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Burnt by the Sun (1994)
"Utomlyonnye solntsem" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  21 April 1995 (USA)
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Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha 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 ...
Dmitriy
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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 dacha 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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The unexpected arrival of an old flame brings about the sudden destruction of a happy family. See more »

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

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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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Blue Danube
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Written by Johann Strauß
Played on the piano by Mitya and Nadya
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Ochin Horosho.
9 December 1998 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

Just saw this film as the closing class in my first term Russian language class. It's one of the ten best films I've ever seen. Our professor grew up in the Soviet Union and at the end (no spoilers, I promise) she had to leave because it was too familiar. I wasn't informed until afterwards that it was based on a true story, but it didn't matter. As I watched it I actually forgot that it was subtitled, and my memory of it now is as though it was in English. My point by saying that is that it was so real, so powerfully directed and acted, that the language barrier didn't matter one bit. Stunning film.


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