The Needle (1988)

Movie


The Needle (1988)
Igla (original title)

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.
Soviet Union
IMDb  7.1 /10
Creators
Director Rashid Nugmanov
Writer Aleksandr Baranov
Writer Bakhyt Kilibayev
Information
Release Date1990-10-25
Runtime1h 21mins
GenreDrama, Thriller
Content Rating
Awards1 win.
CompanyKazakhfilm Studios
CountrySoviet Union
LanguageRussian
Artur, surgeon
Arkhimed Iskakov
Arkhimed Iskakov
Arkhimed
Gennadi Lyui
Gennadi Lyui
Gess
Rakhimdzhan Abdykadyrov
Rakhimdzhan Abdykadyrov
Thimblerigger
Aleksandr Konks
Aleksandr Konks
Raikhan Kanatbayev
Raikhan Kanatbayev
Old man
Chatayana Hicks
Chatayana Hicks
Nurse (as Ajkhan Chatayeva)
Vladimir Danilenko
Vladimir Danilenko
Chess player
Grigori Epstein
Grigori Epstein
Epstein
Marat Azimbayev
Marat Azimbayev
Marat
Yernar Abilev
Yernar Abilev
Hit man
Rustem Tazhibayev
Rustem Tazhibayev
Baron

The Needle (1988 film)

The Needle (Russian: Игла, romanized: Igla) is a 1988 Soviet thriller film. The Needle is known for being one of the first Kazakh new wave films.

The film premiered on 16 September 1988 in Almaty and in February 1989 in Moscow. It stars rock musicians Viktor Tsoi (Kino) and Pyotr Mamonov (Zvuki Mu). The picture was one of the most watched in Soviet Union in 1989.


Plot

An enigmatic drifter known as Moro arrives in Alma-Ata to extract a debt from a lowly criminal known as Spartak. He tracks down his ex-girlfriend, Dina, who lets him stay in her apartment. Meeting his debtor in a cafe called "Parliament" Moro learns that Spartak also owes money to a lot of other people. Later he finds out that Dina's employer, the surgeon Artur, is supplying her with drugs and using her apartment to store morphine. In an attempt to help Dina, Moro takes her away to the Aral Sea, which they had visited together years before. The sea is by this time a barren wasteland. Moro conceals the ampules of morphine to which Dina is addicted, and after a few weeks in withdrawal she appears to be cured, but her habit returns when they return to the city. Almost desperate, Moro confronts the drug dealers, sees Spartak go into a state of hysteria, and turns Artur's people against him. The film ends as Moro is stabbed by one of Artur's thugs in a snowy street as he walks home to Dina. The ending is ambiguous, with Moro's ultimate fate unknown.


Main cast

  • Viktor Tsoi - Moro
  • Marina Smirnova - Dina
  • Aleksandr Bashirov - Spartak
  • Pyotr Mamonov - Artur Yusupovich