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Ballad of a Soldier (1959)

Ballada o soldate (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 26 December 1960 (USA)
Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pvt. Alyosha Skvortsov (as Volodya Ivashov)
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Shura
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The mother
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The general
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Vasya (the invalid)
Elza Lezhdey ...
The invalid's wife (as E. Lezhdej)
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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)
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Zoya (neighbor girl) (as M. Kremnnyova)
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Pavlov's invalid father (as V. Pokrovsky)
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Sergeant giving bars of soap (as G. Yumatov)
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Pvt. Seryozha Pavlov (as G. Yukhtin)
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Old woman truck driver (as V. Telegina)
Lev Borisov ...
Joking soldier on train (as L. Borisov)
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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>

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The most human of Russian films
3 January 1999 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

Chukrai has made a film that combines the great Russian visual style with the most human of filmmaking. Ivashov is superb as the soldier who knows his duty as well as his family. A movie that reaches and touches its audience for many reasons and on many levels. Of all the Russian films I've seen this is the one that touched my heart.


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