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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 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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The Chechen speaks Ossetian. See more »

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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: You're a smart man, German. Tell me, what do we live for?
German: Everyone decides for himself. There's this saying, "What's good for the Russian is death for the German." Well, I live to disprove this.
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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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Bleak, gritty....very modern Russian. Great movie.
14 May 2003 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

I really liked this movie. It was a gangster crime movie, but in a totally different style than most American films. There was a good story and great visuals of Russia. I liked the fact that not everything had to be explained to the audience. The director assumed that we were able to think for ourselves, i.e.; the lead character's 'true' past in the army. I don't believe that he was "just a clerk at HQ". I saw the DVD version, and watched the interview with the director. The film is even more amazing considering the shoestring budget. He got his friends to perform some of the acting roles as well as write and play the music (which was quite good). This is a great gritty film. Its one of the more watchable movies from Russia that I have seen. I gave it a 7 out of 10. I plan to see 'Prisoner of the Mountain' next, can't wait.


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