MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 5,459 this week

Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
"Ballada o soldate" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  26 December 1960 (USA)
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 6,056 users  
Reviews: 47 user | 34 critic

During World War II, 19 year old soldier Alyosha gets a medal as a reward for a heroic act at the front. Instead of this medal he asks for a few days leave to visit his mother and repair ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 19 Jun 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 30 Jan 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 02 Feb 2013
 
War
a list of 43 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ballad of a Soldier (1959)

Ballad of a Soldier (1959) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ballad of a Soldier.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Fate of a Man (1959)
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk
Stars: Sergey Bondarchuk, Pavel Boriskin, Zinaida Kirienko
The Ascent (1977)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Two Soviet partisans depart their starving band on a short march to a nearby farm to get supplies. The Germans have reached the farm first, so the pair must go on a journey deep into ... See full summary »

Director: Larisa Shepitko
Stars: Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Sergey Yakovlev
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Four geologists are searching for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Stars: Tatyana Samoylova, Evgeniy Urbanskiy, Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love.

Director: Vladimir Menshov
Stars: Vera Alentova, Irina Muravyova, Aleksey Batalov
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

During World War II, 12-year old Ivan works as a spy on the eastern front. The small Ivan can cross the German lines unnoticed to collect information. Three Soviet officers try to take care... See full summary »

Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky, Eduard Abalov
Stars: Nikolay Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, Evgeniy Zharikov
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A soldier of the Red Army named Sukhov has been fighting in the Russian Civil War in Russian Asia for many years. Just as he is about to return home to his wife, Sukhov is chosen to guard ... See full summary »

Director: Vladimir Motyl
Stars: Anatoliy Kuznetsov, Spartak Mishulin, Kakhi Kavsadze
Drama | War | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two great armies duel to the death with a million guns and ten thousand tanks - THE GREAT BATTLE.

Directors: Yuriy Ozerov, Julius Kun
Stars: Nikolay Olyalin, Larisa Golubkina, Boris Zajdenberg
Clear Skies (1961)
Romance | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

During the 1950s Sasha Lvova reminisces about the WW2 years when she fell in love with Soviet fighter pilot Aleksei Astakhov.

Director: Grigoriy Chukhray
Stars: Nina Drobysheva, Evgeniy Urbanskiy, Natalya Kuzmina
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Grigoriy Chukhray
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Ornella Muti, Otar Koberidze
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

In July 1942, in the Second World War, the rearguard of the Red army protects the bridgehead of the Don River against the German army while the retreating soviet troops cross the bridge. ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk
Stars: Vasiliy Shukshin, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergey Bondarchuk
True Friends (1954)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Stars: Vasiliy Merkurev, Boris Chirkov, Aleksandr Borisov
Tryasina (1978)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Grigoriy Chukhray
Stars: Nonna Mordyukova, Vadim Spiridonov, Andrey Nikolaev
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vladimir Ivashov ...
Pvt. Alyosha Skvortsov (as Volodya Ivashov)
Zhanna Prokhorenko ...
Shura
Antonina Maksimova ...
The mother
Nikolay Kryuchkov ...
The general
Evgeniy Urbanskiy ...
Vasya (the invalid)
Elza Lezhdey ...
The invalid's wife (as E. Lezhdej)
Aleksandr Kuznetsov ...
Gavrilkin (the train sentry) (as A. Kuznetsov)
Evgeniy Teterin ...
The lieutenant ('A terrible beast') (as Ye. Teterin)
Valentina Markova ...
Liza (Pavlov's wife) (as V. Markova)
Marina Kremnyova ...
Zoya (neighbor girl) (as M. Kremnnyova)
Vladimir Pokrovskiy ...
Pavlov's invalid father (as V. Pokrovsky)
Georgiy Yumatov ...
Sergeant giving bars of soap (as G. Yumatov)
Gennadiy Yukhtin ...
Pvt. Seryozha Pavlov (as G. Yukhtin)
Valentina Telegina ...
Old woman truck driver (as V. Telegina)
Lev Borisov ...
Joking soldier on train (as L. Borisov)
Edit

Storyline

During World War II, 19 year old soldier Alyosha gets a medal as a reward for a heroic act at the front. Instead of this medal he asks for a few days leave to visit his mother and repair the roof of their home. On the train eastwards he meets Shura who is on her way to her aunt. In those few days traveling together they fall in love. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

medal | love | mother | soldier | train | See All (42) »

Taglines:

The Critics All Agree It's Great...And So Will You! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 December 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ballad of a Soldier  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Traffic Jam (1991) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Beautiful and moving
27 December 2004 | by (Vancouver, B.C.) – See all my reviews

In World War Two, almost thirty million Russian soldiers and civilians were killed in the fight against fascism, a fact mainly ignored during the paranoia of the Cold War. In our attempt to demonize everything Russian, we also overlooked stories of individual heroism. In 1959, Russian director Grigory Chukhraj made a film attempting to describe "what happens when the world loses a single person" and it is a masterpiece. The beautiful and moving Ballad of a Soldier tells a personal story that illuminates how war can ravish both an individual and a country. The film is set in Russia in the midst of the war. Pvt. Alyosha Skvortsov (Vladimir Ivashov), a signaller, has earned a commendation by destroying two German tanks. Instead of accepting a medal, he requests to be granted a four-day leave to go home and visit his mother.

We learn early through the narration that this soldier did not survive the war so his journey home to visit his mother for one last time becomes all the more poignant. The film, however, is not about a destination but about a journey. The four-day trip encompasses a lifetime of experience. Before hiding out in a freight car, Alyosha encourages a soldier (Yevgeny Urbansky) who has lost his leg to go home to his wife. Along the way, he hitches a ride on a rain-soaked road with a woman deprived of sleep for 48 hours. He brings a present of soap to an unfaithful wife of another soldier but changes his mind and gives it to her father who longs for his son's return. He also meets Shura (Zhanna Prokhorenko), a radiant young woman who, like him, hides out in a freight car. Reluctant at first and fearful of Alyosha, the young couple experiences their first love in several sensitive scenes but it is to be short-lived.

Ballad of a Soldier, of course, aims to present Russian soldiers in the best possible light yet Chukhraj does not hesitate to show his characters as real human beings with flaws. A venal security guard is willing to grant the young soldier free passage in a freight car in exchange for cans of beef, and the wife of a soldier is unfaithful to her soldier husband, a sequence that landed the director in trouble with the Russian censors. In Alyosha, Chukhraj has created a good person: kind, loving, and noble but not larger than life, a soldier perhaps typical of millions of young men who gave their lives to protect their homeland. Their struggle and personal sacrifice has been immortalized in a great film.


72 of 77 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
one of the best war movies ever richsparta
where are russians... rajiv_kuin
Heartbreaking johnryder86
What a beautiful movie hpord1
LAST ten min. Friesen_471
Music hg_b1
Discuss Ballad of a Soldier (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?