IMDb > Stalker (1979)
Stalker
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Stalker (1979) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 21 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
8.2/10   52,020 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 2% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Contact:
View company contact information for Stalker on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
17 April 1980 (Netherlands) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
great masterpiece from greatest director 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)
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
163 min | 155 min (2002 DVD)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Sovcolor) | Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The insignia on the police officers' helmet features two letters: AT, the initials of the director, Andrei Tarkovsky.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Stalker's Wife:[sub-titled from Russian] Why did you take my watch?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Zhara (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
BoleroSee more »

FAQ

Where was "Stalker" shot?
Who wrote the poems recited by the characters in the film?
What does the text at the beginning of the film say?
See more »
210 out of 274 people found the following review useful.
great masterpiece from greatest director, 26 August 2004
Author: envergulsen from turkey istanbul

i want to say somethings about the most poetic,philosophical and intuitive director, tarkovsky and his movies ,especially Stalker.

first of all, we must all know that, tarkovsky is not for all. his poetic understanding of life and human and putting this understanding to his movies is unique in the world for my opinion. one of the most poetic and philosophical movies of him, Stalker is that kind of movie. it is like a poem written with objects. we must feel before we try to understand.

opening sequence of film contains some kind of expressionist objects with related the moral and inner conditions of the people living in the town . the "dirty" black and white take gives the viewers ,the mood of people having nothing to live, nothing to believe and nothing to give others.and the aggressive green take in the "zone" gives another vision of the life. the camera moves very slow to make us to go into to film and feel the film. tarkovsky's usage of objects and colours is very different and that is why i think he was a cinema poet. on the other hand, in addition to this "poem written with objects", the film also has very deep philosophical content. what is life,what is human, what is goodness, what is selfishness, what is devotion, what are the bases of our civilizations etc. and people are made to think all these things, not mostly with dialogs but with objects and colours and complete vision.

for example, the three objects shown while the camera goes into the water ,but actually to the heart of human being and we see one cringe, one gun and one religious icon. and these are the metaphors of the human civilizations for my opinion. and all the journey into to the "zone" and finally "room" , actually done into the human being. into our selfishness,into our subconsciousness, our badness,our goodness, our weak and strong parts. actually i can feel that , the things searched in this movie are our lost innocence . the stalker is the only people who believes something and needs to believe .and actually the journey itself is a fake. to go to the truth,faith,justice, goodness are being related with innocence in that movie. the microcosms shown poetically in the water is another metaphor shows human being's selfish behaviour. because human, destroys the things,destroys the innocence, destroys the world living around them.our today's civilization broke our strong cooperation with nature and changed this relationship to a nature disaster. the movie gives the message of the need of mercy to all the living and even non-living things in our nature. because human being's salvation is only related with that.

and the need of hope, need of believe is human being's basic needs. and our modern world destroyed all the hopes and believes. the movie contains metaphors making us to feel and think about those needs.and the most critical thing is felt in the film that self-denial is the basic need in our world.and unfortunately this value is lost and needed to be re-gain.

i can tell about all the metaphors in the movie but no need. because every person understand those things different like kafka's novels. and we just need to watch the movie with no prejudice but with open heart.

i recommend this film to all the cinema-lovers. i recommend also not to try to understand this film. only leave yourself to this great poem and it will give you all you need.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (260 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Stalker (1979)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Is it worth me watching? evant299
life follows art. "Stalkers" at Chernobyl sandyfontwit
How did they get "Stalker" from "Roadside Picnic"? kelkyl
Wasn't this filmed on a higher budget originally? Goranjake
Unintentional horror elements? dimakorou
Someone help me understand... AdrianD2
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Solaris Children of Men Big Fish Photographing Fairies Arthur and the Invisibles
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb top 250 movies IMDb Drama section
IMDb Soviet Union section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.