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Release Date:
17 April 1980 (Netherlands) See more »
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Plot:
A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Journey into Fear See more (260 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Alisa Freyndlikh ... Zhena Stalkera
Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy ... Stalker
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ... Pisatel
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sergey Yakovlev ... Professor (voice) (uncredited)
Vladimir Zamanskiy ... Sobesednik Professora po telefonu (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrei Tarkovsky  (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
 
Writing credits
Arkadiy Strugatskiy (novel "Piknik na obochine") &
Boris Strugatskiy (novel "Piknik na obochine")

Arkadiy Strugatskiy (screenplay) &
Boris Strugatskiy (screenplay)

Andrei Tarkovsky  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Aleksandra Demidova .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Eduard Artemev 
 
Cinematography by
Aleksandr Knyazhinsky 
Georgi Rerberg (1977)
Leonid Kalashnikov (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Lyudmila Feyginova 
 
Production Design by
Aleksandr Boym (1977)
Andrei Tarkovsky  (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
 
Art Direction by
Shavkat Abdusalamov (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Rashit Safiullin 
 
Costume Design by
Nelli Fomina  (as Nina Fomina)
 
Makeup Department
Vitali Lvov .... key makeup artist (as V. Lvov)
 
Production Management
Tamara Aleksandrovskaya .... assistant production manager (as T. Aleksandrovskaya)
Willie Geller .... production manager (1977)
Vladimir Mosenkov .... assistant production manager (as V. Mosenkov)
Vera Vdovina .... assistant production manager (as V. Vdovina)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arayk Agoronyan .... trainee assistant director (as A. Agoronian)
Mariya Chugunova .... assistant director (as M. Chugunova)
Larisa Tarkovskaya .... assistant director
Evgeniy Tsymbal .... assistant director
 
Art Department
A. Merkulov .... construction coordinator
Evgeniy Tsymbal .... property assistant
Jean-Michel Folon .... poster designer: France (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Vladimir Sharun .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sergey Bessmertniy .... second camera technician
Nonna Fudim .... camera operator
Lev Kazmin .... electrician
Vadim Murashko .... still photographer (as V. Murashko)
Sergei Naugolnykh .... camera operator (as S. Naugolnykh)
Grigory Verkhovsky .... assistant camera
Sergei Zajtsev .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Tatyana Alekseeva .... assistant editor
Tatiana Maslennikova .... color grader
 
Music Department
Emin Khachaturyan .... conductor
Raisa Lukina .... music editor
 
Other crew
Olegar Fedoro .... body double: Aleksandr Kajdanovsky
Konstantin Lopushanskiy .... production assistant
Anatoliy Stepanov .... script supervisor
Mickey Cottrell .... publicist (uncredited)
Oskar-Martin Vedru .... location manager: railroad-specific scenes (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
163 min | 155 min (2002 DVD)
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Color (Sovcolor) | Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Stalker's Wife:[sub-titled from Russian] Why did you take my watch?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Voyage in Time (1983) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
MeditationsSee more »

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93 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
Journey into Fear, 8 February 2003
Author: William Ploch (wbploc0@pop.uky.edu) from Lexington, Kentucky

The characters at the heart of Tarkovsky's "Stalker" are people who embark on an arduous journey only to discover that they had no idea what they wanted to gain from it. The central character is a "stalker," a man who makes a living by illegally escorting people through a restricted area to The Room, a place where their greatest wish will supposedly come true. Exactly why the area is restricted is never made perfectly clear; in the novel this film is partially based on, "The Roadside Picnic," it was a site where aliens briefly landed, and The Room was an object they left behind almost as if it were refuse. But Tarkovsky would rather not settle for such a flat explanation. To him, The Room is a place that means different things to the people who journey there, and the stark, ravished landscape they must journey through consists of the phobias and anxieties that they can hardly bear to face. The expedition the men experience is a long and often maddening one, and there are many scenes where the camera lingers on a beautifully composed shot so that the viewer can take time to understand how the characters fit into the settings and how those settings form both natural and supernatural obstacles.

Andrei Tarkovsky was an artist who did not like giving solid answers to the questions his films posed. He sculpted his stories so that viewers who had the patience and self-discipline to stay attentive all the way through could draw their own conclusions. If there is any specific meaning to "Stalker," it is that we have to fully understand anything for which we are willing to alter our lives.

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