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

 -  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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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
Aleksei Zharkov ...
Maslov, the Russian Commander
T. Kibyev
Valeri Kostrin
Pavel Lebeshev ...
(as P. Lebeshev)
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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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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 »

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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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NA SOPKAKH MANCHZHURII
Written by Igor Shatrov, A. Mashistov
Performed by Ivan Kozlovsky
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A Magnificent Anti-War Movie
25 July 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the war between Russia and Chechnya, the two Russian soldiers Sacha (Oleg Menshikov) and Vanya (Sergei Bodrov Jr.) are ambushed and made prisoners of war by a group of Chechens. The old man Abdul-Murat (Dzhemal Sikharulidze) wants to exchange them by his last son, who was arrested by the Russian troops. His other two sons were killed by the Russians, and his family is composed only by his teenager daughter Dina (Susanna Mekhraliyeva) and himself. The two soldiers are kept alive in his village, while Abdul tries to negotiate them with the Russian Commander Maslov (Aleksei Zharkov). Sacha and Vanya are very different persons and while together, they get closer. Sacha has the mentality of a soldier, intending to kill the Chechens from the village, while Vanya is a teacher and prefers to try to understand the locals behavior and culture, performing small jobs for them, like fixing clocks. Vanya falls in love with Dina. This beautiful movie is another magnificent anti-war movie. The touching story, supported by an excellent cast and the Caucasian locations, makes this movie a worthwhile entertainment. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): `Prisioneiros das Montanhas' (`Prisoners of the Mountains')


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