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The Beast of War

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1988
  • Kevin Reynolds
  • 109 mins
  • 18

Summary

War drama set during the Soviet-Afghan conflict, starring George Dzundza and Jason Patric. A Soviet tank, nicknamed the Beast, is accidentally separated from its unit and becomes the target of a group of angry Afghan rebels intent on avenging the destruction of their village.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Yet another movie to prove, as if we didn't know, that war is hell. And yet, with its exotic locations and intense relationships, director Kevin Reynolds's carefully balanced drama brings its message home with a fierce urgency. Set in 1981 during the second year of the Soviet-Afghan war, the beast of the title is a Soviet tank that has helped raze a village to the ground and, having become separated from its unit, is trapped in a mountainous dead-end by guerrillas bent on reprisals. Emotions within the tank are just as overheated, with paranoid commander George Dzundza at odds with crew member Jason Patric. Reynolds, who went on to make the fraught epic Waterworld with Kevin Costner, handles the action well and directs with a keen awareness of the claustrophobic settings.

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Credits

Cast

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DaskalGeorge Dzundza
KoverchenkoJason Patric
TajSteven Bauer
GolikovStephen Baldwin
KaminskiDon Harvey
AkbarKabir Bedi
SamadErick Avari
MoustafaShosh Marciano

Crew

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DirectorKevin Reynolds

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Pictures
Languages
English | Pushto
Guidance
Edited for some of its language and violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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