Ali Hamroyev Films
Director: Ali Hamroyev
USSR, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, 1979, 91’, color
Cast: Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Gulya Tashbayeva, Oleg Fedulov
Russian with Turkish subtitles
Like The Seventh Bullet, The Bodyguard is an example of the "Red Western," set again during the Basmachi Revolt of the 1920s. This time, however, the primary reference point is not Sergio Leone, but the classic Hollywood westerns of Budd Boetticher and Anthony Mann. When a Basmachi leader is captured, the Red Army enlists a veteran local hunter to escort the prisoner, accompanied by his servant and daughter, across difficult terrain, pursued every step of the way by a relentless Basmachi usurper and his soothsayer wife.