Turkish Gambit: A reviewPosted: January 15, 2014
It starts with a skirmish in a field of sunflowers, a daring escape from captivity, a dice game in a Turkish tavern, and a battle between Bashi-Bazouks and Cossacks … and that is just the first fifteen minutes of the film!
This is an all-action film with lots a small details to delight and enthuse anyone interested in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877. For example the Russians are seen using an early steam-powered traction engine and a hydrogen balloon.
It is also a spy story that keeps the watcher guessing until the end as to which of the leading characters is the Turkish master spy who is enabling the Turks to continually stay one step ahead of the Russians.
But in my opinion the best parts of the film are the battle scenes, especially the Russian attacks on Plevna.
They alone were worth the purchase price of the DVD … and I can see myself watching and re-watching them time and time again.