The Thirteen

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The Thirteen
The Thirteen.jpg
Directed by Mikhail Romm
Written by Iosif Prut
Mikhail Romm
Starring Ivan Novoseltsev
Yelena Kuzmina
Music by Anatoli Aleksandrov
Cinematography Boris Volchek
Edited by Tatyana Likhachyova
Release date
  • 8 May 1937 (1937-05-08)
Running time
1h 30min
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The Thirteen (Russian: Тринадцать, translit. Trinadtsat) is a 1937 Soviet adventure film directed by Mikhail Romm.


Soviet Central Asia. Ten demobilized Red Army soldiers ride through the desert to the railroad. Three more people are with them: commander of the frontier Zhuravlev and his wife Maria Nikolaevna and an old geologist. In the desert, they find a well and hidden machine guns – this is the base of Basmach Shirmat Khan, whom the Red Army could not neutralize for a whole year. A single soldier is sent out for help while others remain to restrain the Basmachi.

In the well there is almost no water, but the Red Army carefully conceal it from the Basmachi who have approached. The bandits suffer from thirst, but attack violently in an attempt to reach the well. In an unequal battle, nearly all defenders of the well are killed, and the enemies are captured by the cavalry which has come to the rescue.



In 1943 the US film Sahara directed by Zoltan Korda and starring Humphrey Bogart and the 1995 remake was released which shared significant similarities in the plot.


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