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And Quiet Flows the Don (Tikhiy Don) (2006)

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And Quiet Flows the Don
(Tikhiy Don)
Tikhiy Don 2006 Poster.jpg
Russian Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
RUS.jpg Russia
ITA.jpg Italy
Language English
Creator Sergey Bondarchuk
Fyodor Bondarchuk
Broadcast 2006
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 7
Main Cast
Character Actor
Grigoriy Melekhov Rupert Everett
Aksiniya Astakhova Delphine Forest
Pantelei Prokofyevich Melekhov F. Murray Abraham
Natalya Melekhova Alyona Bondarchuk
Pyotr Melekhov Vladimir Gostyukhin
Darya Melekhova Natalya Andreychenko
Vasilisa Ilyinichna Irina Skobtseva
Mikhail Koshevoy Mikhail Vaskov
Stepan Astakhov Boris Shcherbakov

And Quiet Flows the Don (Tikhiy Don) is a co-production British-Russian-Italian drama mini-series, a screen adaptation of the famous novel by Mikhail Sholokhov. It depict the fate of a Don Cossack family during the World War One, Russian revolution and civil war. The series was directed by Sergey Bondarchuk and filmed in 1990-1992 but due to the bankruptcy of the Italian film studio, the unfinished film and all working materials were confiscated by the lending bank. Only in 2005 the materials were purchased back, and the series, finished by Sergey Bondarchuk's son Fyodor Bondarchuk, was at last released in 2006.

The TV series is the third screen adaptation of Sholokhov's novel, following the 1930 B&W movie and the 1957-1958 three-part movie directed by Sergey Gerasimov, and preceeding the 2015 TV series directed by Sergey Ursulyak.

The following weapons were used in the film And Quiet Flows the Don (Tikhiy Don):


Nagant M1895

Grigoriy Melekhov (Rupert Everett), Mikhail Koshevoy (Mikhail Vaskov), a White Army Gen. Sidorin (Nikolay Zasukhin) and an unnamed officer carry Nagant M1895 revolvers during the scenes of the Russian Civil War. Nagants are also briefly seen in the scenes of the WWI. All Nagants are of post-1930 version.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
A Hungarian Hussar holds a Nagant (a correct revolver would be a Rast-Gasser 1898).
Another view of the Hussar's revolver.
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Red Cossack Mikhail Koshevoy kills White Cossack Pyotr Melekhov.
A White officer in charge of the convoy of Red POWs draws his revolver. Note that the extractor rod together with its housing is rotated to side.
Gen. Sidorin carries a Nagant in holster.
Grigoriy cleans his Nagant.
Grigoriy carries the Nagant in holster.
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Mikhail Koshevoy holds a Nagant.


Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon and M1891/30

A mix of Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon and Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles are used by the Austro-Hungarian soldiers during the WWI and by Reds and Whites during the Russian Civil War.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
Soviet Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
An Austro-Hungarian artilleryman carries a Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon rifle.
The Red Guards carry M1891 Dragoon rifles and a Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine (in center).
The Whites firing squad execute Red POWs.
Mikhail Koshevoy (Mikhail Vaskov) holds an M1891 Dragoon rifle in the scene in the Revolutionary Committee building.
Red Guards with M1891 Dragoon rifles. One of them has a bayonet attached backwards.
A White Cossack at the right carries an M1891 Dragoon rifle.
A Red sailor, killed by Grigoriy Mekekhov, drops his rifle. The bolt is open, the rear sight indicates the 1910 version of the rifle.
The Commissar Osip Shtokman (uncredited) holds an M1891/30 rifle. The hooded front sight is seen.
A close view of the barrel and bayonet of the rifle of a Red Army man.
A number of M1891 Dragoon and M1891/30 rifles in the gun rack in the Whites headquarters.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifles are seen in the scene in the Revolutionary Committee building.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry - 7.62x54mm R
A Red Guard carries an M1891 Infantry rifle.
Another view of the same scene. Most rifles at the right wall are also Infantry model.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines are also used by Reds and Whites, notably by Grigoriy Melekhov (Rupert Everett), Pyotr Melekhov (Vladimir Gostyukhin), Darya Melekhova (Natalya Andreychenko), Pantelei Melekhov (F. Murray Abraham), Prokhor Zykov (Aleksandr Bespalyy, credited as Alexander Bespalis), Mikhail Koshevoy (Mikhail Vaskov), and Yesaul (Capt.) Ryabchikov (Anatoliy Guryev). The hooded front sights are removed from some carbines to make them look more like WWI era rifles.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Grigoriy Melekhov and other Cossacks carry M38 Carbines in the scene of WWI. Most carbines lack the hooded front sight.
A Red Guard in center carries an M38 Carbine, without the hooded front sight.
Pyotr Melekhov holds an M38 Carbine, without the front sight.
In the next scene Pyotr's carbine has the front sight on place.
Cossacks of Pyotr Melekhov's unit with M38 Carbines.
Prokhor Zykov carries an M38 Carbine.
A Red Army man fires at Commissar Osip Shtokman.
A Red Army man holds an M38 Carbine.
Darya takes a carbine from a Cossack.
Darya fires at Ivan Kotlyarov.
Mikhail Koshevoy carries an M38 Carbine.
A close view of the barrel of Koshevoy's carbine.

Enfield Pattern 14

Austro-Hungarian (Hungarian Honved, judging by the headgears) soldiers are mostly armed with Enfield Pattern 14 rifles, instead of correct Mannlicher M1895s.

Pattern M1914 (P 14) Enfield - .303 UK
Hungarian soldiers with Enfield P14 rifles and visually modified PK machine guns.
A soldier aims.
Soldiers in trench repel the Cossacks cavalry attack.
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Soldiers reload their rifles.


Two antique muskets are seen on the wall in Gen. Lisnitskiy's house. They may be non-firing decorative "wall-hangers".

An engraved matchlock (?) musket is seen at the right.
Another view of the same gun.
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A relatively short gun with Jezail style buttstock is seen on the wall.


Single Barreled Shotgun

Young Grigoriy Melekhov (Rupert Everett) holds a Single Barreled Shotgun when he meets Stepan Astakhov in pre-war scene. This is most likely one of the Izhmekh models, like IZh-17 or IZh-18.

For comparison: Izhmekh IZh-17 - 16 Gauge
For comparison: Izhmekh IZh-18EM-M - 12 gauge
Grigoriy holds the shotgun. His hand covers the hammer, so it's impossible to say if this is a gun with exposed hammer or a hammerless one.
Another view of the same scene.

Double Barreled Shotgun

A Double Barreled Shotgun is seen on the wall in Gen. Lisnitskiy's house.

A double barreled shotgun is seen at the left.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

Maxim M1910 machine guns are used by Russian Army in the WWI, and by Red and White troops in the Russian Civil War.

Maxim M1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim on Russian positions in Spring 1917.
A Maxim in the Revolutionary Committee building.
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Maxim machine guns are mounted on tachanka horse carts of the Red sailors.
A Maxim in the headquarters of the White Cossacks.
Two Maxims of the White Cossacks. Pantelei Melekhov (F. Murray Abraham) (at the left) holds a Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine and carries an F-1 hand grenade on his belt.
Retreating Red troops with a Maxim.

PK (visually modified to resemble MG34)

The machine guns, used by Austro-Hungarian troops, are PKs, visually modified to resemble MG34. Of course, neither MG34 nor PK is appropriate for the WWI era. With a certain degree of convention it may be a stand-in for Bergmann MG 15nA.

MG34 (top) and PK modified to resemble an MG34 (bottom).
The machine guns on the positions.
A close-up of the firing machine gun.
The belt with blank cartidges is seen.
The receiver of the machine gun.
The visually modified PK is seen in the trench during the Cossacks cavalry attack.

Other Weapons

F-1 Hand Grenade

Pantelei Melekhov (F. Murray Abraham) and Mikhail Koshevoy (Mikhail Vaskov) carry F-1 hand grenades in various scenes. These grenades may by a stand-in for French F1 or British Mills Bomb, both commonly used during the Russian Civil War.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Pantelei Melekhov (at the left) carries an F-1 grenade on his belt.
Koshevoy's weapons: Nagant M1895 revolver, Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine and a pair of F-1 grenades.


76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902

The 76.2 mm divisional gun model 1902 are used by Austro-Hungarian troops and by the Red Army.

Russian M1902 Field Gun - 76.2x385mm R
An Austro-Hungarian cannon.
The cannon fires. When firing, the guns show correct recoil (though it isn't seen on this screenshot).
A close view of the breech.
Two 3-inch guns of the Red troops. They slightly differ from each other, possibly of different modifications.
A close-up of the barrel of one of the Red guns. It has an uncommon shape of the front of the recoil device.
Another Red gun. It has a standard recoil device.

Armoured Car (mockup)

A mockup of a destroyed armored car is seen in one scene.

A destroyed armored car of Red troops. It is armed with a Maxim M1910 machine gun in the turret.


Documentary footage of the Great War is used in the series.

Lebel Mle 1886

Lebel Model 1886 - 8x50mmR Lebel
French soldiers with Lebel Mle 1886 rifles.

Unknown Mauser (?)

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German soldiers (identified by typical Pickelhaube spiked helmets) with Mauser rifles. The rifles have Gewehr 1898-stye pistol-gripped stocks and protruding magazines which is an unknown combination.

Mosin Nagant M1891

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry - 7.62x54mm R
Russian soldiers with Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles.


A heavy field gun, possibly 155 mm, of the French Army.
A heavy mortar of unknown model.

English Release DVD Cover

The DVD release title is Quiet Flows the Don.

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