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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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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

February 1989 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Needle See more »

Filming Locations:

Almaty, Kazakhstan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Kazakhfilm Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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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

Edited from Escape from New York (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Zvezda po imeni Solnce
Written by Viktor Tsoy
Performed by Kino
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Full of atmosphere, great direction and amazing music
25 October 2011 | by markgbullenSee all my reviews

If you can understand Russian then you simply have to watch this film, I'm not aware of an English translation available but if you find one and have an interest in life at the end of the USSR then watch Igla. This film is a vehicle for Viktor Tsoi, Soviet rock superstar and one of the most talented musicians there has ever been. It's a film made on a budget but this adds to the atmosphere of the thing,The film has some great direction and although cheap has been made with thought and care. However the best thing about this film is it's soundtrack, truly brilliant, Tsoi really is a music icon and this film, made not long before his death is a fitting tribute to him and his legacy. I recommend this film wholeheartedly!


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