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Between Sky and Earth (Mezhdu nebom i zemlyoy)

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Between Sky and Earth
(Mezhdu nebom i zemlyoy)
Mezhdu nebom i zemlyoy Poster.jpg
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Mihail Badiceanu
Valeriy Kharchenko
Release Date 1976
Language Russian
Studio Moldova Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Simion Kuku Vsevolod Abdulov
Sasha Karasik Larisa Eryomina
Vasiliy Zemnov Viktor Perevalov
Nerses Tumanyan D. Yapudjan
Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Petro Golovko Roman Tkachuk
Col. Orlov Anatoliy Solonitsyn

Between Sky and Earth (Mezhdu nebom i zemlyoy) is a Soviet Moldovan 1976 (filmed 1975) musical comedy directed by Mihail Badiceanu and Valeriy Kharchenko. A young Moldovan Simion Kuku (Vsevolod Abdulov) serves in Soviet Army airborne troops. Being a talented singer, Simion together with two his comrades participates in a musical trio. Their music director Sasha Karasik (Larisa Eryomina) is a charming young woman, and soon Simion fall in love to her.

The following weapons were used in the film Between Sky and Earth (Mezhdu nebom i zemlyoy):


AKMS assault rifles, mostly fitted with rust-colored plastic magazines, are standard weapons of Soviet airborne troops.

Note: see additional images on talk page.

AKMS - 7.62x39mm
Paratroopers on close combat training.
Paratroopers on the obstacle course.
Pvt. Mansiyakurov (B. Mongush) holds an AKMS during the training.
A good view of an AKMS.
Sgt. Simion Kuku (Vsevolod Abdulov) holds his AKMS during the manoeuvres. It is fitted with blank firing adapter instead of muzzle compensator.
A soldier of opposing side with AKMS.
Pvt. Vasiliy Zemnov (Viktor Perevalov) carries an AKMS.
Paratroopers on parade. Soldiers in second row carry AKMS with steel magazines while all other assault rifles are fitted with plastic magazines.

Izhmekh IZh-18 (mocked up as percussion cap pistol)

In one scene Simion Kuku (Vsevolod Abdulov) is a background actor in a historical adventure movie. Simion and an another extra hold IZh-18 shotguns, sawed-off and mocked up as Percussion Cap Pistols (not fitting for 17th or 18th century when this film is set).

Simion, in historical costume, holds a fake percussion cap pistol.
An extra in the role of an Ottoman Janissary pursues Simion who thwarted the film shooting.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

During the filming of a historical movie about Russian Civil war one of the extras carries a Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A moustached "Red Army man" carries a carbine.
Another view of the scene.


BMD-1 airborne armoured fighting vehicle is seen during the night training. It is armed with 73mm 2A28 "Grom" main gun and three PKT machine guns (coaxial and two frontal). What appear to be a BRDM-2 armoured reconnaissance car is seen at the background.
A BRDM-2 is seen at the left. It is armed with KPVT and PKT machine guns.
Sgt. Simion Kuku rides on a BRDM-1, chasing after An-2 transport plane, taking off. Turretless BRDM-1 is armed with a machine gun on pivot but this particular vehicle is unarmed.
A general view of BRDM-1 and An-2.
Soldiers rest on BRDM-1 after the manoeuvres are over.

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