The Sixth

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The Sixth
Shestoj poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Samvel Gasparov
Production
  company
Gorky Film Studio
Release date(s) 1981
Running time 83 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The Sixth (Russian: Шестой, translit. Shestoy) is a 1981 Soviet film directed by Samvel Gasparov at Gorky Film Studio.

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The Sixth is a parable about lawlessness and bureaucracy in the aftermath of the Great October Revolution. The film could be categorized as an "Ostern" type of movie, with a lawman hero who faces up to corruption against the odds, although no one around has any faith in his abilities.

It is set in 1923 and the Russian Civil War has come to an end, although the situation is still dangerous in some regions. An elusive band of White guards is hiding in the mountains, raiding Soviet institutions and making short work of the representatives of local government. Five chiefs have already been killed by the "whites" and the intimidated townsfolk believe the sixth one is also doomed. The protagonist is the sixth militia chief, but he is shrewder than his predecessors.

Recognizing the superior firepower of his well-armed and zealous enemies, he attempts to mobilise the people in the towns and help them regain faith and hope. He learns that there is a leak in his organisation and that someone is informing the band of all planned operations. He decides to use this very leak against the bandits.

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