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Dead Man's Tale (Chto skazal pokoynik)

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Dead Man's Tale
(Chto skazal pokoynik)
Chto skazal pokoynik DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Language Russian
Creator Igor Maslennikov
Broadcast 2000
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 10
Main Cast
Character Actor
Joanna Marta Klubowicz
Police Inspector/Commissioner Jensen Oleg Tabakov
The gang boss Oleg Basilashvili
"Ponytail" Aleksey Buldakov
"Lame" Evgeniy Voskresenskiy
"Bearded" Vladimir Episkoposyan
Police Inspector Roberts Aleksandr Pashutin
Peter Aleksandr Romantsov
"Blondie" aka "Cutthroat" Aleksandr Domogarov
Alicja Ewa Szykulska

Dead Man's Tale (Chto skazal pokoynik) is a 2000 (filmed 1999) Russian crime comedy TV series, a screen adaptation of the novel "Cale zdanie nieboszczyka" by well known Polish author of crime comedy novels Joanna Chmielewska. Joanna (Marta Klubowicz), a Polish woman living in Denmark, visits an illegal gambling house. Suddenly a shootout happens, and one man who turns out to be an envoy of mafia is mortally wounded. He accidentally mistakes Joanna for another woman who is his contact and in his last words tells her the clue to finding the hidden treasures of the gang. The gangsters notice this, and Joanna is kidnapped and transferred to the gang lair in Brazil. But she's not going to give up so easily.

The following weapons were used in the television series Dead Man's Tale (Chto skazal pokoynik):


Colt Python

"Lame" (Evgeniy Voskresenskiy), one of the trio of gangsters, is armed with a Colt Python in several scenes, set in Brazil.

Colt Python with 6" Barrel - .357 Magnum
"Lame" sleeps with a Python near his hand.
"Lame" wakes up and takes his revolver. The vent rib is seen.
Another view of the revolver.
"Lame" threatens a henchman who missed Joanna's attempt to escape.


Star Model B

During the raid on the Suzuki's gang base in Brazil, "Bearded" (Vladimir Episkoposyan), another one of the trio of gangsters, is armed with an M1911-style pistol. As the external extractor can be seen, this pistol is most likely a Star Model B. 1911-style pistol, possibly the same prop reused, is also seen in hands of a henchman in the same scene.

Star Model B - 9x19mm
"Bearded" with M1911 pistol. The external extractor can be seen.
"Bearded"'s pistol is seen behind "Lame".
A henchman with two pistols, one of which is an 1911-style.

Stechkin APB

The gang boss (Oleg Basilashvili) takes a Stechkin APB pistol after he found that Joanna managed to escape from the dungeon of Chaumont-sur-Loire castle. He also holds the pistol in the final episode when French police storms his lair.

Stechkin APB with detached stock - 9x18mm Makarov
The boss attaches the sound suppressor to his pistol.
He threatens "Lame".
Another view of the pistol.
The boss fires at French police. The slide is seen moving.

Beretta 92F-style pistol

A Beretta 92F-style pistol is seen among the weapons that Joanna found on the Stella di Mare yacht. Judging by the brown plastic grips, uncommon for genuine pistols, it may be some blank-firing or non-firing replica.

For comparison: Beretta 92F (Early Model) - 9x19mm
A Beretta 92F-style pistol in the box.

Heckler & Koch P7M13

Interpol agent "Shorty" Berkovich (Mamuka Kikaleishvili) carries a compact pistol in shoulder holster. This is a member of Heckler & Koch P7 family, most likely a Heckler & Koch P7M13.

Heckler & Koch P7M13 - 9x19mm
A Danish police officer arrests "Shorty" who is erroneously taken for a gang member. The grip of "Shorty"'s pistol is seen in shoulder holster.
Commissioner Jensen (Oleg Tabakov) hands the pistol back to Berkovich. Note the typical grip of the P7 family.
Berkovich holds his pistol. Judjing by the height of the slide, the pistol seems to be P7M13 rather than P7/P7M8.

Femaru 48M / Walam 48

During the operation against the gang lair, the Interpol agent, credited as "Blue-eyed", (Jan Jankowski) is armed with a suppressed pistol. His pistol resembles some of the post-war guns, inspired by Walther PP. Hungarian 48M (or its export version Walam 48) seems to be a most possible guess. Same looking pistol, without suppressor, is seen in hands of Fernando (Igor Pismenny), the skipper of the gang yacht.

Walam 48-2 - 9x17 mm (.380 ACP)
In the scene on the gang villa in Brazil, "Ponytail" looks through the security camera as Fernando commits suicide after Joanna managed to escape by his carelessness.
"Blue-eyed" holds his suppressed pistol.

Unidentified pistols

During the interrogation of arrested employees of the illegal gambling house in Copenhagen, the dealer Gilles (Arkadiy Koval) covertly gets a pocket pistol from the fake plumber Gustav (Andrey Butin). Danish Police inspector Jensen (Oleg Tabakov) spots this and disarms Gilles before he could use the gun. The pistol may be a member of a vast family of FN Model 1905.

Gustav covertly passes the pistol to Gilles.
Jensen disarms Gilles.

In a number of scenes various characters hold pistols that are seen briefly, unclear due to fast motion or in distance.

During the raid on the Suzuki's gang base, a henchman at the left fires two pistols.
French police officers hold pistols during the operation of the castle in the final episode.

Submachine Guns

OTs-02 Kiparis

"Yellow-faced" (Boris Romanov) fires a OTs-02 Kiparis in the scene in the illegal gambling house in Copenhagen. Similar SMG is seen in hands of an officer of Danish police special unit during the raid on the illegal gambling house.

KBP Instrument Design Bureau OTs-02 "Kiparis" with 30-round magazine - 9x18mm Makarov
"Yellow-faced" draws a OTs-02.
He opens fire at Joanna and Eric. The SMG is actually unloaded in this scene.

PP-91-01 Kedr-B

The personnel of Danish police special unit carry PP-91-01 Kedr-B submachine guns during the raid on the illegal gambling house. Judging by the credits, the personnel of the 1st Special Purpose Unit of the Internal Forces "Vityaz" with their service firearms appear in this scene as the Danish police special unit. Kedr-B submachine guns were never used outside Russia but they may be a stand-in for Heckler & Koch MP5SD1/3/4.

PP-91-01 Kedr-B - 9x18mm
Several officers with Kedr-B submachine guns break into the illegal gambling house.
An officer with Kedr-B is seen at the background.
An officer with Kedr-B escorts an arrestee.


One of the guards on the gang villa in Brazil is armed with an Uzi. An Uzi (very likely the same prop reused) is seen among the weapons that Joanna found on the Stella di Mare yacht.

IMI Uzi with stock removed - 9x19mm
A guard at the left carries an Uzi.
An Uzi in the box on the yacht.

Sa 25

Sa 25 submachine guns are seen in hands of French police during the operation in the gang lair in Chaumont-sur-Loire castle.

Sa 25 - 9x19mm
A police officer with Sa 25 SMG. Note the shape of the magazine that allows to differ the 9mm Sa 25 from the 7.62mm Sa 26.
A police officer is gunned down and drops his gun.
Police officers with Sa 25 SMGs near the helicopter.
A wounded police officer (stunt coordinator Oleg Korytin) with Sa 25.

Assault Rifles


M16A1 assault rifles, fitted with A2 handguards, are seen in hands of the guards on the gang villa in Brazil. Two guns are used, one of those has a white, maybe stainless receiver. In the firing scenes, they are replaced with visually modified Sturmgewehr 44.

Colt M16A1 with A2 handguards - 5.56x45mm
A guard on the villa in Brazil carries an M16 with white receiver. The A1 upper can be seen.
A close-up of the barrel.
A guard holds an M16 with 30-round magazine.
A guard carries an M16. The A2 handguard and A1 upper are seen.
A guard holds an M16 with white receiver.
Joanna finds two M16s on the yacht, one blued and another one with the white receiver.


When the criminal trio is searching for treasure in the Cordillera, "Lame" (Evgeniy Voskresenskiy) holds an M16/SP1 with A2 style handguards and a white, maybe stainless receiver.

M16 (or Colt AR-15 SP1) with A2 style handguards used to resemble the M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
The A2 handguard of "Lame"'s M16 is seen at the background.
The barrel of "Lame"'s M16 is seen. The flash hider lacks about two thirds of its length; maybe this part is simply broken.
The receiver of "Lame"'s M16 is seen. It has full fence lower and slickside upper.

M16 (unidentified model)

In the same scene in the Cordillera, an M16 of unclear model is seen in the jeep. It has the buttstock removed.

An M16 with removed buttstock is seen near "Ponytail".
The receiver of this M16 is seen partially. It may be an A1 but it's too vague to be sure.
A close-up of the pistol grip and magazine.

Sturmgewehr 44 (visually modified to resemble M16)

Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles, visually modified with the addition of a carrying handle, a modified front sight and shorter magazines to resemble either the M16 or the AR-10 rifle, are used by the gang, notably by "Ponytail" (Aleksey Buldakov) and "Lame" (Evgeniy Voskresenskiy). These Sturmgewehrs replace the M16s in firing scenes.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm
Sturmgewehr 44, visually modified to resemble M16 - 7.62x39 blank
"Ponytail" carries a fake M16 when he watches from the helicopter.
"Lame" holds a fake M16 during the attack on Suzuki's gang base. In this scene his weapon constantly switches between visually modified StG 44 and PK machine gun due to continuity errors.
"Lame" fires from the minivan.
A henchman mows down Suzuki's ninjas.
Two henchmen fire their guns.
Another view of the fake M16.
"Lame" carries the fake M16 after the raid.


Haenel 312 Air Rifle

An East German Haenel 312 (also known as Suhl 312 after the town of Suhl where the factory is located) air rifle with sniper scope is used by the thug (Sergey Stepanchenko) in Warsaw.

Haenel 312 - 4.5 mm (.177)
"Lame" orders the thug to shoot a tranquilizer dart at Joanna when she would appear in the window.
The thug aims, using "Lame"'s shoulder as the gun support.
The stock with pistol grip is seen.


Double Barreled Shotgun

When the criminal trio is searching for treasure in the Cordillera, "Bearded" (Vladimir Episkoposyan) carries two Double Barreled Shotguns.

"Bearded" carries a shotsun on his back and holds another one in hands.
The shotgun on "Bearded"'s back is seen.
The barrels of the shotgun are seen.

Machine Guns


"Lame" (Evgeniy Voskresenskiy) holds a PK in several scenes. The thug (Sergey Stepanchenko) takes the PK from "Lame" during the attempt to escape from French police.

PK Machine Gun, note the larger curved gas block and the thicker fluted barrel that was found on the original weapon - 7.62x54mm R
"Lame" takes the PK when the gang prepares for the attack on Suzuki's gang base.
The muzzle brake of the PK is seen.
The receiver of the PK is seen. The belt is loaded with blanks.
"Lame"'s PK is seen in the final episode when he, the thug and Madlen try to escape from French police.
"Lame" fires at policemen, guarding the helicopter.
The thug takes the PK.
He fires at police.

Other Weapons

RPO-A 'Shmel'

During the raid on the Suzuki's gang base, the gangsters use an RPO-A 'Shmel' launcher.

RPO-A "Shmel" - 93x700mm rocket
A henchman in the minivan holds the Shmel launcher.
The henchman fires.
Close-up of Shmel.

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