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The Hijacking of Savoy (Pokhishchenie Savoi)

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The Hijacking of Savoy
(Pokhishchenie Savoi)
Pokhishchenie Savoi-Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
POL.jpg Poland
Directed by Venyamin Dorman
Release Date 1979
Language Russian
Studio Maksim Gorki Studio
Boyana Film
Zespol Filmowy
Main Cast
Character Actor
Tanya Sokolova Dariya Mikhaylova
Janek Borowski Wlodzimierz Golacinski
Jean Challot Leonid Bronevoy
Prof. Stanislaw Werzanski Antoni Jurasz
Gido 'Swede' Torstensen Aleksandr Mikhajlov
Valentina Sokolova Olga Ostroumova
Borde Luchezar Stoyanov
Magnus Mikhail Zhigalov
Heinrich Scharf Mikhail Gluzsky
Max Abendrot Algimantas Masiulis

The Hijacking of Savoy (Pokhishchenie Savoi) (Russian Title: Похищение Савойи) is a 1979 co-production Soviet-Polish-Bulgarian adventure movie directed by Venyamin Dorman and based on a novel Flight 627 (Polish Title: Lot 627) by Andrzej Szczypiorski. The film tells about the adventures of the Polish schoolboy Janek and his Russian fellow traveler girl Tanya. The airplane on which they were traveling in Brazil was captured by a gang of drug dealers. This gang led by former Nazi criminals who use the income of drugs trade to support Neo-Nazi organisations in Europe.

The following weapons were used in the film The Hijacking of Savoy (Pokhishchenie Savoi):



M1911A1 pistols are used by several of Scharf's henchmen, notably Borde (Luchezar Stoyanov), Magnus (Mikhail Zhigalov) and Jocker (Nartai Begalin). In the scene in the Paris airport, a French police inspector holds a nickel plated M1911A1 pistol.

World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
The grip of Borde's M1911A1 in the scene in Paris airport.
Borde takes Tanya as hostage and aims his M1911A1 at police.
A bright nickel plated M1911A1 is held by a police inspector at the left.
During the hijacking of the plane Magnus aims his M1911A1 at the first pilot of 'Savoi' (Georgiy Martirosyan).
A good view of Magnus' pistol.
Jocker fires at a man who tried to run away from the plantation.

Luger P08

Luger P08 pistols are widely used by Scharf's henchmen, notably Gido Torstensen (Aleksandr Mikhajlov), Scharf's second-in-command Max Abendrot (Algimantas Masiulis), Roggers (Olev Eskola) and Jocker (Nartai Begalin). Lugers, captured from bandits, are seen in hands of Jean Challot (Leonid Bronevoy) and Janek Borowski (Wlodzimierz Golacinski) during the escape from Scharf's plantation. Some of the pistols, used point-blank at actors, are deactivated by blocking of the barrels.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
The pilot of the drug trafficer plane fires at Brazilian police in the opening scene.
A Brazilian police officer holds a Luger in the same scene.
Police informer Jose Ramiro (Shavkat Gaziev) holds the pistol of the killed drug trafficer.
Gido holds the Luger during the hijacking of the plane.
Gido holds a Luger, captured from Jocker.
Roggers carries a Luger tucked into his belt.
Jean Challot holds Heinrich Scharf (Mikhail Gluzsky) at gunpoint. The barrel of the pistol is blocked.
Max Abendrot takes a Luger from Roggers and aims it. Note the obviously blocked barrel.
A close view of the blocked barrel of the Luger.
Another view of the Luger in hands of Challot.

Browning Hi-Power

Scharf's aide Velt (Aleksandr Vokach) carries a Browning Hi-Power pistol.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian manufacture) - 9x19mm
Velt (at the left) carries a Hi-Power tucked into his belt. The grip is seen.
Velt draws his pistol at the background.
The pistol is seen at the left.

Submachine Guns

Sten Mk II

Jocker (Nartai Begalin) and several other Scharf's henchmen use Sten Mk II submachine guns. In the final scene the crewmembers of the rescue helicopter also use Stens.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
A drug trafficer fires the Sten Mk II at Brazilian police in the opening scene.
Another view of the same scene.
Two henchmen hold Stens at the background.
A henchman fires a Sten during the night attack.
A helicopter crewmember returns fire.

M1928A1 Thompson

M1928A1 Thompson SMGs are also used by Scharf's men and Brazilian police. During the escape Gido takes a Thompson from a car and hands it to Prof. Stanislaw Werzanski (Antoni Jurasz). In the final scene Heinrich Scharf (Mikhail Gluzsky) takes a Thompson from one of his henchmen. All Thompsons, seen in the movie, are converted for using MP40 magazines fitted for 7.62x25 blank cartridges.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
M1928A1 Thompson, converted for using MP40 magazines fitted for 7.62x25 blank cartridges
A Thompson is seen at the background in the scene on Scharf's plantation.
Gido Torstensen takes an M1928A1 Thompson from a car and gives it to Werzanski. The magazine of MP40 is seen.
The buttstock and pistol grip of Werzanski's Thompson are seen.
Professor aims the Thompson at Scharf.
Professor readies his gun.
A henchman at the left holds a Thompson.
Scharf is blinded with a searchlight...
...and gunned down by Challot.

Rifles and Assault Rifles

Sturmgewehr 44

Scharf's henchmen also use Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles. During the escape, Gido Torstensen (Aleksandr Mikhajlov) takes a Sturmgewehr from disarmed "Red-bearded" (Anatoliy Serenko) and uses this gun in several shootouts.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm
"Red-bearded" carries an StG 44.
Tanya takes the gun, carelessly left by "Red-bearded".
Gido with "Red-bearded"'s StG 44.
A henchman fires his Sturmgewehr 44 after the escaping group of the main characters. Another henchmen at the left fires a Sten Mk II.
Gido Torstensen with a Sturmgewehr 44 and Prof. Stanislaw Werzanski (Antoni Jurasz) with M1928A1 Thompson.
A close-up of Gido firing the Sturmgewehr.
Gido fires at bandits, covering the retreat of other members of the group.
Jean Challot (Leonid Bronevoy) grabs the StG 44 of slain Gido.

Sturmgewehr 44 (Mocked-Up as AR-15)

Several Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles, modified to resemble the AR-15, are used by Scharf's henchmen. Jean Challot (Leonid Bronevoy) fires a captured gun in several scenes. This is one of the first appearances of these rifles; for unknown reasons, they do not display the production M16s, but the early AR-15s, including a workable upper cocking handle ([1]).

Sturmgewehr 44, modified to resemble early AR-15 - 7.62x39 blank
During the escape, Jean Challot fires at a pursuing car. He takes the standard Sturmgewehr from Gido, but due to a continuity error the gun switches to a fake AR-15 and then back to a Sturmgewehr.
A man at the background left holds a fake AR-15.
Challot fires the visually modified Sturmgewehr in the final scene.

M1 Carbine

Several of Scharf's henchmen hold M1 Carbines.

World War II Era M1 Carbine, with Dark Walnut Stock, 'L' peep sight and no bayonet lug - .30 Carbine
One of the henchmen in a jeep holds an M1 Carbine.
A henchman holds an M1 Carbine at the background. This gun seems to lack the magazine.
Another henchman (at the background right) holds an M1 Carbine.
A man at the right carries an M1 Carbine.


A pair of muskets are seen on the wall in Scharf's house. They may be flintlock or percussion cap lock guns.

Pokhishchenie Savoi-Musket-01.jpg


Double Barreled Shotgun

Two Double Barreled Shotguns are in Prof. Werzanski's luggage. During the march through the jungles, Gido Torstensen (Aleksandr Mikhajlov) takes one shotgun for himself and gives another gun to Prof. Stanislaw Werzanski (Antoni Jurasz).

Prof. Werzanski carries a shotgun.
Gido carries a shotgun.
Prof. Werzanski carries a shotgun at the right.
Gido Torstensen fires in air, signalling to Scharf's men.


During the opening credits footage photos are used to show the struggle against the drug trafficking and the activities of Neo-Nazi organisations in Western Europe.

Smith & Wesson Model 15

Smith & Wesson Model 15 with factory Magna slimline grips - .38 Special
A plainclothes person holds a Smith & Wesson Model 15 revolver. Very possibly this image is not a documentary footage but rather a screenshot from some action film.

Heckler & Koch MP5

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with original "slimline" handguard and straight "waffle"-style magazine - 9x19mm
A police officer at the left holds a Heckler & Koch MP5 (A2 or A3) with original 'slimline' handguard.

M1 Carbine

World War II Era M1 Carbine, with Dark Walnut Stock, 'L' peep sight and no bayonet lug - .30 Carbine
A soldier or policeman of likely some South-East Asian state carries an M1 Carbine.

Iver Johnson Enforcer Pistol

Iver-Johnson Enforcer Pistol - .30 Carbine
Numerous weapons, confiscated from a Neo-Nazi group. The second from the left gun is an Iver Johnson Enforcer Pistol or some similar looking gun, other weapons are pump-action shotguns and hunting or sporting rifles. A man at the right holds what appears to be another Iver Johnson Enforcer Pistol.

Various rifles and shotguns

Remington 1100 Classic Field - 12 gauge
Several long guns are seen at the right. Remington Model 1100 or some similar shotgun is seen at the foreground, and two or more Double Barreled Shotguns are seen at the background.
A part of the same image. A double barreled shotgun in center is seen better.
Some plainclothes person holds a double barreled shotgun.
Numerous weapons, confiscated from a Neo-Nazi group, include pump-action shotguns and hunting or sporting rifles.


In the Paris airport Janek and Tanya play the Duck Hunt electro-mechanical arcade shooter game. When Borde takes Tanya as hostage, Janek uses the shotgun controller to distract Borde with "gunshot" soung.

Pokhishchenie Savoi-Arcade-01.jpg
Janek and Tanya play the arcade shooter.
Janek "shoots" and barely escapes Borde's bullet.

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