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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 »


Rashid Nugmanov
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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
Chatayana Hicks ... Nurse (as Ajkhan Chatayeva)
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


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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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 »


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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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Zvezda po imeni Solnce
Written by Viktor Tsoy
Performed by Kino
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This Kazakh new wave film by Rashid Nugmanov continues to be a profound influence on viewers.
30 July 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

The mere presence of a celebrity is not enough to guarantee commercial as well as critical success of a film. A good film should also possess content, depth and form. Kazakh director Rashid Nugmanov made history of sorts in 1987 when he made "Igla" during the heyday of Glasnost and Perestroika in former Russia. At this juncture, it would be right if one mentions that we need to eternally thank Russian leader Mr. Mikhail Gorbachev for those bold initiatives which were instrumental in making freedom an attainable dream for countless young Russian people. It is true that Igla refers to a needle but the entire film is not a tragic discourse about drug addiction in Russia as on an official level drug addiction did not exist at all in Russia. It was considered a purely western phenomenon. In Igla we get a chance to see that director Rashid Nugmonov has shot a film which speaks more about the myth surrounding an impossible love which in many ways symbolized the difficult life of young generation in communist era Russia. Igla scores well in all artistic departments as it has great music by Viktor Tsoi which blends perfectly with constructive, meaningful lyrics. The major highlight of the film is its imagery which brings forth the bleakness of a troubled nation. For example- a visually rich scenes features an abandoned ship lying lost in dry sands of Aral sea. The late Russian rock star Viktor Tsoi is one of the principal reasons to watch this film due to his character having two distinct yet interesting styles. He appears credible as a comical hero who doesn't hesitate to use force in order to accomplish some true to life action scenes. The overall mood of the film is nice despite a minor dose of profane humor.

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February 1989 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Almaty, Kazakhstan See more »


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