Déjà Vu (1988)

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Déjà Vu
Deja Vu 1988 poster.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
POL.jpg Poland
Directed by Juliusz Machulski
Release Date 1988
Language Russian
Studio Odessa Film Studio
Studio Filmowe Zebra
Main Cast
Character Actor
Johnny Pollack Jerzy Stuhr
Mikita Nechyporuk Vladimir Golovin
Mishka Yaponchik Nikolai Karachentsov
Klara Glushko Galina Petrova
George Pereplyotchikov Oleg Shklovsky
Afrodita Pereplyotchikova Liza Machulska
Petro Krivonoschenko Viktor Stepanov

Déjà Vu (original Polish title Deja vu, Russian title Dezha vyu) is a 1988 Polish-Soviet criminal comedy directed by Juliusz Machulski. The plot takes place in 1925. One of Chicago mobsters Mick Nitsch (who is Russian-born Mikita Nechyporuk) (Vladimir Golovin) flees to Soviet Russia to escape the revenge of other mobsters. Mob leaders send their best hitman Johnny Pollack (Jerzy Stuhr) to the city of Odessa.

The following weapons were used in the film Déjà Vu (1988):



Nagant M1895

When Pollack (Jerzy Stuhr) runs out of weapons, he disarms an actor in role of Tzarist Army officer (Oleg Fedulov) on filming of Battleship Potemkin, taking his Nagant M1895 revolver. Nagant revolvers are also seen during the shootout in Nechyporuk's illegal casino. The revolver is of anachronistic post-1930 version.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38N
An actor in role of Tzarist Army officer (Oleg Fedulov) carries a holstered Nagant revolver.
Pollack takes Nagant from the said actor. Note the extended position of the ejector rod which is common for well-worn Nagants.
Pollack, dressed as the officer, threatens the hotel porter (Vitali Shapovalov).
Pollack loads the revolver with cartridges that he smuggled inside a collection of butterflies. These are not Nagant cartridges but rather pistol ones.
Pollack aims at escaping Nechyporuk. The ejector rod is now on correct place.
Pollack holds his revolver during the filming of Battleship Potemkin, in its best-known sequence on the Odessa steps. The ejector rod is again extended.
A criminal fires his Nagant in the scene in the illegal casino.

1910 Mauser Pocket Pistol

Pollack (Jerzy Stuhr) use Mauser Model 1910 pocket pistol as a backup weapon.

1910 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 6.35mm
Pollack draws a Mauser Model 1910 pocket pistol that was hidden inside a book.
Pollack loads the magazine with (surprise!) .22LR cartridges.
Pollack readies the pistol.
Mauser Model 1910 pocket pistol in the candy box.

Unknown pistols

Several mobsters in the Chicago shootout sequence are armed with semi auto pistols that are seen only in distance and cannot be identified.


Submachine Guns

PPSh-41 (visually modified to resemble M1921AC Thompson)

Police and mobsters in the Chicago shootout sequence use submachine guns that resemble M1921AC Thompsons. Actually, they are modified PPSh-41 submachine guns, with removed barrel shrouds, custom stocks and characteristic Thompson foregrips.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Colt M1921AC Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
Deja Vu 1988-Thompson-1.jpg
Chicago police officers with fake "Thompsons".
Nechyporuk alias Mick Nitsch (Vladimir Golovin) holds a fake "Thompson", taken from a wounded gangster (Jan Hencz).

M1928A1 Thompson

A M1928A1 Thompson SMG is used by Nechyporuk (Vladimir Golovin), Mishka Yaponchik (Nikolai Karachentsov) and later Pollack (Jerzy Stuhr). This is the same weapon which several times passed from hands to hands. According to moviemakers, the screen gun wasn't able to fire, and actors only mimicked firing while the sound of full auto fire was added, and muzzle flashes imitated by pyrotechnics.

M1928A1 Thompson with a Stick Magazine - .45 ACP
Nechyporuk readies his Thompson. The stock is removed.
Nechyporuk puts the SMG back in drawer. The removed stock is seen next to the Thompson.
Mishka Yaponchik assembles the Thompson...
...and aims it on captured Pollack.
Pollack manages to capture the gun.
Close view at Thompson in Pollack's hands.
Pollack hunts for Nechyporuk in balneotherapy clinic.
Another closeup of the Thompson.


Mosin Nagant M891/30

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles with bayonets are seen in several scenes, notably on the shooting range, where Pollack (Jerzy Stuhr) shows a real marksmanship, and during the filming of Battleship Polemkin.

Full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR.
A Soviet border guard with M91/30 rifle patrols the pier in Odessa.
Professor Babochkin (Vsevolod Safonov) is a very poor shooter.
A good view of M91/30 rifle.
A good view of M91/30 bayonet. The rifle is in hands of shooting instructor (Nikolay Velichko).
Pollack reloads the rifle.
Pollack fires.
"Russian Army soldiers" with M91/30 rifles during the scene of Battleship Polemkin shooting.

Mosin Nagant "obrez"

A Mosin Nagant "obrez" is the weapon of Nechyporuk's henchman Shpan (Vladimir Nosyrev).

Mosin Nagant "obrez"
Shpan carries an "obrez" on sling.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

A Maxim M1910 is seen in Nechyporuk's hideout.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Deja Vu 1988-Maxim-1.jpg
Nechyporuk (Vladimir Golovin) at his Maxim. The muzzle cap is removed, exposing the probably deactivated barrel.

Other Weapons

Percussion Cap Musket

During the performing of Tosca in Chicago Opera, soldiers, escorting Mario Cavaradossi to the execution, carry percussion cap muskets. The guns are most likely modern non firing replicas, but it's hard to identify the base weapon.

Deja Vu 1988-Flintlock-1.jpg
Muskets are of two different versions: note the difference between the one at the far left and the one in center.
The barrel and lock plating resemble Enfield Pattern 1853 but the lock itself look different, and screen guns lack any kind of rear sights.

Pollack's "Umbrella Gun"

Pollack (Jerzy Stuhr) used the custom gun disguised as an umbrella.

A close view on sound suppressor and sniper scope of the gun during the scene in Chikago Opera.
Pollack disassembles his gun after successfull assassination.
Deja Vu 1988-Pollack weapon-2.jpg
Pollack assembles his weapon in Odessa hotel.
The gun is muzzle-loading but use rifle cartridges that look like 7.92x57mm Mauser.
But it happened so that the barrel was bent and the gun couldn't be used.

Shotgun in Case

In one scene an Armenian family Polakyans erroneously take Pollack for their long-lost relative. In the scene in train Aram Polakyan (Murad Janibekyan), who is chosen to escort drunk Pollack, carries a case for disassembled shotgun and a bandolier with shotgun shells.



In the scene in Chicago a police officer carries a holster for TT-33.
A Nagant M1895 revolver in kirza (Russian type of artificial leather) holster of Soviet pattern.

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