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Belyy tigr (2012)

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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Spring 1945. A Legend is Born. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Mosfilm,Channel One Russia See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One of the wrecked tanks on the train, near the beginning, was a British Matilda, of which about 1,000 were supplied to Russia. See more »

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Referenced in Fury (2014) See more »

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Brilliantly symbolic yet accessible
14 November 2014 | by a666333See all my reviews

I found this film to be very successful. It takes an historical situation, carefully reconstructs it in an accurate and believable fashion, then applies an extra-real/fantasy overcoat as a platform to drive home a number of philosophical ideas. These are not simple ideas either, they are powerful and controversial and force one to think unless of course one was looking only for a nuts-and-bolts war movie. In that case, you will likely be disappointed but it worked perfectly for me. There were a number of slower scenes that would seem out-of-place without the wider philosophical/sociological themes playing out. I suggest that viewers not look to be entertained in the straightforward sense but instead allow themselves to be provoked.

Don't worry about the acting, directing, sets, camera work, etc. They all good and work well. There is a clear Tarkovsky influence in many of the scenes although not as surreal what you get in Stalker and Solaris.


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