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26 December 1960 (USA) See more »
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The Critics All Agree It's Great...And So Will You! See more »
Plot:
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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Clutching at your heart-strings See more (46 total) »

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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Additional Details

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

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42 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Clutching at your heart-strings, 29 April 2005
Author: Michael Bo (michael.bo@pol.dk) from Copenhagen, Denmark

Alyosha, a 19-year old private in the Soviet army, more or less by accident neutralizes three German tanks and is allowed to return home to see his mother and fix her roof on a six-day leave. On a train he meets another stow-away, the timid Shura, and falls in love. The movie depicts the people he meets on his way home through war-torn Russia.

This is an amazing film, a kind of shaggy-dog story and one you are not liable to forget. It is so extremely well-paced in a natural, flowing rhythm with a smooth, unassuming camera and lovely lighting. Be that all is it may, whatever the film's affinities with Pudovkin masterpieces such as 'Earth' and 'Deserter', 'Ballad of a Soldier' is all heart, empathy and sincerity, and it will clutch at your heart-strings.

The boy is not yet jaded in the grown-up fashion, and the people he meets stir him into immediate sympathy, Alyosha is simply one of the most likable characters you will encounter in a film, without being trite or cutesy. And the people he meets are hardly ever as sympathetic as he is, witness private Pavlov's girlfriend, whom Alyosha promised to bring the soap as a gift. When he gets there, she has a lover visiting her, and although Alyosha judges her, the film itself does not. Its description of budding young love is enchanting, but it has, finally, its own bitter irony.

Watch this whenever you get the chance. Do not let prejudice about what you think Soviet cinema is like detain you.

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