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Stalker (1979)

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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.


(as Andrey Tarkovskiy)


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Complete credited cast:
Alisa Freyndlikh ...
Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy ...
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ...
Nikolay Grinko ...
Natalya Abramova ...
Marta, doch Stalkera (as Natasha Abramova)
Faime Jurno ...
Sobesednitsa Pisatelya (as F. Yurna)
E. Kostin ...
Lyuger - khozyain kafe
Raymo Rendi ...
Patrulnyy politseyskiy (as R. Rendi)


Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife's objections, a man rises in the early morning and leaves her with their disabled daughter to meet two men. He's a Stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one's secret hopes come true. His clients are a burned out popular writer, cynical, and questioning his talent; and a quiet scientist more concerned about his knapsack than the journey. In the deserted Zone, the approach to the Room must be indirect. As they draw near, the rules seem to change and the stalker faces a crisis. Written by <>

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The Zone of the film was inspired by a nuclear accident that took place near Chelyabinsk in 1957. Several hundred square kilometers were polluted by fallout and abandoned; of course there was no official mention of this forbidden zone at the time. See more »


[first lines]
Stalker's Wife: [sub-titled from Russian] Why did you take my watch?
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Referenced in Zemlja istine, ljubavi i slobode (2000) See more »


Written by Maurice Ravel
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Not Sci-Fi?
5 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some have claimed that "Stalker" is not a science fiction film. I'd say it's more of a science fiction film than most of what Hollywood passes off as part of the genre, most of which are simply action films with a sci-fi bent. Stalker is science fiction in the vein of the genres greatest writers like Phillip K. Dick and Stanislaw Lem. It's pure science fiction, based on science, metaphysics and speculation, not some action fantasy or space opera that fits into the genre on the technicality that it takes place "in the future" or "a long, long time ago". The film is slow...very slow but it has to be to put you into the mindset of the film. After the opening 30 minutes the pacing actually draws you into the film in a more personal way more than any Cyborg-post-apocalyptic-hell crap Hollywood could spew out. This film is truly sci-fi, and truly great sci-fi.

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