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The Beast of War (1988)

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A Soviet tank and its warring crew become separated from their patrol and lost in an Afghan valley with a group of vengeance-seeking rebels on their tracks.

Director:

Kevin Reynolds

Writers:

William Mastrosimone (screenplay), William Mastrosimone (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Dzundza ... Daskal
Jason Patric ... Konstantin Koverchenko
Steven Bauer ... Khan Taj
Stephen Baldwin ... Anthony Golikov
Don Harvey ... Kaminski
Kabir Bedi ... Akbar
Erick Avari ... Samad
Chaim Jeraffi Chaim Jeraffi ... Moustafa (as Haim Gerafi)
Shoshi Marciano Shoshi Marciano ... Sherina (as Shosh Marciano)
Yitzhak Ne'eman Yitzhak Ne'eman ... Iskandar (as Itzhak Babi Ne'Eman)
David Sherrill ... Kovolov
Moshe Vapnik Moshe Vapnik ... Hasan
Claude Aviram Claude Aviram ... Sadioue
Victor Ken Victor Ken ... Ali
Avi Keedar Avi Keedar ... Noor
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Storyline

During the war in Afghanistan a Soviet tank crew commanded by a tyrannical officer find themselves lost and in a struggle against a band of Mujahadeen guerrillas in the mountains. A unique look at the Soviet 'Vietnam' experience sympathetically told for both sides. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Taglines:

War brings out the beast in every man. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Pushto

Release Date:

7 September 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beast See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$161,004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$161,004
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although in the original movie the actors use American military lingo and commands, which is quite out of place for Soviet soldiers, the Hungarian version of the movie corrected much of these errors and added authentic Warsaw Pact jargon and commands. Interestingly, the tank commander repeatedly calls a shrapnel shell "kartács" which is an outdated word for grapeshot. See more »

Goofs

The RPG-7 in real life would not give recoil when Mustafa discharges it by accident as the weapon is actually a recoilless launcher, so in real life the weapon would have been still upon firing. See more »

Quotes

Kaminski: I need a woman!
Golikov: Maybe you'll find another sheep.
Kaminski: Maybe I will!
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Crazy Credits

At the start of the film, just after the Columbia Pictures logo the following quote is given: When you're wounded an' left on Afghanistan's plains. An' the women come out to cut up your remains, Just roll to your rifle an' blow out your brains, An' go to your Gawd like a soldier. - Rudyard Kipling See more »

Alternate Versions

There are two versions playing on American Premium (Subscription) Movie Channels. One has subtitles for the Mujahadeen and the other does not. Currently, on STARZ, the version with subtitles is playing. Last year, on A&E, was the version without subtitles. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Syphon Filter 3 (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

STREETCAR HEADED EAST
Written by VICTOR TSI
Performed by KINO
Produced by JOANNA STINGRAY
Courtesy of STINGRAY PRODUCTIONS
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A truly great war film
3 March 2002 | by chvylvr80See all my reviews

This film is as I said one of the greatest war films ever made. It is also the only one that I am aware of that focuses on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. A serviceable plot makes it easier for the tank crew to turn out some great performances. Stephen Baldwin is even tolerable in this one and this is the only role to date where he shouldn't be killed for his decision to act. Don Harvey is a unsung star as the brake fluid swigging Kaminski and Jason Patric turns in a good perfomance as Koverchenko, the moral driver torn between being a good soldier and obeying his instincts. This also qualifies as the best tank movie ever made and the T-62 tank that is featured is the real star of the show. I think that the Soviets were using T-72 tanks in this particular conflict but I'm just being a little anal. Overall, this is one of my top ten and I think that any war movie fan should check this one out.


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