Seven Years in Tibet

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Seven Years in Tibet
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Release Date October 8, 1997
Language English
Distributor TriStar Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Heinrich Harrer Brad Pitt
Peter Aufschnaiter David Thewlis
Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme B.D. Wong
Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, 14 years old Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk
Tsarong Mako

Seven Years in Tibet is a 1997 American movie directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The Austrian climber Heinrich Harrer takes part in a Himalayan expedition in 1939, although his wife is pregnant. At the Nanga Parbat the egomaniac gets together with the expedition leader Peter Aufschnaiter - but their conflict is interrupted. As the Second World War breaks out, the British colonial power brings the brawlers into the internment camp. Only in 1944 they manage to break out. Reluctantly, Harrer and Aufschnaiter clash and flee to nearby Tibet together. There, on the roof of the world, Harrer makes friends with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.

The following weapons were used in the film Seven Years in Tibet:



Webley MK VI

British officers are seen with Webley .455 Mk VI revolvers which they mostly seen carrying in holsters. Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis) also carries one as he is disguised as a British officer.

Webley Mk IV - .455 Webley
British officer brandishes his revolver. This is the only time the revolver can be seen unholstered.
The revolver in Peter Aufschnaiter's holster.

Tokarev TT-33 / Norinco Type 54

A Tibetan monk is forced by Chinese soldiers to shoot his older tutor with a Tokarev TT-33 or Norinco Type 54 pistol.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version. Produced by Tula Arsenal. Note the CCCP printing around the star on the plastic grips.
Type 54 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The monk screams before pulling the trigger.

Submachine Guns

Sten Mk II

Some Sten Mk IIs are used by British-Indian soldiers.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
Two soldiers bringing back Heinrich (Brad Pitt) with their Stens in hand.

PPS-43 / Type 43

The main weapon of the Chinese People's Liberation Army is the PPS-43 or its Chinese version, the Type 43.

Soviet PPS-43 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Chinese Type 43 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. The Type 43 is virtually identical to the Soviet PPS-43 save for markings.
Chinese soldiers advance during the night with their submachine guns.
The PPS being fired.

M3A1 "Grease Gun"

The M3A1 "Grease Gun" is also used by the Chinese.

M3A1 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP. This eliminated the crank lever for cocking the bolt, and instead used a simple hole in the bolt for the shooter to use their finger.
A Chinese soldier fires his "Grease Gun" at fleeing Tibetan civilians.
Two soldiers guarding Ngawang Jigme's (B.D. Wong) building.


Karabiner 98k

At least, one German soldier can briefly seen with a Karabiner 98k at the film's beginning.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The soldier right above the camera.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

British-Indian soldiers are armed with Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles. Tibetan militia forces use these rifles as well.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British.
British-Indian soldiers carry the SMLE.
Tibetan hold their SMLEs.

Mauser M1895 Carbine

Among the Tibetan militia forces, a member holds a Mauser carbine that appears to be a M1895 Chilean Mauser carbine.

Chilean Mauser 1895 Carbine - 7x57mm Mauser.
Second from right.

Matchlock Musket

A militiaman is seen firing a Matchlock Musket during the night battle.

Tibetan 19th century matchlock musket, bipods equipped.
The militiaman desperately fires his musket.

Mauser M1895

Some Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers can be seen with what appears to be Chilean 1895 Mauser rifles standing for the Chinese M1907 Mauser.

Mauser 1895 Rifle - 7x57mm Mauser
The barrel can be seen.
Full view of the Mauser.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

At least, some Full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles are used by Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers.

Full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
Chinese soldier holds his rifle in a Tibetan temple.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine

In the end, some Chinese soldiers are seen with Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine with unfolded bayonets.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine, with attached side-folding bayonet - 7.62x54mm R
Heinrich passing Chinese soldiers armed with the carbine.
The same soldiers hold their carbine at the ready.

Mauser Rifles

Some unknown Mauser rifles can be seen used by Tibetan militiamen and Chinese soldiers.

Militiamen with their long Mausers over their back.
Chinese soldiers aim at Tibetan Monks. These rifles have tangent-leaf rear sight and upper muzzle bands.

Machine Guns

Bren Mk 1

A Bren Mark 1 is briefly seen at the arrival at a POW camp in Dehradun.

Bren Mark 1 Light Machine Gun - .303 British
Indian soldier mans the Bren in the tower.


An early variant of the Madsen machine gun is briefly examined by Tibetans.

Portuguese Madsen machine gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Note the butt stock.

Degtyaryov DP-27/28

The Degtyaryov DP-28 is used by a Tibetan militiaman.

Degtyarov DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mmR
The excited member tries to shoot his machine gun.

Browning M2HB

Two Chinese Jeeps are armed with Browning M2HB heavy machine guns.

Browning M2HB .50 BMG in-vehicle mounting
A Jeep behind Harrer with the M2HB.
The two Jeeps.


M1 Mortar

Chinese soldiers are equipped with M1 Mortars.

M1 Mortar - 81mm


A Chinese soldier is briefly seen with a flamethrower to burn Tibetan huts.


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