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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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Argentinian cinéaste Eliseo Subiela and his father wept inconsolably after watching this humanist masterpiece. See more (45 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)
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Yuriy Dubrovin ... Pavlov's buddy
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Directed by
Grigoriy Chukhray 
 
Writing credits
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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 Life as a Dream (2007) (V)See more »

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32 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Argentinian cinéaste Eliseo Subiela and his father wept inconsolably after watching this humanist masterpiece., 1 June 2007
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world

In the 1950s, 2 very critically acclaimed Russian films were made. The first film was "The cranes are flying" by Mikhail Kolotozov. It is true that it was a good film but it was more of a love story. If there is a film which all human beings must watch, it is "Ballad of a soldier" made by the great Russian cinéaste Grigori Chukrai. I still have vivid memories of this film, although I saw it in 1986 on India's only public television network called "Doordarshan". What I like the most about this film is that it has tremendous emotional power to move anyone regardless of that person's ideologies or beliefs. It talks of war without begging for kindness, mercy or pity. Such is the greatness of this masterpiece. In my opinion," Ballad of a soldier" is not only the greatest Russian film ever made, it is one of the greatest world cinema gems too. For those who have not yet seen it, one word of advice. Throw away all your Hollywood flicks and watch this humanist masterpiece. PS :10 out of 10 is a understatement. "Ballad of a soldier" would easily fetch 100 out of 10.

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