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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 »
User Reviews:
Stalker is not boring 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)
Grigori 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)
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Trivia:
When the Stalker is referred to as 'Chingachgook' and 'Leatherstocking', these are references to characters in James Fenimore Cooper's "The Last of the Mohicans".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 The Element of Crime (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
An die FreudeSee more »

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139 out of 186 people found the following review useful.
Stalker is not boring, 19 December 2004
Author: peeter-piiri-001 from Estonia

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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