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Teheran 43

Soviet film poster
Directed by Alexander Alov,
Vladimir Naumov
Written by Alexander Alov,
Vladimir Naumov
Starring Natalya Belokhvostikova,
Igor Kostolevsky,
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan,
Alain Delon,
Claude Jade
Music by Georges Garvarentz, Mieczysław Weinberg
Distributed by Mosfilm et al.
Release date(s) 1981
Running time 192 min.
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

Teheran 43 is a 1981 USSR-France-Switzerland film made by Mosfilm, Mediterraneo Cine and Pro Dis Film, directed by Aleksandr Alov and Vladimir Naumov.

The film was the leader of Soviet distribution in 1981 and had 47.5 million viewers. It won the Golden Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival in 1981.[1]


Alternative titles

The film was shown internationally under the following names:

  • Тегеран-43 (USSR)
  • Assassination Attempt (USA)
  • Teheran 43: Spy Ring (USA)
  • The Eliminator (Australia)
  • Eliminaattori (Finland)
  • Killer sind immer unterwegs (West Germany)
  • Nido di spie (Italy)
  • Téhéran 43 (France)
  • Teerã 43 (Brazil)
  • تهران ۴3 (Iran)


The movie is about an assassination attempt on Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Teheran Conference 1943.

Teheran 43 starts in 1980 in Paris. The memories of hero Andrei take the story back to 1943. The Germans planned to assassinate the three men. 37 years later, the German agent Max lives with Françoise, a young Parisian woman, who hides him. But another Nazi, Scherner, is hunting down Max who failed to carry out the planned assassinations. Max trusts Françoise, but he doesn't know that she works for Scherner. Another plot in the movie is the romance between Andrei and the French woman Marie in 1943, followed in 1980.



The music score for the movie was composed by Georges Garvarentz and Mieczysław Weinberg. Charles Aznavour's theme song "Une Vie D'amour" (Russian: Вечная любовь,Vechnaya lyubov), performed by Aznavour and fellow French pop music star and friend Mireille Mathieu, became very popular in Russia as well as abroad. Its popularity is attributed to the success of the film, and today is considered by many to be one of Aznavour's best songs.[2]


  1. ^ Moscow International Film Festival 1981 awards
  2. ^ Charles Aznavour's Greatest Hits

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