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The Red and the White (1967)
"Csillagosok, katonák" (original title)

 |  Drama, War  |  20 September 1968 (USA)
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In 1919, Hungarian Communists aid the Bolsheviks' defeat of Czarists, the Whites. Near the Volga, a monastery and a field hospital are held by one side then the other. Captives are executed... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
József Madaras ...
Hungarian Commander
Tibor Molnár ...
András Kozák ...
Laszlo
Jácint Juhász ...
Istvan
Anatoli Yabbarov ...
Captain Chelpanov
Sergey Nikonenko ...
Cossack Officer
Mikhail Kozakov ...
Nestor
Bolot Beyshenaliev ...
Chingiz
Tatyana Konyukhova ...
Yelizaveta the Matron (as Tatiana Koniukova)
Krystyna Mikolajewska ...
Olga
Viktor Avdyushko ...
Sailor
Gleb Strizhenov ...
Colonel
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White Officer
Vladimir Prokofyev
Valentin Bryleev
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In 1919, Hungarian Communists aid the Bolsheviks' defeat of Czarists, the Whites. Near the Volga, a monastery and a field hospital are held by one side then the other. Captives are executed or sent running naked into the woods. Neither side has a plan, and characters the camera picks out soon die. A White Cossack officer kills a Hungarian and is executed by his own superiors when he tries to rape a milkmaid. At the hospital, White officers order nurses into the woods, dressed in finery, to waltz. A nurse aids the Reds, then they accuse her of treason for following White orders. Red soldiers walk willingly, singing, into an overwhelming force. War seems chaotic and arbitrary. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One of the best anti-war movies ever made
16 March 1999 | by (Pasadena, California) – See all my reviews

This is a great, great film. It's very unusual and not geared to all tastes. It follows differing groups of soldiers as they fight each other and take prisoners, or evade capture, or hide in villages. There is no plot. You simply follow one group of soldiers until something happens and you follow another group. You feel sympathy for the soldiers; until they commit a heinous act, and you hate them. It's really about the arbitrarious of war and how it reduces men to animals. Not for the faint of heart, it is nonetheless the best antiwar movie I've seen.


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