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Visit to Minotaur (Vizit k Minotavru)

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Visit to Minotaur (Vizit k Minotavru)
Vizit k Minotavru Poster.jpg
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Eldor Urazbaev
Release Date 1987
Language Russian
Studio Gorkiy Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Stanislav Pavlovich Tikhonov / Antonio Stradivari Sergey Shakurov
Militsia Lt. Elena Sergeevna Nechayeva Anna Kamenkova
Vladimir Ivanovich Vladimir Samoylov
Lev Iosifovich Polyakov Laimonas Noreika
Pavel Petrovich Ikonnikov Valentin Gaft
Grigory Petrovich Belash Aleksandr Filippenko
Niccolo Amati Rostislav Plyatt
Giuseppe Guarneri Nikolay Denisov

Visit to Minotaur (Vizit k Minotavru) is a Soviet 1987 five-part detective mini-series directed by Eldor Urazbaev and based on the eponymous novel by the Vayner Brothers. A unique violin, a masterpiece by Antonio Stradivari, is stolen from the apartment of the famous violinist Polyakov. Detective of prosecutor's office Stanislav Pavlovich Tikhonov (Sergey Shakurov), assisted by Ugolovny Rozysk (criminal police) detective Elena Sergeevna Nechayeva (Anna Kamenkova), investigates the case. A second storyline of the series, set in Italy in 17th-18th centuries, depicts the life of the famous violin maker Antonio Stradivari (also Sergey Shakurov).

The mini-series is a second screen adaptation of the original novel after 1974 movie Nochnoi vizit. In 2016 the novel was adapted once more as a part of TV series Sledovatel Tikhonov.

The following weapons were used in the film Visit to Minotaur (Vizit k Minotavru):


Makarov PM

Makarov PM pistols, service sidearms of Soviet law enforcement servicies, are seen in hands of the investigator for particularly important cases of the Office of General Prosecutor of the USSR Stanislav Pavlovich Tikhonov (Sergey Shakurov) and the detective of Moscow Ugolovny Rozysk Militsia Lt. Elena Sergeevna Nechayeva (Anna Kamenkova).

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Tikhonov holds his service pistol.
Lt. Nechayeva holds her pistol during the arrest of the criminal Yakov Krest.
Tikhonov holds Yakov Krest at gunpoint.
Nechayeva holds a PM while searching Krest's bag.
Tikhonov jumps off the window, following escaping Krest.
Nechayeva fires at Krest's car but her pistol runs dry.
Tikhonov fires at escaping Krest.
Tikhonov fires his pistol during the car chase.
Tikhonov finally arrests Krest.

Tokarev TT-33

A TT-33 is used by a criminal Yuriy Fedoseevich Lopakov alias Yakov Krest ("Yakov the Cross") (Aleksandr Yakovlev). In one scene Tikhonov's PM switches to a TT due to a continuity error.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Yakov Krest fires at Tikhonov.
After the first shot the pistol slide locks back but the criminal "fires" once more.
Tikhonov's pistol switches from a PM to a TT during the arrest of Krest.
Tikhonov holds a TT when Krest escapes. Next moment the pistol switches back to a PM.

Long Guns

Hand Mortar

In the scene, set in Stradivari's house in Cremona, Antonio Stradivari (Sergey Shakurov) defends against a violent mob with a hand mortar.

Flintlock Hand Mortar
Stradivari holds a hand mortar.

Percussion Cap Musket/Shotgun

Later in the same scene Antonio Stradivari holds a percussion cap musket or shotgun, a weapon out of time for late 17th or early 18th century.

1860 Russian-made Single Barreled Percussion Shotgun (placed as a sample of percussion cap non-military long guns)
Stradivari's wife Francesca (Marina Levtova) hands a percussion cap gun to her husband.
Antonio Stradivari aims a percussion cap gun.

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