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Medicine Against Fear (Lekarstvo protiv strakha), The
The Medicine Against Fear (Lekarstvo protiv strakha) is a Soviet 1978 detective movie directed by Albert Mkrtchyan and based on the novel by Arkadiy and Georgiy Vayners. Militsia Capt. Pozdnyakov (Vladimir Sedov) is drugged by unknown medicine, his sidearm and identification card are stolen and used in criminal activities. Stanislav Tikhonov (Aleksandr Fatyushin) investigates the case. Soon he finds out that the drug, used in the crime, is still tested in pharmaceutical laboratory and unavailable for publice use. Studying the feud between the head of the laboratory Prof. Panafidin and his former assistant Lyzhin who is the real inventor of the drug, Tikhonov uncovers how the medicine falls in hands of criminals.
The movie is the first screen adaptation of the original novel, followed by 1990 mini series Entrance to Labyrinth (Vkhod v labirint). In 2016 the novel was adapted once more as a part of TV series Sledovatel Tikhonov.
The following weapons were used in the film The Medicine Against Fear (Lekarstvo protiv strakha):
Gen. Sharapov (Georgi Zhzhyonov) (the same character, only thirty years later) gives his personal Nagant M1895 revolver to Capt. Andrey Pozdnyakov (Vladimir Sedov).
Makarov PM pistols are service sidearms of Militsia personnel. A PM, stolen from Pozdnyakov, is seen in hands of a criminal.