"White Sun of the Desert" - facts about the film

In 1970, the first Soviet Western "White Sun of the Desert" was released, which gained such wide popularity that the picture was revised dozens of times. And the phrases of the heroes steadily entered the spoken Russian language and became winged. And now some interesting facts about this legendary painting:

  1. Despite the resounding success, the road to rental was long and thorny. The film acceptance certificate was never signed by the Director of the Mosfilm studio. Despite numerous alterations, the management believed that the quality of the painting needed to be improved. The director, V. Motyl, was accused by the management of excessive waste of funds, violation of discipline and, in general, of creative unsuitability. The film was already two-thirds shot when they were about to close it. However, the Ministry of Finance refused to write off almost 300 thousand rubles already spent on filming, and thus saved the beloved film. I had to allocate money to finish the picture.
  2. L.I. Brezhnev. At a private screening, he really liked the picture, and it was largely thanks to him that it appeared on the screens. However, the film received only the second distribution category, which limited the number of copies and almost did not allow any advertising. Despite the restrictions at the box office in 1970, the film took 2nd place - it was watched by 50 million viewers.
  3. The performer of the role of Vereshchagin - Pavel Luspekaev, was seriously ill during the filming. His toes were amputated and he wore special orthopedic shoes. The work of the actor on the role, despite the problems, impressed Motyl so much that the image of Vereshchagin was worked out and brought to the fore. It is a pity, but Luspekaev did not live to see the premiere of the film. Subsequently, Pavel Vereshchagin became a symbol of the customs service in Russia and some other countries. By the way, the episode where Vereshchagin's face bleeds during a fight on the launch is completely natural. The day before, in a fight with local hooligans, Luspekaev's eyebrow was cut.
  4. For the role of Petrukha, they could not find an actor for a long time. As a result, she went to Nikolai Godovikov, who worked as a mechanic at a factory.
  5. There were only two professional actresses among Abdula's wives. Dagestani and Turkmen women, in whose countries the shooting took place, refused to act, so the roles went to random people. Saleswoman, basketball player, journalist, and later, when the shooting dragged on, soldiers began to play wives.
  6. After thieves stole a lot of valuable props in Kaspiysk at night, and to ensure the safety of the shooting in the future, Motyl invited the local crime boss Ali to play a cameo role as one of the Black Abdullah's bandits. As a result, Ali appeared on the screen twice in the film, playing a bandit in a red shirt ("customs gives the go-ahead").
  7. Horses were frightened by loud shots and disrupted scenes, so Kakhe Kavsadze (Abdula) fired while sitting on the assistant's shoulders.
  8. Immediately after the release of the film, it was nominated for the State Prize. But for more than twenty years, "White Sun of the Desert" has received no awards. Only after the collapse of the USSR, by order of B. Yeltsin, the film received the State Prize of Russia.
  9. The role of Comrade Sukhov was to be played by Georgy Yumatov. Yumatov loved alcohol and everyone knew about it, including the director. Bloodworm set a condition - no drunkenness. But the actor "broke" and on the eve of filming kissed his throat and got into a fight, which was evidenced by bruises and abrasions. The role was urgently transferred to Kuznetsov, who was summoned from Moscow.
  10. Many scenes had to be cut from the film at the insistence of the Moscow authorities, who considered them cruel for the Soviet audience. So, for example, the scene did not appear on the screens where Vereshchagin's wife went crazy, and the buried Said was re-filmed.
  11. The film became one of the mascots of Soviet (and Russian) cosmonauts. Before each launch, the cosmonauts must review the film; there is a cassette with it even on board the International Space Station.
  12. In 1997, in the year of the 30th anniversary of the start of work on the film, craters appeared on the map of Venus by the names of Abdullah's wives: Zarina, Jamil, Guzel, Said, Hafiz, Zukhra, Leila, Zulfiya, Gulchatay, as well as the beloved of Fyodor Sukhov - Russian girl Katya.
  13. The film was successfully viewed in 130 countries around the world, but most of all it was unlucky in Morocco. As one embassy employee explained to Kuznetsov, the Moroccan king Hassan II had only two wives. Khasan felt offended that he, the king, had two wives, and the Russian soldier had as many as nine. Although in the film the wives were Abduls and not Sukhova. Maybe it was just a joke of the king from the east, and "the east is a delicate matter"