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Brother (1997)
"Brat" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  8 July 1998 (USA)
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An ex-soldier with a personal honor code enters the family crime business in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergey Bodrov Jr. ...
Danila Bagrov (as Sergey Bodrov)
Viktor Sukhorukov ...
Danila's Brother
Svetlana Pismichenko ...
Sveta
Mariya Zhukova ...
Kat
Yuriy Kuznetsov ...
German
Vyacheslav Butusov ...
Butusov
Irina Rakshina ...
Zinka
Sergey Murzin ...
Krugly
Anatoliy Zhuravlyov ...
Nervous Bandit
Igor Shibanov ...
Militiaman
Andrey Fedortsov ...
Styopa
Sergey Debizhev ...
Sergey Debizhev (as Sergey Debezhev)
Aleksei Sevostyanov
Rinat Ibragimov ...
(as Renat Ibragimov)
Vladimir Ermilov
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Newly discharged from the army, Danila goes to his older brother - a gangster and a killer - to start a new life in St. Petersburg where he's soon situated in the criminal world and asked to kill someone. There his new life starts. He meets new people, including a girl, and becomes a big fan of the rock band "Nautilus Pompillius," but now he is a killer, and realizing killing is easier for him than living makes him understand he is going the wrong way. Written by Max Volovik <dimaa@worldnet.att.net>

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When Kruglij talks to Sveta for the first time, the camera is reflected in the windscreen of the tram that Sveta is driving. See more »

Quotes

Danila: [as the gangsters are about to kill a hapless witness to their double murder, Danila stands before them] Wait, I'll do it myself. Give me that.
[takes an M1911A1 from one of the gangsters]
Danila: Colt?
[proceeds to shoot both gangsters]
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Darom i ne darom
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Performed by Nastya Poleva (uncredited)
Played by Nastya Poleva herself in the apartment where a party takes place
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A morally ambiguous hero much violence and a neat plot make for a great movie
10 February 2000 | by (Gainesville, FL) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie with alot of violence. Throughout the movie there are long stretches of Danila making explosives, sawing off a shot gun, and fashioning weapons, with Nau music playing. The rest of the movie consists mainly of him using these weapons at his job as a hitman. Make no mistake, there is depth to this film. It is more than an excuse to show violence.

Danila is an interesting character. At the ame time he blows away people regularly with no remorse and little thought. Its his job, may as well do it well.

I watched this as part of a film series at college in the original Russian, and the group of Russians sitting behind me laughed at many points. The laughter confused me a bit, but the second time I saw it was pretty funny, and not in the usual one liner sense of action movies. I especially liked the part where Danila asks if he can copy the directorÕs Nau CD.

I highly recommend this film for people who either like random violence or can tolerate it for the sake of an interesting plot. The film has a distinctive feel to it.


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