistan's plains. An' the women come out to cut up your remains, Just roll to your rifle an' blow out your brains, An' go to your Gawd like a soldier. - Rudyard Kipling See more »

Alternate Versions

There are two versions playing on American Premium (Subscription) Movie Channels. One has subtitles for the Mujahadeen and the other does not. Currently, on STARZ, the version with subtitles is playing. Last year, on A&E, was the version without subtitles. See more »

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Featured in Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

STREETCAR HEADED EAST
Written by VICTOR TSI
Performed by KINO
Produced by JOANNA STINGRAY
Courtesy of STINGRAY PRODUCTIONS
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JUSTICE?: RAMBO makes Millions, THE BEAST, $160,000...
3 September 2001 | by seashellzSee all my reviews

Allegedly came out during a change of administration at COLUMBIA, and they knew not what to do with it, and at a time when the 'blockbuster' mentality was starting to become the norm, THE BEAST may have played in what, five cities for a week or two.....they say the most valuable gems can be the hardest to find...and THE BEAST is no exception to that maxim...

This is as close to a 'foreign film' out of Hollywood as you are going to get...the story brings the conflict between people forward, and makes the action incidental-virtual guaranteed bankruptcy for a US film today.

And as for the actors speaking English-I think the producers realised they were close enough to no profit by having one language being subtitled as it was-the whole film being subtitled would have seen no financing at all, probably.-That just doesnt fly in H-town....'art-house' kiss of death... However...

The acting is first rate. The story is lean, and to the point. The scenery is stark and beautiful-well, IMHO.... There is little pandering to the audience, and little Cultural Condescension that I can see-

The viewer soon becomes loyal to the Mujahadeem Rebels, not because they are against the Ruskies, but because they have the will and the right to exist as they are, not to be dictated to by a 'higher' invading power...

Thought it suffers a bit from low budget, I would rate THE BEAST up with FULL METAL JACKET, PLATOON, DAS BOOT, and APOCALYPSE NOW... an EIGHT out of TEN stars... dont rent this-OWN it!


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