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Fate of a Man (1959)
"Sudba cheloveka" (original title)

 |  Drama, War  |  12 April 1959 (Poland)
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The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Sergey Bondarchuk ...
Sokolov
Pavel Boriskin ...
Vanja (as Pavlik Boriskin)
Zinaida Kirienko ...
Irina
Pavel Volkov ...
Ivan
Yuri Averin ...
Muller (as Yu. Averin)
Kirill Alekseyev ...
German Major
Pavel Vinnikov
Evgeniy Teterin
Anatoli Chemodurov
Lev Borisov
Georgi Shapovalov
Aleksandr Novikov ...
(as A. Novikov)
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Nikolai Aparin ...
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Vyacheslav Berezko ...
(as V. Beryozko)
Vladimir Ivanov
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The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a prisoner, and his only son was killed in action only a few days before the victory... Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Sokolov: [Snaps to attention] Prisoner Sokolov reporting as ordered.
Muller: So four cubic meters is too much to quarry, eh?
Sokolov: It is, Commandant, far too much.
Muller: And you need only one cubic meter for your grave, right?
Sokolov: Yes, that's quite enough for a grave. Even there'd be room to spare.
Muller: I'm going to do you a great honor. I'll shoot you with my own pistol.
[Gesturing with his gun]
Muller: Let's go into the yard.
Sokolov: Whatever you say.
[Turns sharply about face]
[...]
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31 May 2000 | by (amsterdam) – See all my reviews

This first directorial effort from actor Bondarchuk (mainly known for his monumental War and Peace) shouldn't have starred the director. His ruddy countenance didn't convince me one bit he suffered through all the mishaps in his life during the Great War. Furthermore I found it very hard to believe the Germans went to so much effort to save the lives of these Untermenschen. There were good performances though and it is shot beautifully.

Watch instead Come and See (Idi i Smotri) for a shattering experience of the Great War.


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