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Sheriff's Star (Zvezda sherifa)

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Zvezda sherifa
Movie Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Nikolai Litus
Release Date 1992
Language Russian
Studio Studio Slavutych
Dovzhenko Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Anne Blake Irina Alfyorova
Judd Stevens Sergei Martynov
Andrew McGreavy Arnis Licitis
Frank Angeli Anatoliy Kotenyov
Norman Z. Moody Lev Durov
Anthony DeMarco Aleksandr Martynov
Sheriff Nikolai Litus

Sheriff's Star (Russian: Звезда шерифа; Zvezda sherifa, Ukrainian: Зiрка шерифа; Zirka Sheryfa) is a 1991 (released in 1992) Soviet (Ukrainian) detective film, based on the novel "The Naked Face" by Sidney Sheldon.

In contrast to the earlier, more famous 1984 movie adaptation by Menahem Golan, the plot of this film is very close to the original book, with the only difference being that the action is set in contemporary times.

The following weapons were used in the film Sheriff's Star (Zvezda sherifa):


Makarov PM

Corrupt policeman Frank Angeli (Anatoliy Kotenyov) carries a Makarov PM as his weapon.

Russian Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Angeli with his PM. Strange choice for an American cop, no?

Suppressed Makarov PM

One of the killers (Nikolai Gudz) sent by DeMarco has a silenced Makarov PM.

Silenced Makarov PM.
DeMarco's thug (Nikolai Gudz) with the silenced PM (left).

Colt M1911A1

One of DeMarco's men sent to kill Judd has a Colt M1911A1. In the final battle in the incinerator, Judd Stevens (Sergei Martynov) kills one of the criminals and takes his Colt pistol.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
DeMarco's man with the M1911A1 (left).
Judd with the captured Colt M1911A1.


Nagant M1895 (visually modified)

A heavily visually modified Nagant M1895 revolver is seen in the sheriff's (Nikolai Litus) holster. It is mocked-up to look like a modern Colt revolver, especially the Trooper MK V. Anthony DeMarco (Aleksandr Martynov) uses a similar revolver at the end of the movie (previously, he took it from Frank Angeli before killing him). It is the same gun which changed hands several times.

This is the exact same modified Nagant revolver that was previously used in the 1988 film New Adventures of a Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and later used in the 1992 film Four Sheets of Plywood, and the 1993 film Killer's Wedge (because all films had the same armorers).

Russian Nagant 1895, produced 1920s - 7.62x38R Nagant
For comparison: Colt Trooper MK V with straight wood grips and a 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
A revolver is seen in the sheriff's holster
Anthony DeMarco holds the revolver, which he took from Frank Angeli
DeMarco in the final shoot-out with Judd.
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Bruni Olympic 5

Andrew McGreavy (Arnis Licitis) and Frank Angeli (Anatoliy Kotenyov) use a Bruni Olympic 5 revolver in several scenes.

Bruni Olympic 5 - .380 blanks
Andrew McGreavy holds a Bruni Olympic 5 revolver.
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Submachine Guns

Thompson M1928A1

One of the police officers who arrives at the final battle bears a Thompson M1928A1 with a drum magazine.

M1928A1 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
One of the police officers (left) armed with the M1928A1.

Suppressed PPS-43

DeMarco's thugs uses PPS-43 submachine guns with (probably fake) integral suppressors, when they ambush the sheriff (Nikolai Litus) in a tunnel, disguised as garbagemen. One of the police officers who arrives in the final battle also carries a similar submachine gun. It is the same weapon which switches hands several times.

Soviet PPS-43 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
For comparison: Sten Mk II(S) with internal suppressor - 9x19mm
DeMarco's man shoot the PPS-43 at the sheriff. It is worth noting that, in a rare case for cinema, the suppressor in the film does not sound completely silent.
Another of DeMarco's men (Nikolai Gudz) shooting the sheriff in the tunnel. Note the integral suppressor (probably fake), similar to the one that was installed on the Sten Mk II(S) and M3 / M3A1 "Grease Gun".
The police officer on the right carries a suppressed PPS-43.



SWAT officers at the end of the battle in the incinerator are armed with the KS-23 shotgun.

KS-23 with a fixed wooden stock - 23mm
SWAT with pump-action shotguns.
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In the scene in the incinerator, one police officer is seen with a rifle that appears to be the same StG 44 with scope and custom compensator that will later be used in The Plane flies to Russia (which also was filmed in Crimea).

Sturmgewehr 44 with ZF4 scope - 7.92x33mm Kurz
The characteristic compensator are seen.
Rifle is seen at the middle.

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