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Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
"Kavkazskiy plennik" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  31 January 1997 (USA)
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Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Oleg Menshikov ...
Sacha Kostylin
Sergey Bodrov Jr. ...
Ivan (Vanya) Zhilin
Jemal Sikharulidze ...
Abdul-Murat
Susanna Mekhraliyeva ...
Dina
Aleksandr Bureyev ...
Hasan
Valentina Fedotova ...
Zhilin's Mother
Aleksey Zharkov ...
Maslov, the Russian Commander
T. Kibyev
Valeri Kostrin
Pavel Lebeshev ...
(as P. Lebeshev)
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Storyline

Based upon a short story by Leo Tolstoy, two Russian soldiers, Sacha and Vania, are ambushed by Muslim rebels in the grandly forbidding Caucasus and taken prisoner. Although complete understanding never fully emerges, their bittersweet ordeal reveals the human soul of two vastly different cultures. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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An extraordinary story of hope, courage and humanity.

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Drama | War

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

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31 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Prisoner of the Mountains  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$89,992 (USA) (7 February 1997)

Gross:

$661,361 (USA) (28 March 1997)
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Trivia

The film was shot within 20 miles of actual battles then occurring between Russians and Chechens. Local Muslim guerrillas served as bogyguards for the cast and crew. The film tells the story of two prisoners of war, but truth is stranger than fiction: when the guerrillas found out that amateur actress Susanna Mekhraliyeva was paid for her job in U.S. dollars they took the whole film crew prisoner! Her salary was soon changed for Russian rubles and the shooting continued as if nothing had happened. See more »

Goofs

After Sacha and Vanya escape and remove the shackles from their ankles, they begin running upstream. The scene cuts to a different angle, and they are running downstream. See more »

Quotes

Attack Squad Leader: Abdul, you wanted one Russian and got two. Finish one off.
Abdul-Murat: And if the first one croaks?
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Soundtracks

GO DOWN MOSES
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Arranged by Harry Thacker Burleigh
Performed by Louis Armstrong
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Do you really have to be Russian to understand the film?
12 December 1999 | by (Moscow,Russia) – See all my reviews

When I saw the votes I was rather shocked. When I watched the "Plennik", my first impression was that it`s a very much humane, non-racist and deep movie. I was absolutely stunned by the cast and the actual performance of the actors ( well, that is my personal opinion as Menshikov is my fav actor, but Bodrov did well too ). It isn`t a story of two rude and life-hating soldiers, it`s a story of two individual personalities, of everlasting feelings. I really don`t understand, what was so wrong in it to get such low appreciation? Maybe it`s just that the western people are too different from Russians? I don`t know.


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