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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Vertkov Aleksey Vertkov ... Naydenov
Vitaliy Kishchenko ... Fedotov
Valeriy Grishko 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 ... 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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White Tiger: An Iron Monster. Indestructible. Unpredictable. Unstoppable. 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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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,200,000, 31 December 2012
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1.85 : 1
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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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War movie, Tarkovsky-style
30 March 2013 | by ramayanaSee all my reviews

Starts out as a perfectly good war flick and turns more and more surreal during the last thirty minutes. Or maybe I should say, it becomes a meditation over the meaning, the spirit, the essence of war. As a whole, White Tiger is like an episode of Twilight Zone filmed in the gritty philosophical manner of Tarkovsky - some faces and scenes almost appear like a nod to the protagonists of Stalker. It probably won't please those who watch this for the war part, and because marketed as a war movie, it probably fails to reach out those looking for the surreal and mystical. However, even if this film is an odd bag, it has the potential to leave a lasting impression on the viewer because the point it makes in the end (in the fireplace monologue scene) is utterly taboo-breaking with thoughts no Western-made WW2 films dared to express. 8/10 for a few sluggish scenes towards the end.


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