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Virgin Soil Upturned (Podnyataya tselina)

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Virgin Soil Upturned
(Podnyataya tselina)
Podnyataya tselina Poster.jpg
Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Aleksandr Ivanov
Release Date 1960
Language Russian
Studio Lenfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Semyon Davydov Pyotr Chernov
Makar Nagulnov Evgeniy Matveev
Andrey Razmyotnov Fyodor Shmakov
Lusha Nagulnova Lyudmila Khityaeva
Varvara Kharlamova Lyudmila Yegorova
Grandfather Shchukar Vladimir Dorofeyev
Yakov Ostrovnov Viktor Chekmaryov
Yesaul (Capt.) Polovtsev Pyotr Glebov

Virgin Soil Upturned (Podnyataya tselina) is a Soviet 1960 made for TV historical drama, directed by Aleksandr Ivanov and based on the novel by Mikhail Sholokhov. It depicts the events in Cossack region on Dov river in early 1930s.

The following weapons were used in the film Virgin Soil Upturned (Podnyataya tselina):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are seen in hands of Makar Nagulnov (Evgeniy Matveev), Andrey Razmyotnov (Fyodor Shmakov) and former White Army officers Yesaul (Capt.) Polovtsev (Pyotr Glebov) and Poruchik (Lt.) Lyatyevski (Igor Dmitriev). All Nagants in the movie are of post-1930 version.

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38N
A close view of Nagulnov's Nagant.
Polovtsev aims the revolver.
Nagulnov holds his Nagant.
The revolver is seen next to sleeping Polovtsev.
Razmyotnov fires the revolver in the final scene.

FN Model 1900

Ivan Nesterenko (Ivan Kuzin) presents an FN Model 1900 pistol to Semyon Davydov (Pyotr Chernov). Davydov uses the pistol in the final scene.

FN Model 1900 - .32 ACP
Nesterenko (at the right) gives the pistol to Davydov.
Davydov holds the pistol.


Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry

A Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifle is used by Timofey Rvany (Oleg Yaroshenko) in his attempt to kill Makar Nagulnov (Evgeniy Matveev). Two M91 Infantry rifles are found by Davydov (Pyotr Chernov) and Ippolit Shaly (Andrei Abrikosov) among the weapons, hiden by Polovtsev in ruined building.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
Timofey Rvany wades through a field at night.
Rvany aims at Nagulnov.
Nagulnov holds the rifle, taken from dead Rvany.
Two rifles, found in hidden cache, are seen at the right.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

In one scene Red Army cavalrymen carry anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbines.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
Podnyataya tselina-M38-1.jpg

Sawed-off Mosin Nagant "Obrez"

Tit Borodin (Nikolai Kryukov) carries an "obrez" in one scene.

Sawn-off Mosin Nagant M1891/30 "obrez" - 7.62x54mm R
Borodin draws his gun at Makar Nagulnov.


Mosin Nagant/Frolov Shotgun

An "Frolovka" R-32 bolt action shotgun is seen in hands of Uncle Nikolay (uncredited) when he guards the barn at night.

"Frolovka" R-32 shotgun (converted Mosin Nagant rifle) - 32 Gauge
The aged man holds the shotgun.
Another view of the gun. The lack of protruding magazine allows to identify the "Frolovka" as R-32 model.

Single Barreled Shotgun

A Single Barreled Shotgun is seen on the wall in Nagulnov's house.

Podnyataya tselina-Shotgun-1.jpg

Machine Guns


A Lewis is seen in hands of Polovtsev (Pyotr Glebov) and Lyatyevski (Igor Dmitriev). In the firing scene the Lewis is substituted by a visually modified Degtyaryov DP-27.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
Polovtsev examines the Lewis.
Lyatyevski holds the machine gun.
The Lewis on the table.

Degtyaryov DP-27 (visually modified)

In the firing scene the Lewis is substituted by visually modified Degtyaryov DP-27.

Degtyaryov DP-28 machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
Polovtsev (Pyotr Glebov) fires a fake Lewis in the final scene.

Maxim M1910

A Maxim M1910 is found by Davydov (Pyotr Chernov) and Ippolit Shaly (Andrei Abrikosov) among the weapons, hiden by Polovtsev in ruined building.

Maxim 1910, simplified version with smooth water jacket - 7.62x54mmR
Shaly examines the machine gun.
The cartridge belt in box.

Other Weapons

F-1 Hand Grenade

F-1 hand grenades are seen in several scenes.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Andrey Razmyotnov (Fyodor Shmakov) examines the grenade, taken by Makar Nagulnov (Evgeniy Matveev) from shot Timofey Rvany (Oleg Yaroshenko).
A villadge kid holds a grenade that he has found in ruined building.
Lyatyevski (Igor Dmitriev) readies to throw a grenade in the final scene.

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