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Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy plennik)

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Prisoner of the Mountains
(Kavkazskiy plennik)
Kavkazskiy plennik Poster.jpg
Country RUS.jpg Russia
KAZ.jpg Kazakhstan
Directed by Sergey Bodrov Sr.
Release Date 1996
Language Russian
Studio Karavan Studio
BG Production Studio
Distributor Orion Classics
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sanya Oleg Menshikov
Ivan Zhilin Sergey Bodrov Jr.
Abdul-Murat Jemal Sikharulidze
Dina Susanna Mekhraliyeva
Maj. Maslov Aleksei Zharkov
Zhilin's mother Valentina Fedotova

Prisoner of the Mountains (original title Kavkazskiy plennik, Кавказский пленник, i.e. "Prisoner of the Caucasus") is a 1996 Russian war drama movie directed by Sergey Bodrov Sr. (A Yakuza's Daughter Never Cries) and starring Oleg Menshikov and Sergey Bodrov Jr..

The following weapons were used in the film Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy plennik):


Makarov PM

In one scene a Russian soldier barters a Makarov PM for two bottles of vodka. Later the shopkeeper sells the pistol to an old Chechen.

Makarov PM — 9x18mm
The shopkeeper examines the pistol.
He sells it to old Chechen.
The old man fires at Russian officer.



Abdul-Murat (Jemal Sikharulidze) and his servant Hasan (Aleksandr Bureyev) both carry very battered single barreled shotguns that appear to be old IZh-KBs (modern versions of this shotgun are known as Baikal MP-18).

Baikal MP-18M-M, a modern version of IZh-18
Abdul-Murat holds a shotgun. Note the groovs on the foregrip.
The shotgun on the wall in Abdul-Murat's house.
Hasan with a shotgun.
Abdul-Murat in ambush. A close view of the gun allows to identify it as a hammerless version of IZh-18.
Abdul-Murat fires.
Abdul-Murat aims his gun in the final scene.

Over And Under Shotgun

In one scene an Over and Under Shotgun is seen in hands of a Chechen. It resembles Baikal MP-27 (previously known as IZh-27).

IZh-27 double barreled over and under shotgun - 12 Gauge
The man at the left holds a O/U shotgun.

Mossberg 500

A Mossberg 500 with synthetic furniture is seen in hands of a Chechen in one scene. This appears is a Field Gun version that was retrofitted with a optional factory pistol grip.

Mossberg Maverick 88 Field Gun - 12 gauge
Mossberg 500 Cruiser - 12 gauge
The man at the left holds a Mossberg 500.

Assault rifles


In the opening scene Sanya (Oleg Menshikov) is seen with an AKS-47. An AKS is also seen in hands of a Chechen fighter.

AKS-47 — 7.62x39mm
Kavkazskiy plennik-AK-2.jpg
A close view of the muzzle when Sanya fires in air in order to stop his subordinates from rumble.
A close view of the muzzle of AKS in hands of a Chechen fighter.


In the scene of ambush Sanya (Oleg Menshikov) uses an AKM. Due to continuity error it switches several times from standard AKM to the one with GP-25 underbarrel grenade launcher and back again. Many Chechen fighters are also armed with AKMs.

AKM — 7.62x39mm
Sanya fires his AKM.
A buttstock can be seen.
Sanya fires his AKM from cover.
A Chechen fighter with AKM.
A young Chechen fighter with an AKM. The lack of the slant muzzle brake is common for the first production version of AKM.


Several Chechen fighters carry AKMS assault rifles. In the final scene Maj. Maslov (Aleksei Zharkov) uses an AKMS.

AKMS — 7.62x39mm
A Chechen rebels commander holds an AKMS.
Maslov takes his AKMS from the wall. In previous scene it was an AKS-74 but due to continuity error it switches to AKMS.
Maslov fires.


Most Russian soldiers are armed with AKS-74 assault rifles.

AKS-74 — 5.45x39mm
Ivan Zhilin (Sergey Bodrov Jr.) (at the right) holds an AKS-74.
Russian soldiers with AKS-74s.
An AKS-74 is seen on the wall behind Maj. Maslov (Aleksei Zharkov). In the final scene it switches to AKMS.
Russian soldiers with AKS-74s in the final scene.


AKS-74U are used by several Russian soldiers and Chechen fighters.

AKS-74U — 5.45x39mm
A Russian soldier with AKS-74U during the Chechen ambush.
A Chechen commander holds an AKS-74U. Later it switches to AKMS.


Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*

During the attempt to escape Sanya and Ivan meet a sherpherd who is armed with a Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III* rifle.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III* — .303 British
Sanya grabs the rifle.
Sanya with the rifle.
Ivan examines the rifle.

SVD Dragunov

SVD sniper rifles are seen in several scenes.

SVD Dragunov — 7.62x54mm R
An SVD is seen next to Sanya (Oleg Menshikov).
Osman (uncredited), Chechen commander, carries an AK-47 or AKS-47 and a captured SVD.

Machine Guns

PK Machine Gun

A Chechen fighter fires a PK machine gun during the ambush.

PK machine gun — 7.62x54mm R
Note the thick fluted barrel, typical for PK (unlike PKM).

KPVT Heavy Machine Gun

KPVT heavy machine gun is mounted on Russian BTR-80 APCs.

KPVT — 14.5x114mm
Kavkazskiy plennik-KPVT-1.jpg
Kavkazskiy plennik-KPVT-2.jpg

Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B

In the final scene several Mi-24 attack helicopters appear. They are armed with Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B machine guns.

Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B - 12.7x108mm
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Other Weapons


During the Chechen ambush Sanya (Oleg Menshikov) uses an AKM with GP-25 grenade launcher. Due to continuity error Sanya's gun switches several times from standard AKM to the one with GP-25 and back again.

GP-25 grenade launcher — 40 mm
GP-25 grenade launcher mounted on AKM
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Kavkazskiy plennik-GP25-2.jpg
Kavkazskiy plennik-GP25-3.jpg
Kavkazskiy plennik-GP25-4.jpg

Anti-personell Mine

In one scene Chechens force Sanya and Ivan to disarm an anti-personell mine. It is seen only partially.

Kavkazskiy plennik-Mine-1.jpg

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