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Belyy tigr (2012)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 3 May 2012 (Russia)
Great Patriotic War, early 1940s. After barely surviving a battle with a mysterious, ghostly-white Tiger tank, Red Army Sergeant Ivan Naydenov becomes obsessed with its destruction.

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Karen Shakhnazarov

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Aleksandr Borodyanskiy (screenplay), Ilya Boyashov (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Vertkov Aleksey Vertkov ... Naydenov
Vitaliy Kishchenko ... Fedotov
Valeriy Grishko ... Zhukov
Dmitriy Bykovskiy-Romashov ... Smirnov (as Dmitriy Bykovskiy)
Gerasim Arkhipov Gerasim Arkhipov ... Sharipov
Aleksandr Vakhov Aleksandr Vakhov ... Kryuk
Vitaliy Dordzhiev Vitaliy Dordzhiev ... Berdyev
Vladimir Ilin ... Nachalnik gospitalya
Karl Kranzkowski Karl Kranzkowski ... Gitler (as Karl Krantskovski)
Christian Redl ... Keytel (as Kristian Redl)
Klaus Grünberg Klaus Grünberg ... Shtumpf (as Klaus Gryunberg)
Vilmar Bieri Vilmar Bieri ... Frideburg (as Vilmar Biri)
Dirk Martens ... Nemetskiy tankist
Michael Schenk Michael Schenk ... Nemetskiy ofitser (as Maykl Shenk)
V. Chankin V. Chankin
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Storyline

In WW2, after a tank battle, a wounded Soviet tank driver and mechanic is taken to the hospital. He suffers from amnesia and has severe burns on his body. He secretly believes he can communicate with any tank, as if the tank were human. After being returned to duty, the tank-man proves to be one of the best tank-men in his unit. Rumors about a new, invincible Nazi tank, circulate. It's said that a huge Nazi tank often appears out of nowhere on the battlefield and it destroys dozens of Soviet tanks. The mysterious enemy tank is nicknamed White Tiger by the Soviet soldiers. Our tank-man, Naydenov, is convinced that it was the White Tiger that destroyed his Soviet tank and he wants revenge. Naydenov is ordered to find and destroy the White Tiger. But how can one find and destroy a ghost of war? Written by nufs68

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Spring 1945. A Legend is Born. See more »


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | German

Release Date:

3 May 2012 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

White Tiger See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia See more »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,628,152
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Trivia

When the White Tiger is first seen, it clearly has the turret mounted toward the front of the vehicle, instead of the middle as in the iconic Tiger design. This identifies it as a Porsche prototype, which lost to the more reliable Henschel design in early trials. As such, only one Porsche Tiger ever saw combat service. It served as a command tank on the Eastern Front in 1944, and had additional front armor of up to 200mm thick. Just like the tank in the film, this would have made it virtually immune to most Soviet tank and anti-tank guns. See more »

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Moby Dick with an 88mm Gun
29 July 2015 | by Lomax343See all my reviews

First things first - if you expect a "standard" war film like Saving Private Ryan or Enemy at the Gates or Fury, then this is the wrong place to look. White Tiger is a Russian film set in the dying days of WW2. The titular AFV is a lone German tank which appears mysteriously on the battlefield and destroys Russian tanks by the dozen, whilst seeming invincible. No crew is ever seen, with the result that it feels like a mash-up between the great white whale from Moby Dick and the homicidal tanker in Spielberg's Duel.

Hunting the tank is a character halfway between Captain Ahab and Ishmael; a Russian tank-man who makes a miraculous recovery from seemingly fatal burns, only to find that he has total amnesia. He only knows that he can talk to the souls of tanks, and that he must hunt the white tiger.

Sounds odd? That's the point. The film is heavy on metaphor and mysticism, and in the latter third becomes deeply surreal. There's a scene of three German generals signing the document of surrender, then enjoying a strange meal. Then cut to a line of Russian PoWs; then to Ahab/Ishmael alone in a field with his tank. The white tiger hasn't gone, he says. It's merely hiding, and will be back in a hundred years or so. Then the final scene: is it real? Is it symbolic? Is it happening in someone's head? You decide.

This is a cerebral film. It asks questions, and leaves the viewer to struggle for answers.

In Russian, with subtitles.


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