''The Needle'' (''Игла'', ''Igla'') is a 1988 Soviet film directed by Rashid Nugmanov, starring the iconic Soviet rock musician Music/ViktorTsoi, leader of the band ''Kino''. Tsoi plays enigmatic Moro, who comes home to Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, to extract a debt from his old buddy Spartacus. He decides to pay a visit to his ex-girlfriend Dina, who in the latest years has become a morphine addict. Moro takes her to the Aral Sea, where she begins to recover. But when they return to Alma-Ata, the drug dealers try to ensnare them with morphine. So Moro confronts their leader, the Doctor, who tries to kill our hero. The film has since become most famous for its soundtrack (written by Tsoi), and Tsoi/Kino fans have a strong NostalgiaFilter for it.

* AdamWesting: Music/ViktorTsoi is playing AsHimself playing Music/BruceLee.
* AffablyEvil: Arthur. He seems at first a respectable doctor.
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: The Doctor.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Tsoi as Moro wears pure black outfits he used to wear in real life.
* DeadlyDoctor: Arthur AKA the Doctor.
* DirtyCoward: Spartak and his goons too. When the fight turned ugly they left him being beaten by the muslim.
* DownerEnding
** {{Gainax Ending}}/{{Hope Spot}}: [[spoiler: after Moro was seemingly killed, he still appeared alive and walking.]] It may be considered either as a metaphor of eventual victory of Good, or, more realistically, [[spoiler:he simply survived being stabbed.]]
* DrugsAreBad
* FingerlessGloves
* GoingColdTurkey
* NiceHat: Arthur.
* SaharanShipwreck
* SceneryGorn: Abandoned ships in the Aral sea.
* SceneryPorn: Again, Aral Sea is still quote beautiful.
* SnowMeansDeath: Averted: [[WordOfGod Rashid Nugmanov]] has stated that in the end Moro lives.
* ThirstyDesert
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Dina says Arthur is a Good man, helping her she was lonely. But then he introduced her to drugs and drug dealing. Using her flat like warehouse, no less.
* WalkItOff: At the end, after Arthur stabs Moro.
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing: Music/ViktorTsoi's martial arts skills look... Debatable on screen.