The Beast (1988 Film)

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The Beast theatrical movie poster.

Movie (1988)
Also known as The Beast of War
French title : La bête de guerre

George Dzundza (Daskal)
Jason Patric (Konstantin Koverchenko)
Steven Bauer (Khan Taj)
Stephen Baldwin (Anthony Golikov)
Don Harvey (Kaminski)
Kabir Bedi (Akbar)

Late during the Soviet-Afghan war in 1981, a group of Russian tanks massacre an Afghan village. Taj, the son of the village's khan, swears vengeance against the Russians and pursues them along with the other surviving villagers. While retreating, one, commanded by the ruthless Daskal, becomes separated from the column. Daskal ruthlessly pushes his men to their limits. The tank's driver, Koverchenko, already feeling remorse for the destruction of the village, defies Daskal after his commander murders their Afghan interpreter, and ends up assisting Taj in his quest for vengeance against his fellow Russians.

Aérospatiale SA 321K Super Frelon

"Russian" reconnaissance helicopter that arrives to resupply Daskal's tank. It ends up in the hands of the Afghans after its crew all unknowingly drink water Daskal had poisoned and die. Later, a second one appears at the end to rescue Koverchenko.
This Israely helicopter is supposedly acting a Russian Mil Mi-8 but the shape is closest to the Mil Mi-26 used too during the Afghan War.


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