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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alisa Freyndlikh ...
Zhena Stalkera
Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy ...
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ...
Nikolay Grinko ...
Professor
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)
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

17 April 1980 (Netherlands)  »

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RUR 6,000,000 (estimated)
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(Sovcolor)| | (Eastmancolor)

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Much of the film is inspired by his father's poetry, Arseny Tarkovsky. See more »

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[first lines]
Stalker's Wife: [sub-titled from Russian] Why did you take my watch?
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Stalker is not boring
19 December 2004 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

It seems to me that I see Tarkovsky' movies differently from many other people. For me this film is not "too long" or boring. For me this is one of the best movies ever made.

Western culture has a very long tradition of film-making. Usually typical western movie is focused on "story". (Of course - not always) The sharpness and tension of the movie are achieved by the big number of cuts or by the fast varying of shots or by the sudden varying of plans or by some surprising angle of camera etc. Tarkovsky don't like cuts. The number of cuts is minimal. His camera is moving like in dream (Bergman envied Tarkovsky for that), it has no angles at all. Colours are pale, "dirty", very tender, soft, almost black-and-white.

In a typical western movie dialog is followed by the camera. Picture is illustrating text and is subordinated to it. In Stalker text and visual image are coexisting, cooperating with each-other. Both are moving on their own ways but at the same time, somehow - harmonically. Text and picture are not subordinated, they are both independent.

Why is Tarkovsky using such a weird language? Surely not only because he wants to opposite the dogmas of western cinema. He has a positive message too. Audience of his films has to understand his films not only at the level of thinking or emotions, but at the level of much deeper consciousness. Therefore watching his movies means rather meditation than watching-TV-and-eating-popcorn. The purpose of Tarkovsky's films is to loose the mind of audiences, to wake it up to much deeper attention. So that audiences can simply watch and see.

Stalker is not an entertainment and is not supposed to be. It means there is no sense at all to watch Stalker, when you need some amusing entertainment. Stalker is a serious movie. It is very narrow-minded to evaluate movies on the assumption of entertainment only. Of course, we live in the world of movie-consumers, produced by powerful film-companies, demanding more and more and more exciting entertainment. Consumer doesn't understand this movie. For him it is big bore.


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