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17 April 1980 (Netherlands) See more »
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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  (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)
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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 .... producer
Willie Geller .... line producer (1977)
Original Music by
Eduard Artemev 
Cinematography by
Aleksandr Knyazhinsky 
Georgi Rerberg (1977)
Leonid Kalashnikov (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Lyudmila Feyginova 
Production Design by
Aleksandr Bojm (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)
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
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
Tatiana Alekseyeva .... 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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163 min | 155 min (2002 DVD)
Color (Sovcolor) | Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
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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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39 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Meandering Metaphysics, 9 January 2011
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

Andrei Tarkovsy's STALKER is one of these films whose reputation is entirely confined to that of Universiy level film studies . It's a film that remains unknown to people who visit multiplexes on a Friday night to watch the latest blockbuster from Hollywood and is rarely shown on network television . I think its only broadcast on British television was on Channel 4 in 1990 or 1991 . Nevertheless it was well regarded enough to make it in to the the lower reaches of the IMDb Top 250 for a couple of years but I'm rather puzzled as to why ? It's not a film produced for the masses which possibly sums the up inherent irony of communism

The story starts 20 years after a meteorite has landed on Earth and when people have started disappearing in the crash zone the authorities quarantine the area which is now referred to as " the Zone " . A trio of men sneak through the blockade determined to find out the secret of the Zone

This is communist science fiction based upon a story written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky . Communist science fiction differs quite markedly from its Western counterpart by concentrating on metaphysics , man's relationship to the natural order rather than plot driven concepts . In many ways it's introspective humanism rather than mind expanding and imaginative . This type of story would appeal well to Tarkovsky since his volume of wok centres around elemental imagery such as water and wind . He is a film maker who is the archetypal auteur

The problem with all this is that it makes for a rather unengaging piece of cinema . If you're expecting to see aliens you'll be disappointed . There is an argument that science fiction doesn't need aliens in order to work and this is certainly true , think of the number of novels by people such as John Christopher that feature Earth shattering eco disasters for a premise . But if you had three men in Soviet Russia escaping in to a forbidden zone where they walk around discussing the human condition for three hours then you'd have the exact same story devoid of any science fiction heading . In short STALKER isn't really a science fiction film at all

At least the film sets out its stall right from the very beginning . We're treated to the type of camera work seen in films by luminaries as Bela Tarr where the camera moves about for several minutes without cutting . We don't actually get any dialogue until ten minutes in to the running time and if you're bored senseless by then then it's perhaps a good idea to watch something else because the pace doesn't really improve much

One of the comments on this page states that STALKER is " Like Last Of The Summer Wine set in Russia " and that's a very accurate description of the movie . It's composed of three philosophical men wandering about the countryside making profound statements on the nature of existence . You might rub your chin and nod in agreement but you might also have to rub your eyes in order to stay awake too

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