The review of this film by whpratt1 is completely wrong. This film isnot critical of the Mujahadeen, but rather shows them struggling tofight for their freedom. The Soviet army is the oppressive evilpresence. This film was made during the Cold War, when Americans saw aline drawn in the sand between communism and capitalist democracy. Inthe film, the Soviets are clearly the bad guys, and the Mujahadeen arefighting the good fight. The main character comes to understand thisduring the film, finally telling his Soviet commanding officer that"we're the Nazis this time."<br><br>During the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the United States funded,supplied, and trained Mujahadeen forces. American stinger missiles wereused to shoot down Soviet helicopters. The most famous Mujahadeenfighter trained by the United States would come to be Osama bin Laden.He would participate in the fight against the Soviet army, much to theapproval of the United States. This film pays tribute to the Mujahadeenfor valiantly defending themselves against America's enemy. The factthat the United States has invaded Afghanistan makes the film much moreinteresting to watch. It is ironic that these militants once praised byHollywood are now our enemies. The lesson this film should teach usnow, albeit inadvertently, is that we should be careful who we glorifyand who we vilify. Humans will be humans, and will fight for what they*believe* is right, sometimes whether it actually is right or not.
During the war in Afghanistan a Soviet tank crew commanded by a tyrannical officer find themselves lost and in a struggle against a band of Mujahadeen guerrillas in the mountains. A unique look at the Soviet 'Vietnam' experience sympathetically told for both sides.
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