Brother (Brat)

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Film poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Aleksey Balabanov
Release Date 1997
Language Russian
Studio Gorky Film Studios
Kinokompaniya CTB
Distributor Kino International
Image Entertainment
Kino Video
Main Cast
Character Actor
Danila Bagrov Sergei Bodrov
Viktor Bagrov Viktor Sukhorukov
Sveta Svetlana Pismichenko
Kat Mariya Zhukova
German Yuriy Kuznetsov
Krugly Sergei Murzin

Brother (Brat) is a 1997 cult Russian film directed by Aleksey Balabanov. The story revolves around a young Russian man named Danila (Sergei Bodrov Jr.), who goes to join his older brother in St. Petersburg. But Danila's older sibling is a gangster and a cold-blooded contract-killer. Danila is asked to kill someone, and soon learns that he finds killing easier than living. (People who don't speak Russian may find it ironic and humorous that the Russian word for 'brother' is 'brat', so any of us who have brothers will find humor in that translation.)

The following weapons are featured in the film Brother:


Hand-made Revolver

Danila's first gun is a locally-produced .22 LR revolver (which apparently has no official name). These cheap revolvers were produced in the 1990s by one of the gangs which operated out of the Moscow Suburbs. Many people wrongly identify it as a Nagant revolver.

An exhibit of the locally produced .22LR Revolver from a Russian Police museum.
The same model, but with another finish.
Danila examines the revolver he took from a mobster.
Danila takes the gun from his pocket and checks it out before a showdown with the white gangsters.
Danila tells one of the white guys to pay the fine
Danila loads the revolver.
Danila works on a suppressor
The crude suppressor attached.

Makarov PM

A Makarov PM is used by "Utyug" ("Iron") (Vladimir Labetskiy), one of Krugly's henchmen.

Makarov PM - 9x18mm
"Utyug" holds his PM
Another view of the scene.

Colt 1911

An M1911 is used by Viktor (Viktor Sukhorukov).

M1911 - .45ACP
Victor meets Danila.
Victor: - Here's a piece with a clip for you. This is 600 more... We'll square accounts later.
Danila: - I don't need it.
"Nervous Gangster"(Anatoliy Zhuravlyov) aims his M1911 at the debtor's friend (Andrey Krasko)
"Nervous Gangster" knocks down Stepan (Andrey Fedortsov).
Stepan: - Guys, probably I've got on the wrong floor, I should go upstairs.
Danila shoots "Nervous Gangster" with his own Colt.

Walther P38

Krugly's main henchman (Aleksey Sevastyanov) carries a Walther P38 .

P38 - 9x19
Krugly's main henchman pursues Danila with his Walther P38.

Tokarev TT-33 Pistol

A suppressed Tokarev TT-33 is used by Mole (Aleksey Poluyan).

TT - 7.62x25
Mole (Aleksey Poluyan) prepares to shoot his target.

12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

Danila buys a double-barreled shotgun (presumably a TOZ-63) from his drunken neighbor (Vitaliy Matveev) and saws down the barrels.

12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun - 12 Gauge
Sawed-off shotgun - 12 Gauge.
Danila: - If you'll lie quiet, I'll let you go.
Danila kills the henchmen.

Custom-Made SMG

A suppressed unknown submachine gun is seen in Viktor's kitchen, with a design somewhat reminiscent the Sa vz. 23. Apparently, he is a custom-built submachine gun, one of the countless that were made in the former USSR in the 90s by criminals and rebels, and whose quality ranged from crumbling in the hands to the factory-made level.

Danila unloads a captured SMG. Presumably, this should use 9x18mm ammunition.

See Also

Brother 2 (Brat 2)

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