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Come and See (1985)
"Idi i smotri" (original title)

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After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet Army and experiences the horrors of World War II.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Kravchenko ...
Florya Gaishun (as A. Kravchenko)
Olga Mironova ...
Glasha (as O. Mironova)
Liubomiras Laucevicius ...
Kosach (as L. Lautsyavichius)
Vladas Bagdonas ...
(as V. Bagdonas)
Jüri Lumiste ...
German officer, a nazi fanatic
Viktor Lorents ...
(as V. Lorents)
Kazimir Rabetsky ...
(as K. Rabetsky)
Evgeniy Tilicheev ...
Gezhel, German translator (as Ye. Tilicheyev)
Aleksandr Berda ...
(as A. Berda)
G. Velts ...
V. Vasilyev
Igor Gnevashev ...
(as I. Gnevashev)
Vasiliy Domrachyov ...
(as V. Domrachyov)
G. Yelkin
Yevgeni Krzhizhanovsky ...
(as Ye. Kryzhanovsky)


During WWII, a Belarusian boy is thrust into the atrocities of war, fighting with a hopelessly unequipped Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces. Witnessing scenes of abject terror and surviving horrifying situations, he loses his innocence and then his mind. Written by TheDistantPanic

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Live ammunition was used in the film - in interviews, actor Aleksey Kravchenko has described actual bullets passing some 10 centimeters above his head. See more »


The belted machine gun used by one of the Partisans to shoot the captured German soldiers does not eject any empty shell cases when it is fired. See more »


Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »


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14 May 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The best true-to-life war movie I have ever seen, and possibly the best movie I have ever seen. My eyes were opened when I saw this for the first time a few days ago. It made me realise what I miss 99% of the time when watching movies. So few affect me like this one did.

No special effects of note, no big budget, no set-pieces of note, no heroes, no redemption. I feel quite sure the director has really captured what war 'feels' like - unlike Spielberg and Coppola's depictions of war, this director lived through WW2 and the horrific siege of Stalingrad, as well as spending many months researching the massacres in Belarus, one of which he depicts in this film (this from the DVD extras, well worth watching).

The direction, cinematography, soundtrack and AMAZING acting by a first-time untrained actor in the main role are faultless, in my humble opinion.

I found this film depressing and emotionally draining, but cannot wait to watch it again.

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