MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 12,673 this week

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

Not Rated  |   |  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 6,438 users  
Reviews: 53 user | 36 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:

Writers:

(as G. Chukhraj) , (as V. Yezhov)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 09 Apr 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 29 Oct 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 01 Feb 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 09 Mar 2014
 
a list of 27 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)
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 search for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Stars: Tatyana Samoylova, Evgeniy Urbanskiy, Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy
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
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This melodrama revolves around the post-war meeting reunion an intelligent front-line officer, now happily married, and a woman street vendor. This encounter reawakens in them submerged ... See full summary »

Director: Pyotr Todorovskiy
Stars: Nikolay Burlyaev, Natalya Andreychenko, Inna Churikova
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Stunning WWII flying sequences as the Soviet Air Force battles the Luftwaffe. Veteran Russian pilots teach their new recruits about life, death & love. When the older men fly into battle, ... See full summary »

Director: Leonid Bykov
Stars: Leonid Bykov, Sergei Podgornyj, Sergei Ivanov
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 | 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
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Based on the eponymous book by Boris Vasilyev, the film is set in Karelia (North-West of Russia, near Finland) in 1941 during WWII. In a beautiful and quiet wilderness far from the ... See full summary »

Director: Stanislav Rostotskiy
Stars: Andrey Martynov, Irina Dolganova, Elena Drapeko
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
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An elderly veterinary assistant in a small Ukrainian town, Grinia, married to Natalia (he calls 'the old woman'), leaves his isba which has been destroyed by fire. The old couple choose to ... See full summary »

Director: Grigoriy Chukhray
Stars: Ivan Marin, Vera Kuznetsova, Lyudmila Maksakova
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
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 (43) »

Taglines:

From the very pages of life itself! 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?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the best russian movies ever made!
7 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Ballad of a Soldier" along with "Andrei Rublev" is one of my favorite Russian films ever and one of the great movies made in USSR during Khruschev´s so-called "thaw" period in the late 1950s and early 1960s when soviet filmmakers got a certain amount of an artistic freedom and were less controlled by the Soviet state.

Directed and co-written by master Russian filmmaker of a soviet era, and also a WW-2 veteran, Grigory Chukhrai, who was even nominated for this picture for Academy Award for Best Screenplay, the film is set during WW-2. It´s a story of 19 year old Russian soldier who as a reward for a heroic act in fighting with Germans given a 3 day leave home by his commanding officer. We follow the soldier´s journey home through ravished by war land where he meets different people and witnesses how they lives are affected by war and falls in love with a girl whom he occasionally meets on a train. The atmosphere created by this movie is quite unique, rarely before or after achieved on the film. A genuine masterpiece of a world cinema. A must see. 10/10


22 of 25 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:
?