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The Assassination of Trotsky

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The Assassination of Trotsky
The Assassination of Trotsky DVD.jpg
Theatrical Poster
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 (Richard Burton) table in the scene of the murder.

Austrian Rast Gasser 1898 - 8 x 27mm Gasser
Trotsky puts the revolver on table.
The revolver on the table.
The revolver is seen from another side.
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A closer view of the revolver.

Webley .38 Mk IV

Lou (Jack Betts, credited as Hunt Powers), the head of Trotsky's bodyguards, carries a revolver in holster. Judging by the shape of the grip with lanyard ring and by the holster, Webley .38 Mk IV seems to be a decent guess. Webley-style revolvers are also seen in hands of Trotsky's bodyguard Jim (Michael Forest) and of a Mexican police detective.

Webley Mk IV - .38 S&W
A plainclothes detective holds a Webley-style revolver.
Lou carries a revolver in holster.
The grip of Lou's revolver is seen.
Jim runs to wounded Trotsky, holding a revolver in hand.
Jim's revolver is seen when he and another bodyguard capture Frank Jackson. Trotsky's Rast-Gasser 1898 is seen on the table.

Colt Detective Special

A Colt-style compact revolver, supposedly a Colt Detective Special, is seen in hands of Trotsky's bodyguard Sam (Joshua Sinclair). A Mexican police detective holds a same looking revolver.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen with Square Butt - .38 Special
Sam runs with a snub nose revolver in hand.
Sam carries his revolver in holster.
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A Mexican police detective holds a snub nose revolver. The shape of the frame matches Colt DS. A uniformed officer next to him holds what appears to be an M1911.
Sam and other bodyguards drag severly beaten Frank Jackson. The wide grip of Sam's holstered revolver matches Colt revolver, and the round logo is just in place.


Browning Hi-Power

What appears to be a Browning Hi-Power is briefly seen in hands and holster of Ruiz (Luigi Vannucchi) (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.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian manufacture) - 9x19mm. Such post-war version doesn't fit for 1940 but the screen pistol is definitly not a correct pre-war P-35.
Ruiz, disguised as a police officer, carries a pistol in holster.
Ruiz holds his pistol. A step on the front part of the slide, typical for Hi-Power, can be seen.
The shape of the grip also matches Hi-Power.
The grip of Ruiz' holstered pistol is seen when he fires a Thompson. The heel also matches Hi-Power.

FÉG Tokagypt 58 Firebird

Gita Samuels finds a FÉG Tokagypt 58 (most likely a commercial version, known as Firebird) in Jackson's suitcase.

FÉG Tokagypt 58 - 9x19mm Parabellum.
Gita finds Jackson's pistol. The shadow reveals additional round lanyard ring. Black grips match Firebird commercial version of Tokagypt.

M1911-style pistol

Frank Jackson (Alain Delon) carries an M1911-style pistol in the climactic scene.

For comparison: Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP
The Assassination of Trotsky-1911-3.jpg
Jackson tries to draw his pistol during the assassination.
But he is captured by bodyguards.

Various pistols

Some Trotsky's bodyguards and police personnel carry pistols that aren't seen clear enough for identification.

Bodyguard Sheldon Harte (Carlos Miranda) carries a pistol in holster. A small part of the grip is seen.
Another view of Sheldon's holster.
A police officer convoys an arrestee. The pistol has rounded hammer spur.
A police officer at the right holds a pistol.
A police officer holds a pistol that can be an FN Model 1903 or an M1911; both appear in the movie in other scenes.

Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

Ruiz (Luigi Vannucchi) and several of his men use M1928A1 Thompson SMGs during the attack on Trotsky's house. Lou (Jack Betts), the head of Trotsky's bodyguards, also carries a Thompson.

M1928A1 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
One of Ruiz' men in center holds a Thompson.
Ruiz fires during the attack on Trotsky's house.
A view from the muzzle. The SMG lacks Cutts compensator.
Lou takes a Thompson during the attack on the house. His revolver holster is also seen.
The barrel of Lou's Thompson is seen.
Lou on rooftop.


M43 Spanish Mauser

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

Spanish Mauser M43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Ruiz' men take rifles.
A rifle in a basket with police uniform.
Fake policemen carry rifles.
An auxiliary bayonet lug, a typical feature of M43 Mauser, can be seen at the left.
A rifle is seen in night scene.
A Mexican police officer aims his rifle at a suspect.

Sporter rifle

In one scene Lou (Jack Betts) holds a sporter or hunting rifle.

The barrel is seen.
Lou with his rifle on rooftop.

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