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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 ...
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Nikolai Aparin ...
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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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23 October 1959 (Finland)  »

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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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Forgotten Masterpiece
14 July 2009 | by (Uruguay) – See all my reviews

This movie is almost completely forgotten. It isn't on Amazon as a DVD (as many other great films). I came to it almost by mere chance, and I got the greatest surprise of my life. I differ with some of the other commentaries. This movie DOES make you feel how the character suffered. IT IS believable (the acting is superb) and you only have to think what it all would be like (to loose all your family, or be in a war). This can be regarded as epic as Lawrence of Arabia. It's masterfully shot (Bondarchuk, main actor and filmmaker, makes technique agonize at his feet) and the theme is universal. Planes, tanks, soldiers, moving from one side to the other. This looks like a Spielberg super production, with a camera free of physical barriers. I thought I was going to watch a normal movie, but I ended up seeing one of my personal favorites. This film WILL BE highly celebrated one day, trust me.


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