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Seven Years in Tibet

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Seven Years in Tibet
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Release Date October 8, 1997
Language English
Studio Mandalay Entertainment
Distributor TriStar Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Heinrich Harrer Brad Pitt
Peter Aufschnaiter David Thewlis
Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme B.D. Wong
Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, 14 years old Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk
Tsarong Mako

Seven Years in Tibet is a 1997 American movie directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The Austrian climber Heinrich Harrer takes part in a Himalayan expedition in 1939, although his wife is pregnant. At the Nanga Parbat the egomaniac gets together with the expedition leader Peter Aufschnaiter - but their conflict is interrupted. As the Second World War breaks out, the British colonial power brings the brawlers into the internment camp. Only in 1944 they manage to break out. Reluctantly, Harrer and Aufschnaiter clash and flee to nearby Tibet together. There, on the roof of the world, Harrer makes friends with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.

The following weapons were used in the film Seven Years in Tibet:


Webley Mk. VI

British officers wield Webley .455 Mk VI revolvers which are mostly seen carried in holsters. Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis) also carries one as he is disguised as a British officer.

Webley Mark IV - .455 Webley
A British officer brandishes his revolver. This is the only time the revolver can be seen unholstered.
The revolver's grip is seen in Peter Aufschnaiter's holster.

Tokarev TT-33 / Norinco Type 54

A Tibetan monk is forced by Chinese soldiers to shoot his older tutor with a post-1947 Tokarev TT-33 or Norinco Type 54 pistol.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Type 54 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The monk screams before pulling the trigger.

Submachine Guns

Sten Mk. II

Some Sten Mk IIs are used by British-Indian soldiers.

Sten Mark II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
Two soldiers with their Stens in their hands dragging back Heinrich (Brad Pitt).

PPS-43 / Type 43

The main weapon of the Chinese People's Liberation Army is the PPS-43 or its Chinese version, the Type 43.

Soviet PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Chinese Type 43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. The Type 43 is virtually identical to the Soviet PPS-43 save for markings.
Chinese soldiers advance during the night with their submachine guns.
The PPS being fired.

M3A1 "Grease Gun"

The M3A1 "Grease Gun" is also used by the Chinese.

M3A1 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
A Chinese soldier fires his "Grease Gun" at fleeing Tibetan civilians.
Two soldiers guarding Ngawang Jigme's (B.D. Wong) building.


Karabiner 98k

At least, one German soldier can briefly be seen with a Karabiner 98k at the film's beginning.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The soldier right above the camera has the Karabiner.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III*

British-Indian soldiers are armed with Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles, as well, as some Tibetan militia fighters.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark III* - .303 British
British-Indian soldiers carry the SMLE.
Tibetan hold their SMLEs.

Mauser M1895 Carbine

Among the Tibetan militia forces, a member holds a Mauser carbine that appears to be a M1895 Chilean Mauser carbine.

Carabina Mauser Chileno Mo 1895 - 7x57mm Mauser
The militiaman second from right checks his Mauser carbine.

Matchlock Musket

A militiaman is seen firing a Matchlock Musket during the night battle.

Tibetan 19th century matchlock musket, bipods equipped.
The militiaman desperately fires his musket.

Mauser M1895

Several Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers can be seen with what appears to be 1895 Chilean Mauser rifles standing in for the Chinese M1907 Mauser.

Fusil Mauser Chileno Mo 1895 - 7x57mm Mauser
The barrel can be seen between the Tibetan monks.
A full view of the Mauser.

Mosin Nagant M91/30

Full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifles are also used by some Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers.

Full-length Mosin Nagant M91/30 - 7.62x54mmR
A Chinese soldier holds his rifle in a Tibetan temple.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine

At the end of the movie, some Chinese soldiers are seen with Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine with unfolded bayonets.

Mosin Nagant M44 Carbine, with attached side-folding bayonet - 7.62x54mm R
Heinrich passing Chinese soldiers armed with the carbine.
The same soldiers hold their carbine at the ready.

Mauser Rifles

Some unknown Mauser rifles can be seen used by Tibetan militiamen and Chinese soldiers.

Militiamen with their long Mausers over their back.
Two Chinese soldiers aim at Tibetan Monks. These rifles have tangent-leaf rear sight and upper muzzle bands.

Machine Guns

Bren Mk. I

A Bren Mark 1 is briefly seen at the arrival at a POW camp in Dehradun.

Bren Mark I - .303 British
An Indian soldier mans the Bren in the tower.


An early variant of the Madsen machine gun is briefly examined by Tibetans.

Russian Madsen M1904 - 7.62x54R; for comparision.
The Madsen is examined by the militiamen.

Degtyaryov DP-27

The Degtyaryov DP-27 is used by a Tibetan militiaman.

Degtyarov DP-27 - 7.62x54mmR
The excited member tries to shoot his machine gun.

Browning M2HB

Two Chinese Jeeps have mounted Browning M2HB heavy machine guns.

Browning M2HB .50 BMG in-vehicle mounting
A Jeep behind Harrer with the M2HB.
The two Jeeps are seen.


M1 Mortar

Chinese soldiers are equipped with M1 Mortars.

M1 Mortar - 81mm


A Chinese soldier is briefly seen with an unknwon flamethrower to burn Tibetan huts.


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