A band of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.
In 1943, in the Russian front, the decorated leader Rolf Steiner is promoted to Sergeant after another successful mission. Meanwhile the upper-class and arrogant Prussian Captain Hauptmann ... See full summary »
During World War II, 12-year old Ivan works as a spy on the eastern front. The small Ivan can cross the German lines unnoticed to collect information. Three Soviet officers try to take care... See full summary »
The "336 Pionier-Bataillon" was a historical unit that also fought in Stalingrad in the "336. Infanterie-Division". The battalion arrived at Stalingrad on the 8th of November 1942. The division was disbanded in 1944. See more »
In the scene where a German soldier shoots his friend by accident, the viewer can see the dead soldier's eyelids are moving several times. See more »
One German foot soldier:
Where are the horses?
Another German foot soldier:
We're the horses!
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The realities of loading both weapons...and one's pants! Never jocular when close combat 'is' the reality.
The movie's essence was delivered by one of the German soldier's comments after taking the building [in Stalingrad], "....62 men left out of 400." Expensive real estate which, as in so many other conflicts regardless of uniform, has its costs in blood. Stalingrad shows the gut wrenching non-glory side of the nitty-gritty of combat and brings home to those who have been there the non guffaw when you hear, and see, how one soldier loads both his weapon...and his pants. Stalingrad shows well the realities of close combat and what the cumulative experience can do and often does to the human psyche. I would concur with the other reviewers in terms of Stalingrad incorporating the best, that is to say, the reality of Das Boot and Platoon 'sans' the hype when the business at hand becomes one of your basic kill or be killed. 'Side' aside as it were.
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