The Needle

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The Needle


by Rachid Nougmanov




Director: Rachid Nougmanov

Script: A. Baranov, Bakhyt Kilibaev

Cinematographer: R. Nougmanov

Editing: K. Ourrmoursina

Art Setting: Mourat Moussine

Music: Viktor Tsoï, Kino

Cast: Viktor Tsoï, Marina Smirnova, Piotr Mamonov, A. Bachirov

Production: Kazakhfilm

Year: 1988

Beta Num, Colour, 81 min, 
OV Russian with English Subtitles
French Electronic Subtitles


Moro returns to Alma Ata to collect money owed to him. While waiting out an unexpected delay, he visits his former girlfriend Dina, and discovers she has become a morphine addict. He decides to help her kick the habit and to fight the local drug maphia responsible for her condition. But Moro finds a deadly opponent in "the doctor," the maphia kingpin who is exploiting Dina.

With Kino rockband's leader Tsoï as the main actor, the film was distributed in USSR where it got a huge success with an audience above thirty million. Through the destiny of two youth, it portrays the upheaval of a society whose values are changing.

Rachid Naougmanov was one of the first to break down the taboo of drug addiction..

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