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The Needle (1988)

Igla (original title)
Moro returns to Alma Ata to collect money owed to him. While waiting out an unexpected delay, he visits his former girlfriend Dina, and discovers she has become a morphine addict. He ... See full summary »

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Rashid Nugmanov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viktor Tsoy Viktor Tsoy ... Moro
Marina Smirnova Marina Smirnova ... Dina
Pyotr Mamonov ... Artur, surgeon
Aleksandr Bashirov ... Spartak
Arkhimed Iskakov Arkhimed Iskakov ... Arkhimed
Gennadi Lyui Gennadi Lyui ... Gess
Rakhimdzhan Abdykadyrov Rakhimdzhan Abdykadyrov ... Thimblerigger
Aleksandr Konks Aleksandr Konks
Raikhan Kanatbayev Raikhan Kanatbayev ... Old man
Ajkhan Chatayeva Ajkhan Chatayeva ... Nurse
Vladimir Danilenko Vladimir Danilenko ... Chess player
Grigori Epstein Grigori Epstein ... Epstein
Marat Azimbayev Marat Azimbayev ... Marat
Yernar Abilev Yernar Abilev ... Hit man
Rustem Tazhibayev Rustem Tazhibayev ... Baron
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Storyline

Moro returns to Alma Ata to collect money owed to him. While waiting out an unexpected delay, he visits his former girlfriend Dina, and discovers she has become a morphine addict. He decides to help her kick the habit and to fight the local drug maphia responsible for her condition. But Moro finds a deadly opponent in "the doctor," the maphia kingpin who is exploiting Dina. Written by Forrest Ciesol

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Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

The movie set off a movement that has come to be known as the "Kazakh New Wave." The film also became a model for the Russian version of postmodernism. See more »

Quotes

Moro: There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who are sitting on pipelines and those who need money. You are sitting on the pipeline.
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Connections

Spoofed in Chyornyy frayer (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Zvezda po imeni Solnce
Written by Viktor Tsoy
Performed by Kino
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Viktor Tsoy movie
17 July 2001 | by garde_noisemakerSee all my reviews

The main attraction in the movie is obviosly it's main actor - Viktor Tsoy, a late Russian rock star with an asian facial qualities. Eleven years after his death, his music still holds a huge following and unfortunately exploited. In this movie, he plays a Bruce Lee-esque character who defeats the villains and suffers for it in the end. I love this movie because I'm a huge fan of Tsoy's band "KINO" otherwise I wouldn't pay much attention to it. Great soundtrack and interesting photography. Unfortunately Tsoy was not an actor and he was pretty much playing himself. Pyotr Mamonov, ex-leader of Russian experimental band "Zvuki Mu" probably was the best actor but received a minor role.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

February 1989 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Almaty, Kazakhstan See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,387
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Production Co:

Kazakhfilm Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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