History Film / WhiteSunOfTheDesert

18th Feb '18 11:14:16 AM nombretomado
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The setting is the east shore of the Caspian Sea (today's Turkmenistan) where the Red Army soldier Fyodor Sukhov has been fighting the [[RedOctober Civil War]] in Russian Asia for a number of years. After being hospitalized and then demobbed, he sets off home to join his wife, but is caught up in a desert fight between a Red Army cavalry unit and Basmachi guerrillas. The cavalry unit commander, Rahimov, "persuades" Sukhov to help, temporarily, with the protection of abandoned women of the Basmachi guerrilla leader Black Abdullah's [[RoyalHarem harem]]. Leaving a young Red Army soldier, Petrukha, to assist Sukhov with the task, Rahimov and his cavalry unit set out to pursue the fleeing Abdullah.

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The setting is the east shore of the Caspian Sea (today's Turkmenistan) where the Red Army soldier Fyodor Sukhov has been fighting the [[RedOctober [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Civil War]] in Russian Asia for a number of years. After being hospitalized and then demobbed, he sets off home to join his wife, but is caught up in a desert fight between a Red Army cavalry unit and Basmachi guerrillas. The cavalry unit commander, Rahimov, "persuades" Sukhov to help, temporarily, with the protection of abandoned women of the Basmachi guerrilla leader Black Abdullah's [[RoyalHarem harem]]. Leaving a young Red Army soldier, Petrukha, to assist Sukhov with the task, Rahimov and his cavalry unit set out to pursue the fleeing Abdullah.



* GoodGunsBadGuns: Inverted. In Soviet media the Mauser C96 is a classic Good Gun, strongly associated with the Bolsheviks and RedOctober. But in that movie it's used by BigBad.

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* GoodGunsBadGuns: Inverted. In Soviet media the Mauser C96 is a classic Good Gun, strongly associated with the Bolsheviks and RedOctober.UsefulNotes/RedOctober. But in that movie it's used by BigBad.



* RedOctober: The film takes place in the early 1920's, with the Civil War in Russia proper over; the anti-Communist insurgency in Central Asia, where the action takes place, was still in full swing.
30th Jan '18 2:07:04 PM thisissostupid
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* DespairEventHorizon: Sukhov has a very memorable look of utter despair once he's shot and forced to helplessly watch Vereshchagin start the engine on the barge. It's brief enough that he's still able to use the ensuing explosion to his advantage.
30th Jan '18 1:57:06 PM thisissostupid
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* DramaticIrony: Vereshchagin just cleared out all the bandits on the barge, and is heading to shore to [[TheCavalry deal with Abdullah and rescue Sukhov]]. His wife, previously terrified that he's about to get killed, [[HopeSpot is relieved to see him safe and sound]]. But the viewer and Sukhov both know that the barge is [[NiceJobBreakingItHero rigged to blow up shortly after the motor starts]].
14th Nov '17 4:00:24 AM Smeagol17
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* BuriedAlive: Sayid was buried alive in sizzling hot sand by Djavded (off screen) and dug out by Sukhov.


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* SandNecktie: Sayid was buried alive in sizzling hot sand by Djavded (off screen) and dug out by Sukhov.
17th Sep '17 1:35:08 PM nombretomado
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* StillWearingTheOldColors: Semyon is a former [[RussiansWithRifles White Guard]] sub-lieutenant and still looks the part.

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* StillWearingTheOldColors: Semyon is a former [[RussiansWithRifles [[UsefulNotes/RussiansWithRifles White Guard]] sub-lieutenant and still looks the part.
29th Mar '17 5:28:06 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* GoodGunsBadGuns: Inverted. In Soviet media Mauser C96 is a classic Good Gun, strongly associated with the Bolsheviks and RedOctober. But in that movie it's used by BigBad.

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* GoodGunsBadGuns: Inverted. In Soviet media the Mauser C96 is a classic Good Gun, strongly associated with the Bolsheviks and RedOctober. But in that movie it's used by BigBad.
9th Nov '16 1:17:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Many -- comrade Sukhov, former customs officer Vereshchagin and Sayid. BigBad Black Abdullah can also be considered one. .
** RetiredBadass: Vereshchagin. Awesome way of retirement: endless supplies of vodka, black caviar and peacocks.


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* RetiredBadass: Vereshchagin. Awesome way of retirement: endless supplies of vodka, black caviar and peacocks.
24th Dec '14 8:28:11 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* BadAss: Many -- comrade Sukhov, former customs officer Vereshchagin and Sayid. BigBad Black Abdullah can also be considered one. .

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* BadAss: {{Badass}}: Many -- comrade Sukhov, former customs officer Vereshchagin and Sayid. BigBad Black Abdullah can also be considered one. .



* FakeNationality: No named Central Asian character are played by Central Asians, e.g. Abdullah is an ethnic Georgian, and Sayid and Gyulchatai are ethnic Russians.



* TroubledProduction: the production was riddled with misfortunes. A stuntman died, actors getting drunk and participating in fights with locals was normal, after two years of filming the crew exceeded the budget and all the studio bosses didn't liked what they shot so far. After the shooting was over it went through heavy ExecutiveMeddling from the officials, and yet the bosses still didn't like the outcome. If it wasn't for Brezhnev himself who had a habit of watching all new western and soviet movies on his [[{{Dacha}} dacha]], this movie would have never had a proper release. [[NetworkToTheRescue Brezhnev LOVED the movie, and all arguments from officials ended]].
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Villanous variation of the trope. Abdullah shows little care for his {{mooks}}. When he [[spoiler:captures Sayid after his CrowningMomentOfAwesome, he shows no grudge for killing his men, but only astonishment why Sayid killed them â "I've sent them only to tell you not to seek for Djavded in a dry creek: he's not there!"]]

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* TroubledProduction: the production was riddled with misfortunes. A stuntman died, actors getting drunk and participating in fights with locals was normal, after two years of filming the crew exceeded the budget and all the studio bosses didn't liked what they shot so far. After the shooting was over it went through heavy ExecutiveMeddling from the officials, and yet the bosses still didn't like the outcome. If it wasn't for Brezhnev himself who had a habit of watching all new western and soviet movies on his [[{{Dacha}} dacha]], this movie would have never had a proper release. [[NetworkToTheRescue Brezhnev LOVED the movie, and all arguments from officials ended]].
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Villanous variation of the trope. Abdullah shows little care for his {{mooks}}. When he [[spoiler:captures Sayid after his CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Sayid, he shows no grudge for killing his men, but only astonishment why Sayid killed them â - "I've sent them only to tell you not to seek for Djavded in a dry creek: he's not there!"]]
3rd Jan '14 5:07:55 AM Hoffmann
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* NaiveNewcomer: Petrukha, young soldier commanded to assist Sukhov.

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* NaiveNewcomer: NaiveNewcomer / NewMeat: Petrukha, young soldier commanded to assist Sukhov.
3rd Jan '14 5:02:02 AM Hoffmann
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* GoodGunsBadGuns: Inverted. In Soviet media Mauser C96 is a classic Good Gun, strongly associated with the Bolsheviks and RedOctober. But in that movie it's used by BigBad.
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