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Ukroshcheniye ognya (1972)

 -  Biography | Drama | History  -  June 1973 (USA)
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About Russian space program and missile industry, and it's founder Sergei P. Korolev, from the 1920s to the first man in space in 1961.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirill Lavrov ...
Andrei Bashkirtsev
Ada Rogovtseva ...
Igor Gorbachyov ...
Andrei Popov ...
Igor Vladimirov ...
Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy ...
Vsevolod Safonov ...
Zinoviy Gerdt ...
Svetlana Korkoshko ...
Zoya Konstantinova
Michael Karelin (as P. Shelokhonov)
Yuri Leonidov ...
(as Yu. Leonidov)
Igor Petrovsky ...
(as I. Petrovsky)
Andro Kobaladze ...
Stalin (as A. Kobaladze)
Galiks Kolchitsky ...
Igor Kurchatov (as G. Kolchinsky)
Lavr Lyndin ...
First Cosmonaut (as L. Lyndin)


Epic film based on a true story about Russian space and missile industry and it's founder Sergei P. Korolev (as the leading character Andrei Bashkirtsev). Before WWII he develops the first rocket launch center in Central Russia and makes the "Katyusha" weapon. In spite of his arrest and imprisonment, he continues working on rocket design. He is released from prison upon his request to fight in the front-line against the Nazis. After WWII he makes a new rocket system for the nuclear missiles program, and another new rocket that launched "Sputnik" in 1957. Next achievement is the first man in space and several other human space missions. Korolev's uncompromising character causes him many problems with Soviet politicians, and he dies from a heart attack. His mission is carried on by his colleagues. Note: Footages of Baykonur Kosmodrome in Kazakhstan and of the Soviet Space Center in Moscow are adding authenticity to the film, but most of the footage had not been released to the public. ... Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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June 1973 (USA)  »

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Taming of the Fire  »

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Estimated budget in today's economy is over US$100 million. All Soviet movie industry was part of the government which employed all actors, crew and staff and also provided all equipment, transportation, accommodation and special effects for the movie - including numerous rocket science sites and actual launches of Soviet space rockets at several top secret locations, such as Baykonur Kosmodrome in Kazakstan, Space centers in Crimea, Ukraine, OKB 1 and OKB 3 Space labs in Samara and Saratov and Gagarin Space center near Moscow. See more »

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Important document of Russian history
16 December 2009 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

Ukroshcheniye ognya (1972) is probably among several most important visual documents of the 20th Century Russian\Soviet history. The film was made in dangerous times of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the USA, when the two superpowers were about to destroy each other with nuclear missiles. Deadly Russian missiles and nuclear explosions, and more interesting stuff is superbly shown in this epic film. It isn't important that the leading character is based on Sergei Korolyov, who was the number one rocket scientist in the Soviet Union. More important about this movie is the rare view through the Iron Curtain, an original insight into the Kremlin politics, some intriguing atmosphere of Soviet secrecy and enigmatic ambiance of Russian military science of that era. Lavrov's acting is superb, as he leads a nice ensemble of top Russian stars, such as Smoktunovsky, Kuznetsova, Gerdt and Popov with other actors. Excellent cinematography with two cameras. Powerful depiction of the first military use of missiles during the Nazi invasion of Russia in WWII. Interesting shots of Russian space centers and rare footages from the original flight of Gagarin - the first man in space. This epic is a desirable collector's item.

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