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Stalker (1979)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  17 April 1980 (Netherlands)
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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17 April 1980 (Netherlands)  »

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RUR 6,000,000 (estimated)

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(Sovcolor)| | (Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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According the film's Sound Designer, Vladimir Sharun, at least 3 members of the crew (including the director) died as a result of chemical contamination encountered on location in Estonia. See more »


[first lines]
Stalker's Wife: [sub-titled from Russian] Why did you take my watch?
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Referenced in Europa (1991) See more »


An die Freude
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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26 September 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This movie is so strange. When i saw it, i realized that it was beautiful, that it was really good. but what really fascinates me is that some of the pictures and emotions i experienced in the movie keep reappearing afterwards. They haunt me so to say and i've got an incredible urge to watch the movie again. I've never experienced this so vividly and uncontrollable. Normally it's you who "summon" the pictures and feelings from the movie when you find cues (feelings/pictures) to it in your environment.

But this movie just keeps appearing without no obvious reason at all, filling you with feelings and beautiful images out of the blue.

See it and make up your own mind, could be i'm just on the verge of going mad after all ;)

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