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At Home Among Strangers, Stranger at Home (Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh)

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At Home Among Strangers, Stranger at Home
(Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh)
At Home Among Strangers Poster 1974.jpg
Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov
Release Date 1974
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Egor Petrovich Shilov Yuri Bogatyryov
Vasiliy Antonovich Saryichev Anatoly Solonitsyn
Andrey Timofeevich Zabelin Sergey Shakurov
Nikolaj Kungurov Aleksandr Porokhovshchikov
Yesaul Aleksandr Brylov Nikita Mikhalkov
Rotmistr Lemke Aleksandr Kaidanovsky
Kayum Konstantin Raykin
Nikodimov Nikolay Zasukhin
Vanyukin Aleksandr Kalyagin

At Home Among Strangers, Stranger at Home (Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh) is a 1974 Soviet action film directed by Nikita Mikhalkov. The plot is set in early 1920s, shortly after the Russian Civil War is over. Egor Shilov (Yuri Bogatyryov) is assigned a mission to protect a shipment of gold that is sent by train. But he is kidnapped and drugged. When the train is attacked and the gold is stolen, Shilov is suspected of treachery. Even his former comrades-in-arms don't trust him, so Shilov becomes "a stranger at home". In order to prove his innocence and return the gold, he has to become "at home among strangers".

Note 1: there are several English release titles of the film: At Home Among Strangers, Stranger at Home, Friend Among Strangers, Stranger Among Friends, At Home Among Strangers, a Stranger Among His Own.

Note 2: the film is partially shot in color and partially in B&W.

The following weapons were used in the film At Home Among Strangers, Stranger at Home (Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are widely used in the movie. They are used by Egor Shilov (Yuri Bogatyryov), the head of local Cheka Nikolaj Kungurov (Aleksandr Porokhovshchikov), the commander of Red cavalry squadron Andrey Zabelin (Sergey Shakurov) (his Nagant is seen only in holster), Chekists Stepan Lipyagin (Nikolai Pastukhov), Nikodimov (Nikolay Zasukhin), Alyoshin (Mikhail Kislov), and several unnamed ones, the robbers - former White Army officers Lemke (Aleksandr Kaidanovsky), Belenkiy (Vitaliy Komissarov) and unnamed ones (Aleksandr Yakovlev, Mikhail Chigaryov, and Stanislav Frolov), and several of Brylov's bandits. Both pre- and post-1930 Nagants are seen.

Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38R Nagant. The rounded front sight is a sign of revolvers produced from 1890s until 1930.
Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant. Note the angular front sight which was used from 1930s.
One of the robbers, a Shtabs-Captain (Aleksandr Yakovlev) holds his Nagant during the attack on the train.
One of the robbers, Belenkiy (Vitaliy Komissarov) holds his Nagant during the attack on the train.
A close-up of Lemke's Nagant. This is a post-1930 version.
A Nagant in hand of a killed Chekist (Gennadi Krasheninnikov).
One of Brylov's men reaches a Nagant in the pocket of his overcoat.
Shilov holds a Nagant that he took from Chekist Alyoshin (Mikhail Kislov). This is a pre-1930 revolver that switches to a post-1930 Nagant in the following scene.
Shilov fires at Brylov.
Close-ups of Shilov's Nagant in the same scene.
Kungurov fires his revolver at the real traitor.

Steyr 1912

The bandits chieftan Brylov (Nikita Mikhalkov) carries a nickel plated Steyr 1912. This bright gun can be seen in a number of Mosfilm productions of 1970s.

Steyr Hahn Model 1912 (1913 mfg) - 9x23mm
Brylov draws his nickel plated Steyr.


Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

A number of Brylov's bandits, notably Kayum (Konstantin Raykin), are armed with Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines. The hooded front sights are removed to make the carbines look more similar to early Mosin Nagant rifles.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A bandit hits a passenger of the train with the buttstock of his carbine.
One of the bandits carries an M38 Carbine on sling.
A bearded bandit in center carries an M38 Carbine. The front sight lacks the hood.
Kayum holds his carbine. In the same scene Shilov briefly holds Kayum's carbine.
Kayum holds his carbine during the shootout with Brylov. The front sight lacks the hood.
Kayum carries the carbine on sling.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon

Red Army men and several bandits are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon rifles.

Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 Dragoon - 7.62x54mm R
A Red Army man holds an M1891 Dragoon rifle with bayonet.
Zabelin's cavalrymen carry M91 Dragoon rifles.

Winchester Model 1895

Winchester Model 1895 rifles are seen in hands of several of Brylov's men. Most likely these are Russian contract Model 1895 rifles in 7.62x54R caliber.

A Russian contract Model 1895 in 7.62x54R Russian. Note the loading bridge over the receiver.
A Winchester M1895 is seen when the bandits rob the train.
Bandits in center and at the right hold Winchester M1895 rifles.
A bandit at the background carries a Winchester M1895.

Machine Guns

Degtyaryov DT (visually modified as Lewis machine gun)

Brylov (Nikita Mikhalkov) uses a Degtyaryov DT visually modified to resemble a Lewis. Several parts of real Lewis gun are used, including the buttstock, the barrel shroud with finned heat sink, and the recoil spring semicircular housing.

DT machine gun with bipod - 7.62x54mm R
Lewis Gun - .303 British
A close-up on the DT magazine.
A close-up of the barrel.
Brylov holds the machine gun.
A close-up of the buttstock.
The machine gun is seen from below.
Brylov fires the machine gun.
The machine gun is seen very good on a promotional image.

Maxim M1910 or M1910/30

A Maxim machine gun is mounted on tachanka horse cart of Zabelin's cavalry squadron. It may be an M1910 or an M1910/30.

Maxim M1910/30 - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim on tachanka is seen in distance. It may be an M1910 or an M1910/30.

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