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Afghan Breakdown (1991)

Afganskiy izlom (original title)
The film opens with a scene of an Islamic circumcision. After the opening credits, a line of Mujahedin are shown approaching a roadway where a squad of Soviet soldiers has been slaughtered.... See full synopsis »

Director:

Vladimir Bortko
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michele Placido ... Major Bandura
Tatyana Dogileva ... Katya
Mikhail Zhigalov ... Lieutenant colonel
Filipp Yankovskiy ... Nikita Steklov
Aleksey Serebryakov ... Arsenyov
Nina Ruslanova ... Tanya
Nikolai Ustinov Nikolai Ustinov ... Vasya Onisimov
Rinat Ibragimov Rinat Ibragimov ... Denis Popov
Khoshim Rakhimov Khoshim Rakhimov ... Gulakhan (as Khashim Rakhimov)
Kiem Yakub Kiem Yakub ... Gulakhan's son
Artur Uvarov Artur Uvarov ... Ivanov
Yuriy Kuznetsov ... Shchup
Viktor Proskurin ... Simakov
Sergei Isavnin ... Sedykh
Muso Isoyev Muso Isoyev ... Adil
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The film opens with a scene of an Islamic circumcision. After the opening credits, a line of Mujahedin are shown approaching a roadway where a squad of Soviet soldiers has been slaughtered. They dispatch the lone Soviet survivor with a knife. Soviet reinforcements arrive, and the guerrillas are defeated. As one of them is being interrogated, Major Bandura appears. On Bandura's orders, the prisoner is thrown into a truck which is then soaked with petroleum and set ablaze. After reporting the incident, Bandura meets a green new junior officer, a son of top brass transferred from Czechoslovakia. Bandura is amused by the kid's enthusiasm. Bandura negotiates some R and R for his weary company. He strikes a deal with an Afghani businessman named Gulakhan to provide his men with his women-medics from camp hospital for a trip to town and back to their base. While in the town, a newly arrived, green recruit shoots and kills a street merchant. Major Bandura calmly puts a pistol in the dead ...

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War

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Country:

Soviet Union | Italy

Language:

Russian | Italian

Release Date:

April 1992 (Russia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Russia

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1.37 : 1
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Very realistic war
9 September 2009 | by cmdrdan2001See all my reviews

American war movie fans might be bored out of their skulls by this movie, but that boredom is born of ignorance. Guerrilla suppression operations are always like that. Sit around and wait, get some hookers, get drunk at the base, wheel and deal with the businessman, kick a prisoner around, cover up the killing of the street merchant by the green private. Then, boom, there goes two fuel trucks, and for 10 minutes a small-arms battle with one high-caliber machine gun. Then wait for brass to plan a way to knock out their stronghold, and then end up killing a few civilians in the process of doing it. If reality doesn't work for Western viewers, there's always Top Gun or Rambo (Top Gun realistic? nope)

The best part of Afganskiy Izlom's realism was the way all the planes dropped flares like confetti. They had to do that because Carter and Reagan gave the Mujahedin so many missiles. Also, the wave of Mi-24's was excellent, a better helo attack even than Apocalypse now. The sight of their missiles dropping and shooting was a scene of impending "death from above" for whoever they were aimed at.

It's funny how the Soviets were able to make an honest Afghanistan movie within a year after their departure, but it took the US six years. Afganskiy Izlom is just as real if you apply it to NATO's occupation too. Someone will always pick up the gun and shoot you cause they care more about the land. It's a movie Westerners should watch. Unfortunately I don't think anyone has ever made English subtitles; I might have to make some.


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