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26 December 1960 (USA) See more »
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During World War II, 19 year old soldier Alyosha gets a medal as a reward for a heroic act at the front... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

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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)
Leonid Chubarov ... General's aide (as L. Chubarov)
Vladimir Kashpur ... Zoya's husband (as V. Kashpur)
Valentin Abramov ... Mitya (boy with clock) (as V. Abramov)
Mikhail Dadyko ... Old man on train ('Don't worry, it will work out') (as M. Dadyko)
Semyon Svashenko ... Old Ukrainian (as S. Svashenko)
Nina Menshikova ... Telegraph Office clerk
Valentin Bryleev ... Boy with bubbles on stairwell (as V. Bryleyev)
Evgeniy Evstigneev ... Truck driver who changed his mind (as E. Evstigneev)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuriy Dubrovin ... Pavlov's buddy

Directed by
Grigoriy Chukhray 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Grigoriy Chukhray  (as G. Chukhraj)
Valentin Ezhov  (as V. Yezhov)

Produced by
M. Chernova .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mikhail Ziv  (as M. Ziv)
 
Cinematography by
Vladimir Nikolayev  (as V. Nikolayev)
Era Savelyeva  (as E. Savelyeva)
 
Film Editing by
Mariya Timofeeva  (as M. Timofeeva)
 
Production Design by
Boris Nemechek  (as B. Nemechek)
 
Costume Design by
Lyudmila Ryashentseva  (as L. Ryashentseva)
 
Makeup Department
M. Agafonova .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
P. Danilyants .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Venyamin Kirshenbaum .... sound (as V. Kirshenbaum)
 
Special Effects by
Sergei Mukhin .... special effects director
V. Rylach .... special effects operator
 
Music Department
Arnold Roytman .... conductor (as A. Roytman)
 
Other crew
M. Sergiyenko .... consultant
 

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Also Known As:
"Ballada o soldate" - Soviet Union (original title)
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88 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in Ballada o Bombere (2011) (V)See more »

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28 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Well worth a look!, 21 October 1998
Author: Allan Fineberg from Fair Lawn, NJ, USA

Ballad of a Soldier is a fine, humanistic view of war as experienced by a young Russian soldier. The young soldier is everything a Boy Scout should be: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverend. Well, maybe hold the reverend.

Having managed to save a bunch of his comrades from certain death at the hands of the Nazis, the young soldier is called to the general's hq. There, the general tells him he's putting the lad's name in for a medal of valor. Fine, says the boy, but could I please go home to see my mother?

The general hesitates, but encouraged by the soldiers surrounding him, he lets the boy go home, making him promise to get to see his mother and come back to the front within four days.

So the lad goes home, and along the way he does favors for some of his comrades, he helps a lovely young maiden in distress, and he generally spreads good will. He gets home in time to give his mom a hug - there's an incredible scene with him and his dear old mom (wearing a babushka) running toward each other through a field of wheat. Then he wipes away her tears, and tells her he's got to go back. Immediately. A promise is a promise.

What a film. If you can watch this one without crying over the human condition, you're just plain not human!

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