The Needle (1988)
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.
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.
- Viktor Tsoi - Moro
- Marina Smirnova - Dina
- Aleksandr Bashirov - Spartak
- Pyotr Mamonov - Artur Yusupovich