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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 Life as a Dream (2007) (V)See more »


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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
"A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.", 5 March 2007
Author: rooprect from New York City

"A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic" is the famous quote by Stalin. In this movie we see a marvellous illustration of the sentiment.

Don't worry; I didn't spoil anything. We learn from the opening narration that this is the story of a fallen hero. With that in mind, the atmosphere of impending tragedy colours the entire film despite the film's rather charming presentation. It's a wonderful irony, because the director opens with such a powerful & nihilistic statement, but then he follows with a sweet and inspiring presentation which you might even call "innocent".

I'm not exactly a fan of war movies, but I don't consider this to be one at all. There are very few details about the war, no politics, no propaganda. Essentially you can replace the Russian uniforms with British, German or Japanese, and the story would remain the same--"The Ballad of a Soldier". Oddly enough, it's the compelling portrayal of rustic life (which he encounters along his journey) that provides the backbone and theme of this film, a very human story.

It reminds me of the Italian classic "Bicycle Thieves" as well as the Japanese masterpiece "Ikuru" by Kurosawa. Each scene packs a lot of heart, and the grand finale brings it all together poetically and artistically. I won't mention any names, but I sure wish certain other artsy Russian directors could be as lucid and authentic in their presentations.

One more thing... I can't end this review without mentioning the SUPERB MUSIC. The composer is listed as Mihkail Ziv, but IMDb offers no biographical info on him. The melody is powerful and epic while being traditional and intimate at the same time. It really mirrors the theme of the film perfectly: things of great importance come in simple packages.

This movie gets 9 stars from me, which is about the highest rating I ever give. See it if you ever get the chance.

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