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
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: 1962 San Francisco Film Festival Best Picture
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Official submission of Soviet Union for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 36th Academy Awards in 1964. See more
When Kholin and Galtsev take Ivan across the river in the boat, a tree into the water falls near them. It is supposed to be because of the military action taking place, but it can be seen that the base of the tree has been sawn across in a straight line. 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