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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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Rare evocation of history's worst war on the home front 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
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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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Also Known As:
"Ballada o soldate" - Soviet Union (original title)
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88 min
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65 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Rare evocation of history's worst war on the home front, 24 March 2002
Author: Oct (wjphillips@clara.co.uk) from London, England

In connection with the cinema's 100th anniversary, the BBC invited a number of celebrities to choose personal favourites. Michael Douglas picked this neglected Soviet-era classic, thus making full amends for his choice of knitwear in the 'Basic Instinct' disco scene.

Made towards the end of Khruschev's "thaw", when artists were allowed out on a looser rein, the film depicts an accidental hero: a somewhat gormless, naive, gawky country boy drafted into the front line. His bravery is momentary and reflexive but wins him a coveted spot of leave. (The Red Army did not give its soldiers any time off in the ordinary way.) He tries to get back to his home village long enough to put a new roof on his mother's shack of a house, but is delayed en route, and has time only to greet her and say goodbye before returning to duty and death.

Alyosha is swimming against the tide. The Soviets are pushing forward, pushing the Germans out of their land, but he encounters more chaos, misery and stoic endurance than jubilation: a one-legged veteran who fears his wife will spurn him, a mother driving a lorry whose son was killed, a surly rear-echelon private who tries to kick him off the train on which he and his equally shy girlfriend have bummed a ride. The atmosphere of disruption, of thousands of lives turned upside down, is brilliantly accumulated by such cameos with hardly any actual 'action'.

There is no Communist preaching to speak of, and significantly the spoken narrative over the sky at the end says: "He would have been a fine man... but we remember him just as a soldier- a Russian soldier." Not as a Bolshevik comrade, not as a freedom-fighter against fascism: the film is true to the truth of the "Great Patriotic War", in which millions of Alyoshas fought and died for their patch of earth, not for ideology or Stalin.

Chukhrai's later movies have not been seen widely in the West. They should be.

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