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The Turkish Gambit is a 2005 Russian historical spy film, an adaptation of Boris Akunin's novel The Turkish Gambit featuring his most famous character, the detective Erast Fandorin. It was directed by Dzhanik Fayziev and written by Akunin himself.[1] The film starred Marat Basharov, Yegor Beroyev and Olga Krasko. The Turkish Gambit was a box office success, although it received mixed reviews from critics.

The Turkish Gambit
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Russian movie poster
Directed byDzhanik Fayziev
Produced byLeonid Vereshchagin
Anatoly Maximov
Konstantin Ernst
Screenplay byBoris Akunin
Janick Faiziev
StarringEgor Beroev
Olga Krasko
Alexander Lykov
Music byVsevolod saxophone
Andrew Feofanov
Release date
  • 2005 (2005)
Running time
132 minutes
Budget$3.5 million
Box office$18,461,000


The film takes place in Bulgaria during the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878). Erast Fandorin is put on the trail of a Turkish agent who is trying to disrupt the Russian advance during the Siege of Plevna. The agent, known as Anwar Efendi, is a master of disguise and has excellent command of Russian.

Change from the bookEdit

Unlike the ending of the book, where French correspondent d'Hervais is exposed as being Anwar in disguise, in the film Anwar turns out to have been posing as a seemingly awkward and stupid Russian captain.

In the book, unlike the film, Fandorin did not escape by clinging to the underbelly of a carriage but was actually released by the governor of Viddin Yusuf Pasha after winning a wager.

The scene where Varvara and Fandorin flew in the balloon never took place in the book and Varvara had no role in discovering the weaknesses of the Turkish defenses.

The scene in the cave with the Lieutenant Luntz did not take place in the book. The character of the homosexual Luntz was created for the movie. The homosexual nature of Kazanzaki is never alluded to in the film. In fact, Fandorin was never once shot at by Anwar Effendi in the book.

In the book, the evidence for Colonel Lukan's involvement in treason was found on him and not in his tent like in the film.

Colonel Lukan was killed in a duel whereby sabres were used rather than pistols.

The book refers to three main failed assaults on Plevna. The film shows only two.

In the book, when Fandorin hears about Osman Pasha's plans to 'surrender' he rushes to Sobolev to urge him to attack Plevna and not to the meeting point of the Turkish 'envoys'.

In the film Fandorin went to Istanbul and showed up at the end in Turkish attire. In the book he never went to Istanbul and arrived wearing European clothing.

In the film Fandorin was happy to see his old friend Count Zurov when Zurov first arrived, whereas in the book the Zurov and Fandorin were not close friends and the first meeting in the tent was rather chilly.



In the opening scene, in the background, a Turkish man says a prayer in Turkish. He says "Long live the Turkish republic", when the Turkish Republic would only be established in 1922, many decades after the time in which the film is set.


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