Stalker (1979)

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Original Cinema Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
Release Date 1979
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Stalker Alexander Kaidanovsky
Writer Anatoly Solonitsyn
Professor Nikolai Grinko
Stalker's Wife Alisa Freyndlikh
Martha, Stalker's daughter Natalya Abramova
Writer's Chatter Faime Jurno
Lyuger E.Kostin
Guard Patrolman Raymo Rendi

"Stalker" is a Russian Language movie by Andrei Tarkovsky. The movie is loosely based on Roadside Picnic, a 1972 novel by Russian science fiction authors Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, who also wrote the screenplay. Despite being filmed entirely in Estonia (a USSR Republic at the time) the film was released internationally under the English Title "Stalker". The film takes place in "The Zone", an area with no specific time or location. The film is very peaceful, and instead uses firearms as symbols rather than for action scenes. This film was a partial inspiration for the 2007 Videogame S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, and many of its elements were incorporated into the game.

The following weapons were used in the film Stalker (1979):



Femaru 37M

One of the scenes features Writer (Anatoly Solonitsyn) taking out a WW2-era Hungarian Femaru 37M before opening a closed door. He is asked to leave it, as "Zone" is not a good place to go around waving weapons. Moments later we see Stalker (Alexander Kaidanovsky) pushing the pistol further into the water, out of the sight.

Femaru 37M - 9 x 17mm Browning Short
Writer (Anatoly Solonitsyn) takes out his pistol
Femaru 37M just before being pushed into the water. Note the characteristic spur at magazine bottom.
Last moments of the gun. Slide features can be seen in this shot.

Submachine Guns

Thompson M1928A1

In the dream sequence we can see a Thompson Submachine Gun submerged in water. It is difficult to discern the exact model, but it is most likely a M1928A1 Thompson. The Soviet Union received a number of M1928A1s during WWII as part of lend-lease program. They were included as standard equipment in M3 light tanks, but never used because .45 ACP ammunition was not standard in Russia at the time. After the war many of these were converted to prop weapons using 7,62x25mm cartridges. Another Thompson is seen being fired by one of the guards at the Zone checkpoint.

M1928A1 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
M1928A1 Thompson, converted for using MP40 magazines fitted for 7.62x25 blank cartridges
Thompson - top section. You can see cooling fins introduced in M1928A1 and bolt handle on top of the receiver.
Middle of the gun. You can see the adapter for the 7,62 pistol round, as used in many other Russian films like "Pirates of the XXth Century"
Pistol grip section.
A guard with a Thompson.


Unidentified rifle

When three movie protagonists illegally enter the Zone through a checkpoint, the guards start shooting at them. A Thompson (see above) and another unidentified rifle/machine gun on a bipod are used by guards. Unfortunately there is no other take and this weapon probably cannot be identified.

Unidentified firearm on a bipod.

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