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Big Game (Bolshaya igra)

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Big Game (Bolshaya igra)
BG 1988 DVD Cover.jpg
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
BUL-com.jpg Bulgaria
Directed by Semyon Aranovich
Release Date 1988
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Boyana Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Dmitriy Y. Stepanov Vladimir Gostyukhin
Marie Krovs Elina Kalinova
Miguel Sanchez Veselin Rankov
Michael Welch Naum Shopov
CIA Director Sergei Desnitsky
Marture Ramirez Petar Slabakov
Georgiy Iordanov Stefan Danailov
Solomon Shore Aleksandr Kalyagin
Brenner Oleg Basilashvili

Big Game (Bolshaya igra; Russian: Большая игра, Bulgarian: Golyamata igra, Голямата игра) is a 1988 Soviet-Bulgarian political thriller, based on the novel Press Center by Yulian Semyonov.

During a military coup in an unnamed Latin American country, millionaire Grazio, the financer of a united energy system project in the country, is murdered while a Bulgarian journalist is seriously wounded. Soviet writer and international journalist Dmitriy Stepanov launches an investigation into the connection between these two events...

The following weapons were used in the film Big Game (Bolshaya igra):



The conspirators who kidnap Grazio are armed with M1911A1 pistols.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP
A conspirator with a Colt M1911A1.
A conspirator holds a suppressed Colt M1911A1.

Submachine Guns

Hotchkiss "Type Universal"

During the attempted murder of Miguel Sanchez, one of the conspirators' hitmen uses a Hotchkiss "Type Universal" submachine gun.

Hotchkiss "Type Universal" - 9x19mm
The killer fires a Hotchkiss SMG during the attack.


During the attempted murder of Miguel Sanchez (E01), one of the conspirators' killers uses an Uzi submachine gun. Uzi also uses one of the killers during the second (and successful) attempt (E06).

IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed - 9x19mm
A killer fires an Uzi during the attack.
The same character with an Uzi.
A Hitman shoots an Uzi during the second attempted murder.

Sa 26

During the attempted murder of Miguel Sanchez, Sanchez's bodyguards use Sa 26 submachine guns. Sa 26 SMGs are also used by the majority of the soldiers during the military coup.

Sa 26 - 7.62x25mm
Military police officers with Sa 26s.
Soldiers with Sa 26s.

Heckler & Koch MP5K

During the second attempt on Miguel Sanchez's life (E06), one of the conspirators' hitmen (Vladimir Bratanov) uses an MP5K submachine gun.

Heckler & Koch MP5K - version with SEF Plastic Trigger Pack - 9x19mm. This is a very well worn motion picture weapon.
A close-up look at the H&K MP5K
The assassin flees with MP5K in hand.

Sterling SMG

One of the conspirators' hired killers uses a Sterling submachine gun.

Sterling Mk. IV Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
The killer with a Sterling SMG during training.
The killer aims the Sterling before the attack. This scene is a little blurry, but the weapon can be easily identified.


ArmaLite AR-10

During the attempted murder of Miguel Sanchez, one of the killers uses an ArmaLite AR-10 battle rifle. AR-10 rifles also later are used by some soldiers during the military coup. Most of them, if not all, seem to be the "Guatemalan" model (one of the rarest serial versions; only about 500 were made).

ArmaLite AR-10, "Guatemalan" model - 7.62x51mm NATO
A hired killer fires an AR-10 during the attack.
BG AR10 2.jpg
The same character with the AR-10.
A soldier with an AR-10 rifle during the military coup.
Soldiers chase away journalists during the military coup.

Gewehr 43

During the military coup (E06), one of the soldiers is seen with a Gewehr 43 rifle.

Gewehr 43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier holds a Gewehr 43.


L1A1 rifles are used by some soldiers during the military coup.

L1A1 SLR with wood furniture - 7.62x51mm NATO. Although this model features wood furniture, it has the contoured black fiberglass carry handle which identifies this as a later model L1A1 which has been fitted with after-market furniture.
A soldier carries an L1A1 on his back.
The rifle's barrel seen in the middle.

Machine Guns


During the military coup, one of the soldiers uses a ZB-39 LMG.

ZB 39 Light Machine Gun - 8x56 mm R
BG AR10 4.jpg


What appears to be a PKM machine gun is mounted on a replica of the FMC M113 APC.

PKM with latest version of Flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
The FMC M113 APC replica, as it appears during the military coup.


M9 "Bazooka"

During the military coup, one of the soldiers uses a rocket launcher that appears to be an M9 "Bazooka".

M9 "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch
A soldier runs with the rocket launcher.

Other Weapons

"Spy Rifle"

The weapon, used by a killer (E06), is a non-firing movie prop that was specially made for the 1986 film Interception (Perekhvat). It uses parts of various real guns (some of which were taken from a Heckler & Koch G3). Later this movie prop was used in several other Soviet/Russian movies.

The "Spy Rifle" with sniper scope and sound suppressor. This photo is from the Russian magazine "MasterRujyo" (Master Gun), 2004, N 5.
The "Spy Rifle".
A view from another angle.

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