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Cold Summer of 1953 (1988)
"Kholodnoe leto pyatdesyat tretego" (original title)

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After the general Soviet gulag amnesty of 1953 former political inmates Sergei and Nikolai arrive in a remote Siberian village where 8 pardoned common criminals terrorize the inhabitants.



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Nikolai Starobogatov, 'Kopalych'
Viktor Stepanov ...
Nina Usatova ...
Lida, Shura's Mother
Zoya Buryak ...
Yuriy Kuznetsov ...
Vladimir Kashpur ...
Sergey Vlasov ...
Vitek (as S. Vlasov)
Boris Plotnikov ...
Starobogatov's Son
Viktor Kosykh ...
Shurup (as V.Kosykh)
Elizaveta Solodova ...
Starobogatov's Wife (as Ye. Solodova)
Vladimir Golovin ...
Aleksei Kolesnik ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrey Dudarenko ...
Mikhalych (as A. Dudarenko)
D. Karpova


In 1953, the year Stalin died, many prisoners (some political, but mostly common criminals) were released from the Soviet Gulags. This is the story of a remote settlement which was under attack by a bunch of these recently-released blood-thirsty thugs in the summer of 1953, and the townspeople, along with a two political prisoners, who try to stop them. Written by Anonymous

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good but complex
1 December 1998 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

This is a very good movie, however, one has to have some knowledge of Soviet history to fully understand it. The story takes place right after the death of Josef Stalin, to "celebrate" his death the Soviet command released all the prisoners within Soviet jails. All prisoners except the political ones, that is to say the rapists, murderers and thieves were freed while those who fought for freedom were still behind bars. That summer there was an unprecedented epidemic of crime in the Soviet Union. This film deals with the situation in a small village that has been attacked by a group of released prisoners, and the fight of one political prisoner to help the villagers.

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