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The Fall of the Condor (Padeniye kondora)

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The Fall of the Condor
(Padeniye kondora)
Padeniye kondora Poster.jpg
Original Russian Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Sebastián Alarcón
Release Date 1982
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
The Dictator Sergey Yurskiy
Manuel Romero Evgeniy Leonov-Gladyshev
Maria Svetlana Toma
Michael Bartoner Grigoriy Lyampe
Colonel Lobos Aleksandr Pashutin
Francisco de Molina Leo Pilpani
Manuel's mother Galina Frolova

The Fall of the Condor (Padeniye kondora) is a 1982 Soviet drama film directed by Sebastián Alarcón. The plot shows the story of a young soldier Manuel (Evgeniy Leonov-Gladyshev) in an unnamed Latin American state (Pinochet's Chile is implied) who raises to the personal bodyguard of the military dictator of the state (Sergey Yurskiy).

The following weapons were used in the film The Fall of the Condor (Padeniye kondora):



Manuel (Evgeniy Leonov-Gladyshev) carries an M1911A1 pistol during his service as the Dictator's bodyguard and trusted person.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
Manuel draws his pistol when Colonel Lobos lures him into a trap.
Manuel fires.
Manuel surrenders his pistol to the Dictator.
Another view of Manuel's pistol in the same scene.
Manuel carries his pistol in M1916 holster.
The Dictator (Sergey Yurskiy) tries to reach out his 1911 in the final scene.
Manuel fires his pistol in the final scene.

Makarov PM

When Manuel is sent abroad to commit a political assassination, he uses a Makarov PM with a fake sound suppressor.

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Manuel attaches the suppressor to his PM. As it is often seen on screen, the suppressor is screwed inside the barrel.
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Another view of Manuel's PM.
Manuel in ambush with the suppressed pistol in hands.
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Manuel takes aim. The suppressor differs from the one, seen in previous moment.

Submachine Guns

Thompson M1928A1

Manuel finds a Thompson M1928A1 submachine gun in Maria's house. It is fitted with the magazines of MP40.

M1928A1 Thompson converted to use MP40 magazines with 7.62x25mm blank cartridges
A Thompson is hidden in Maria's house. It seems to have an early 'simplified' rear sight, or maybe the standard M1928 rear sight is just removed or broken.

Rifles and Assault Rifles

Sturmgewehr 44 (visually modified as AR-10/AR-15)

Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles, visually modified to resemble AR-10 or early versions of AR-15, are used by the soldiers throughout the film.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm
Sturmgewehr 44, modified to resemble early AR-15 - 7.62x39 blank
Manuel stands in formation with his rifle.
The barrels of two rifles of soldiers in a jeep are seen.
A close-up of the receiver.
Manuel on guards of the Dictator's residence.
A soldier holds a visually modified StG 44 during the operation in Manuel's native village.
The Dictator's driver (Sergey Gazarov) holds a visually modified StG 44 at the background.

Karabiner 98k

In several scene, filmed in sepia to resemble a documentary footage, soldiers hold Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
A soldier with a Kar 98k.
The same soldier fires.
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Soldiers of the firing squad aim their rifles in the scene of the execution of Manuel's fellow villagers.
One of the soldiers of the firing squad is armed with a rifle that is identical to Karabiner 98k but has straight bolt handle. Supposedly this is a rework Kar 98k with Gewehr 98 bolt.
The soldier reloads his rifle.
The straight bolt handle is seen.
The soldier aims.



A BTR-40 APC is seen at the background left.
A BTR-152 APC is seen at the background.


Three field guns are seen at the background left. The one with the visible muzzle brake may be a ZiS-3 while others are unclear.
The guns open fire.


In one scene four MiG-23 fighter planes of the local air force are seen. They may represent Northrop F-5 that were the mainstay of the Chilean Air Force in 1970s.

The Dictator inspects the replenishment of his air force.

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