Two soldiers become best friends during the Civil War in Russia in the 1920's.

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Credited cast:
Oleg Yankovskiy ...
Andrei Nekrasov
Rolan Bykov ...
Ivan Karyakin
Anatoliy Papanov ...
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Nikolay Kryuchkov
Alla Demidova ...
Vladimir Vysotskiy ...
Alexander Brusentsov
Iya Savvina ...
Alexandra
Pyotr Krylov
Rostislav Yankovskiy
Roman Tkachuk
Nikolai Parfyonov
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V. Badayev
Vyacheslav Berezko ...
(as V. Beryozko)
Valentina Berezutskaya
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Set during the last days of the civil war that followed the Russian Revolution. The Crimea Peninsula is the last stronghold of the White Guard, and the Red Army is planning the final assault. The first story line of the movie follows two Red Army soldiers: unlikely friends Nekrasov and Karyakin. The second story line is about a White Guard officer Brusentsov who is devoted to Russia and his cause but sees it being destroyed day by day. Written by Boris Shafir

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21 October 1968 (Soviet Union)  »

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Colonel: Comrades, what is Crimea? Nothing, a little spot. I can close it with my palm on the map. But of course only a very stupid fool can say anything like that.
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The Civil War in Russia as seen from both sides
16 March 2005 | by (Moscow, Paris and elsewhere) – See all my reviews

Maybe it's the best Soviet movie that ever appeared. The date is 1920, when the White armies were finally defeated and driven out by Bolsheviks. The ultimate battle took place in Crimea, a small peninsula in the South Russia. We can see the battle from different points of view. Four central actors are astonishing. Yankovski, as a intellectual who fights for the Revolution but cannot blindly believe in its ideology; Bykov, playing a real Red commissary, naive as a child, cruel and enthusiastic; Vysotski, a White officer, disillusioned and sardonic; Savvina, a White nurse, patriot of Russia and of 'White cause'. Many episodes will stay in your memory forever, as, for example, the White officers who enter the sea, preferring death to giving up. The movie is enlightened by a wonderful sense of humor - sometimes simple and robust, when coming from Red soldiers, sometimes elegant and melancholic with the noble officers.


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