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Treasures of the Flaming Cliffs (Sokrovishcha pylayushchikh skal)

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Treasures of the Flaming Cliffs
(Sokrovishcha pylayushchikh skal)
DVD Cover
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Yevgeni Sherstobitov
Release Date 1969
Language Russian
Studio Dovzhenko Film Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Fedya Kravchenko Grigori Maksimov
Dau Lado Tskhvariashvili
Mtoro Teodoro Kuarto
Chief mercenary Nikolay Zaseev-Rudenko
Shipmaster Kirill Mikhailovich Aleksei Presnetsov

Treasures of the Flaming Cliffs (direct translation of the original title Sokrovishcha pylayushchikh skal) is a 1969 Soviet adventure movie, directed by Yevgeni Sherstobitov. Twelve years old boy Fedya Kravchenko participates in the voyage of a Soviet oceanographic vessel. During the visit on an island at the African coast Fedya is involved in a quest for the treasures of ancient temple, located somewhere on the island, together with the rebels against the colonial rule, while the local governor sends a squad of mercenaries to intercept the rebels and get the treasures.

The following weapons were used in the film Treasures of the Flaming Cliffs (Sokrovishcha pylayushchikh skal):



Both Dau (Lado Tskhvariashvili), the leader of rebels, and the chief mercenary (Nikolay Zaseev-Rudenko) carry M1911-style pistols, most likely M1911A1s.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
The chief mercenary draws his pistol.
Dau carries visually modified PPS-43 and a pistol in holster.

Submachine Guns

PPS-43 (Mocked Up as Halcón M1949)

Visually modified PPS-43 SMGs are main weapons of both rebels and mercenaries. Their appearance is apparently based on folding stock Halcon Model 1949 SMGs (which were used in Africa). The props have the barrel covers removed and used to make side mounted foregrips (obviously, creators confused the "holey" magwells with side grips); the barrels are fitted with Cutts compensators of Thompson SMG. Most PPS-43s use unusually short magazines.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Halcón Modelo 1949EA with folding stock - 9x19mm
Dau's second in command (Robert Zotov) carries a PPS-43. Note the perforated side mounted foregrip.
Dau (Lado Tskhvariashvili) carries a PPS-43 with a short magazine.
A mercenary at the left holds a PPS-43.
A closeup of the SMG. Short magazine is seen.
Mercenaries with Thompson M1928A1 and PPS-43. Both SMGs are fitted with side foregrips.
A rebel fires his SMG in the final scene.

Thompson M1928A1 (Mocked Up as Halcón ML-63)

Mercenaries also use Thompson M1928A1 SMGs. They have wooden handguards removed, shorted buttstocks, and some are fitted with same side foregrips as PPS-43s. In this case, they apparently depicts an fixed stock Halcón ML-63.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP. This specimen has the sling swivel relocated to the top of the stock, a modification often made to Thompsons in British service.
Two variants of Halcón ML-63, with fixed and collapsible stocks - 9x19mm
Governor's guards hold Thompsons. This is the only scene where intact Thompsons appear; all other props lack handguards.
A mercenary in center carries a Thompson.
The chief mercenary (Nikolay Zaseev-Rudenko) fires a Thompson at rebels on top of the cliff. The side foregrip is seen.
Mercenaries with Thompson and PPS-43. Both SMGs are fitted with side foregrips.
An unusual way of holding Thompson.
The sniper (Valery Panarin) carries Thompson on sling.

Rifles and Assault Rifles

TOZ-11 (visually modified)

Mercenary sniper (Valery Panarin) is armed with a bolt action rifle that appears to be TOZ .22 caliber rifle, fitted with fake large box magazine (possibly taken from ZB26), Cutts compensator from Thompson SMG and sniper scope (possibly 1930s vintage PE model). The shape of the stock allows to guess the rifle to be TOZ-11. The appearance of this weapon probably should have depicted M14.

TOZ-11 - .22LR
The sniper holds his rifle at the right.
The sniper in action.
A good view of the rifle.

Sturmgewehr 44

In one scene a mercenary carries a Sturmgewehr 44 that lacks magazine.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
Second from the right man carries an StG 44.

Machine Guns


MG42 machine guns are seen in several scenes.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG42 is mounted on BTR-40 APC of the governor's guards.
A mercenary carries an MG42.

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