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Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (1973)
"V boy idut odni 'stariki'" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | War  -  1973 (Soviet Union)
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Stunning WWII flying sequences as the Soviet Air Force battles the Luftwaffe. Veteran Russian pilots teach their new recruits about life, death & love. When the older men fly into battle, ... See full summary »

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Leonid Bykov ...
Titarenko
Sergei Podgornyj ...
Smuglyanka
Sergei Ivanov ...
Kuznechik
Rustam Sagdullayev ...
Romeo
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Masha
Olga Mateshko ...
Zoya
Vladimir Talashko ...
Skvortzov
Aleksei Smirnov ...
Makarych
Viktor Miroshnichenko ...
Kompolka
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Yuriy Sarantsev
Alim Fedorinsky ...
Alyabyev (as A. Fyodorinsky)
Vano Yantbelidze ...
Vano (as V. Yantbelidze)
Aleksandr Nemchenko ...
Ivan Fedorovich (as A. Nemchenko)
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Stunning WWII flying sequences as the Soviet Air Force battles the Luftwaffe. Veteran Russian pilots teach their new recruits about life, death & love. When the older men fly into battle, will the young pilots be ready to fight - and how many will return? Written by Anonymous

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6 November 2013 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

a lovely film. few lines and a profound message. a war film but far to be another movie about heroic events and mounts of dead. it is poetry and music. homage and wise example to be more than political instrument. a film about human links, not complicated, about joy and sacrifices. a film of characters because each of them is a seductive sketch. a film about Soviet Union as a large family but without the veil of propaganda. it is strange its freshness. the explanation is simple - the values who defines ordinaries lives. the war is short, the music is eternal and this is the heart of its force and charm and science to present basic truth in perfect light, in the best form. nostalgic and tender. a slice from a great cinema school.


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