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Burnt by the Sun (1994)

Utomlyonnye solntsem (original title)
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Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oleg Menshikov ...
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Sergey
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Marusya (as Ingeborga Dapkunayte)
Nadezhda Mikhalkova ...
Nadya (as Nadya Mikhalkova)
Vyacheslav Tikhonov ...
Vsevolod Konstantinovich
Svetlana Kryuchkova ...
Mokhova
Vladimir Ilin ...
Alla Kazanskaya ...
Lidiya Stepanovna
Nina Arkhipova ...
Elena Mikhaylovna
Avangard Leontev ...
Shofer
André Oumansky ...
Filipp (as Andre Umanskiy)
Inna Ulyanova ...
Olga Nikolaevna
Lyubov Rudneva ...
Lyuba
Vladimir Ryabov ...
Ofitser NKVD
Vladimir Belousov ...
Sotrudnik NKVD
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Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin Dmitri from Moscow, who charms the women and little Nadia with his games and pianistic bravura. But Kotov isn't fooled: this is the time of Stalin's repression, with telephone calls in the middle of the night spelling doom - and he knows that Dmitri isn't paying a social call... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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A moving and poignant story set against the corrupt politics of the Stalinist era. See more »

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Rated R for some language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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21 April 1995 (USA)  »

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$2,800,000 (estimated)

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$85,218 (Argentina)
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The title song is "To ostatnia niedziela" written in 1935 by Jerzy Petersburski with Polish lyrics by Zenon Fredwald. In 1936 the first Russian version was recorded by Klavdiya Shulzhenko. That same year, Aleksandr Tsfasman recorded his version with new Russian lyrics by Iosif Albeck who wrote the opening line: "Utomlyonnoe solntse... " Burnt by the Sun is a loose English translation of the song title, alluding to Soviet dictatorship hoisting Stalin to the sun. See more »


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Vesti la Giuba
(uncredited) from 'Pagliacci'
Written by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Played by Mitya on the piano
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History determines your fate & you can't prevent the tragedy
29 October 2004 | by (Utrecht, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This movie is about the most desperate and tragic situation in the human life. This is when our life is determined by external forces. Even the most basic form of happiness - being with you family, enjoying your child - were impossible in the Russia of Stalin.

Sometimes I think about people who were borne 20 years before World War II in Germany, Poland or Russia. I wonder whether they had a feeling that the life was extremely unfair to them. The feeling that your fate was determined by the time you were borne in, and that you couldn't do anything at all to somehow change it. If Mitya, Kotov and Marusya would not die then, they would have to wait for 50 years to be able to truly understand what happened to them and who was to blame for it.

I was puzzled why Mitya picked up the phone and agreed to arrest Kotov. Why didn't he stop his suffering immediately, as he knew that he had no other option than ruining lives of the people he loved. Was it his hatred towards Kotov and the opportunity to take revenge for being expelled for 10 years? Was it the last hope that his love to Marusya would reverse her marriage?

After watched the film again & again I decided that he knew from the offset there was no way out. Mitya went to his old home because he wanted just one thing - to say farewell to his dream that the old times would ever return. The dream that made him betray his comrades in the 20th, and come back from France in the 30th.

I'm so happy that we live in freedom and that the iron curtain fell.


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