Assassination of Trotsky, The

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The Assassination of Trotsky
The Assassination of Trotsky DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country UKD.jpg UK
ITA.jpg Italy
FRA.jpg France
Directed by Joseph Losey
Release Date 1972
Language English
Studio Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica
Main Cast
Character Actor
Leon Trotsky Richard Burton
Frank Jackson Alain Delon
Gita Samuels Romy Schneider
Natalia Sedowa Valentina Cortese
Ruiz Luigi Vannucchi
Alfred Rosmer Jean Desailly
Salazar Enrico Maria Salerno

The Assassination of Trotsky is a 1972 British-Italian-French biopic directed by Joseph Losey and depicting the last year of the life of Leon Trotsky and his assassination by Ramón Mercader (Frank Jackson in the movie) in August 1940.

The following weapons were used in the film The Assassination of Trotsky:



Rast-Gasser 1898

A Rast-Gasser 1898 revolver is seen on Trotsky's table in the scene of the murder.

Austrian Rast Gasser 1898 - 8 x 27mm Gasser
The revolver on the table.
Trotsky (Richard Burton) puts his hand on the gun.

Various revolvers

A Mexican police detective holds a snub nose revolver. A uniformed officer next to him holds what appears to be an M1911.
Another police detective holds a large frame revolver.
A guard runs to wounded Trotsky, holding a revolver in hand.

M1911-style pistol

An M1911-style pistol is briefly seen in hands of Salazar (Enrico Maria Salerno) (this character is a substitution of real person of David Alfaro Siqueiros, a Mexican painter) when he, disguised as a Mexican police officer, leads his men to attack Trotsky's house. Frank Jackson (Alain Delon) also uses a 1911 in the climactic scene.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP
Salazar, disguised as a police officer, holds a 1911.
Jackson tries to draw his pistol during the assassination.


Gita Samuels finds a TT-33 in Jackson's suitcase.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Gita finds Jackson's pistol.

Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

Salazar and several of his men use M1928A1 Thompson SMGs during the attack on Trotsky's house. Trotsky's bodyguards, including Jim (Michael Forest) and Sam (Joshua Sinclair), also carry Thompsons.

M1928A1 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
Salazar's man in center holds a Thompson.
Salazar fires during the attack on Trotsky's house.
A view from the muzzle. The SMG lacks Cutts compensator.
A bodyguard holds a Thompson. He is also armed with a revolver or pistol in holster.


M43 Spanish Mauser

Most of Salazar's men, disguised as Mexican police, carry M43 Spanish Mauser, standing for correct M1936 Mexican Mausers.

Spanish Mauser M43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Salazar's men take rifles.
A rifle in a basket with police uniform.
An auxiliary bayonet lug, a typical feature of M43 Mauser, can be seen at the left.

Sporter rifle

In one scene a sporter or hunting rifle is seen in hands of Trotsky's bodyguard.

The Assassination of Trotsky-Rifle-1.jpg

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