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Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (1974)
"V boy idut odni 'stariki'" (original title)

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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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(as Grigoriy Gladiy)
Yuriy Sarantsev
Alim Fedorinsky ...
Alyabyev (as A. Fyodorinsky)
Vano Yantbelidze ...
Vano (as V. Yantbelidze)
Aleksandr Nemchenko ...
Ivan Fedorovich (as A. Nemchenko)
Boris Boldyrevskiy ...
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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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Fighter pilots' music band
20 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Hi !

This is very interesting WWII fighter pilots' film in international standard!

This fighter wing has own music band played by fighter pilots themselves and the "nose art" of the plane of wing leader is "music score".

Director and main actor, Leonid Bukov is one of very impressive actor in Soviet union 1960-70s era movies who usually took rolls of ordinary citizen or soldier in several films. He never took a roll of famous red army general.

Most of air battle scenes were taken from documentary films. This films focus on a life and death, happy time and sad time, of pilots themselves, and their love with lovely female pilots.

Also I feel special Ukrainian feeling in this film.(This film was made by Ukrainian movie studio during Soviet era)

Beside this one, another Soviet Union Fighter pilot film "Baltiskoe Nyebo" (means, Baltic Sky) is also impressive in different way which focus on the various relations between fighter pilots and citizens of Leningrad under German army's Blockade.


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