Brother (1997)
"Brat" (original title)

 |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  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 overview, first billed only:
Sergey Bodrov Jr. ...
Danila Bagrov (as Sergey Bodrov)
Viktor Sukhorukov ...
Danila's Brother
Svetlana Pismichenko ...
Mariya Zhukova ...
Yuriy Kuznetsov ...
Vyacheslav Butusov ...
Irina Rakshina ...
Sergey Murzin ...
Anatoliy Zhuravlyov ...
Nervous Bandit
Igor Shibanov ...
Andrey Fedortsov ...
Sergey Debizhev ...
Sergey Debizhev (as Sergey Debezhev)
Aleksei Sevostyanov
Rinat Ibragimov ...
(as Renat Ibragimov)
Vladimir Ermilov


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 <>

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The Chechen speaks Ossetian. See more »


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 »


[last lines]
Truck Driver: So where are you going?
Danila: Moscow.
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Spoofed in Chyornyy frayer (1999) See more »


Chornyye ptitsy
Music by Vyacheslav Butusov
Lyrics by Ilya Kormiltsev
Performed by Nautilus Pompilius (uncredited)
Played when Danila saws off a gun and at the beginning of the next scene
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Painfully realistic, great action and acting
19 December 2003 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen a crime movie with action more realistic than that in Brat. This movie emphasizes that when you get shot you can't run as fast as a cheetah unlike the Hollywood films even today. It was a breakthrough picture for Russia's film-making and, in my opinion, a picture that could take on most of American movies of the same or similar genre. You wanna see the way things were done in Russia five years ago? You wanna see cruel reality? You want to see the real criminal side of Russia? See Brat. It isn't only an amazing movie because it is so realistic, the acting is awesome and you won't get bored for sure. Brat 10/10

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