During World War II, 12-year old Ivan works as a spy on the eastern front. The small Ivan can cross the German lines unnoticed to collect information. Three Soviet officers try to take care of this boy-child. Written by
Did You Know?
The movie was based on a short story "Ivan" by Vladimir Bogomolov
. Andrei Tarkovsky
wrote in his book "Sculpting in Time" later that he did not find the book very good, but stories that were not well written were easier to adapt into films. See more
In the famous "Well Scene" Ivan's mother says "If A well is too deep you can see a star in it even in the day time". While speaking she is standing on the left hand side of Ivan but when their reflection is shown in water she is standing on the right hand side. Lateral Inversion has not been depicted correctly. Please have a look. See more
Mamma, there's a cuckoo up there!
Referenced in Life as a Dream
Ne velyat Mashe
[Song played on the gramophone. English translation: "Masha is not allowed beyond the river".] See more