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Doctor Zhivago

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Doctor Zhivago
631079Dr Zhivago.jpg
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by David Lean
Release Date 1965
Main Cast
Character Actor
Yuri Omar Sharif
Lara Julie Christie
Tonya Geraldine Chapman
Komarovsky Rod Steiger
Pasha Tom Courtenay
Yevgraf Alec Guinness

Doctor Zhivago is the 1965 adaptation of Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning novel of the same name directed by David Lean and starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chapman, Rod Steiger, Tom Courtenay, and Alec Guinness. Filming in the Soviet Union was out of the question, as it was the middle of the Cold War and the Soviets hadn't even allowed Pasternak's novel to be published (it was published in Italy after being smuggled out,) so filming was done in Spain, Finland, and Canada. The film wasn't shown in Russia until after the fall of Communism. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards, but only won five, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Score.

The following weapons were used in the film Doctor Zhivago:


Garate Revolver

When his peaceful demonstration is attacked by Cossacks, Pasha (Tom Courtenay) picks up a Spanish copy of the Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action, the Garate .455 Revolver, later giving it to Lara (Julie Christie) to hide. Lara uses it herself. Red Partisan leader Liberius (Gérard Tichy) appears to be equipped with one as well.

British Army issued Garate revolver - .455 Webley
The Garate revolver laying on the ground
Pasha tells Lara to hide his Garate revolver
Lara eyes the Garate.
Lara fires the Garate.
Liberius loads up his Garate.

Nagant M1878

A Russian Tsarist Officer fires a Belgian Nagant M1878 to get his soldiers' attention.

Nagant M1878 revolver - 9.4mm Nagant
The Tsarist officer fires his Nagant into the air


Mosin Nagant M1891

Some Russian soldiers like Pasha are seen with Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles. These rifles are anachronistic, as the modified M91/30 design wasn't introduced until 1930. Most of the film was shot in Spain, which had supplies of M91 and M91/30 rifles sent by the Soviet Union as war aid to the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War.

Imperial Mosin Nagant M1891 with post-1908 Konovalov rear sight.
Full-length, Soviet Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Pasha leading soldiers with a M91 rifle
Tsarist troops carrying a mix of Mosin Nagant M91/30 and Spanish M1893 Mausers.
A Tsarist solder urges his fellow troops to turn back. Note the distinctive wire sling loop of the Spanish Mosin Nagants.
Kuril (Bernard Kay) with a Mosin Nagant slung.
Kuril plays with the action of his Mosin Nagant, revealing that his rifle is empty.
Another closeup of Kuril's rifle. Here the distinctive tangent-leaf rear sight of the M91/30 is shown, rather than the Konovalov sight of the earlier M91 rifle.
One of Strelnikov's guards with his Mosin Nagant.

1893 Spanish Mauser

Since the film was mostly shot in Spain, most extras are equipped with 1893 Spanish Mauser rifles in the large crowd scenes. The socket spike bayonets came from modifying the socket spike bayonets from Remington Rolling Block rifles which were adopted by the Spanish military in 1871.

1893 Spanish Mauser - 7x57mm Mauser
Tsarist troops parade through Moscow with their Mausers after the outbreak of war.
Troops with Mausers have a laugh at an officer's expense.
The ladder sights can be seen on these Mausers.
A mutineer with his Mauser. The bayonet lug is clearly visible here.
Red partisans open fire on White troops.
Dead White troops from a local military school with their Mausers. Note the socket spike bayonet.

Machine Guns

Maxim M1910

Maxim M1910 machine guns are used by Russian soldiers.

Russian copy Maxim M1910 - 7.62x54R
Dead soldiers frozen near a Maxim
A crudely camouflaged Maxim guarding a Russian trench.
One of two Maxims guarding Strelnikov's armored train.
The other Maxim guarding Strelnikov's armored train.

Vickers Mk 1

A British Vickers MK1 Machine Gun is used by Red Partisans.

Vickers gun with ribbed water jacket
Red partisans open fire with a Maxim.
Another angle of the above.



Strelnikov's armored train is equipped with two cannons, most likely mockups.

Strelnikov's armored train.

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