Two great armies duel to the death with a million guns and ten thousand tanks - THE GREAT BATTLE.
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Series cast summary:
Mikhail Nozhkin ...
 Yartsev (1 episode, 1970)
Nikolay Olyalin ...
 Tsvetaev (1 episode, 1970)
Mikhail Ulyanov ...
 Gen. Zhukov (1 episode, 1970)
Larisa Golubkina ...
 Zoya (1 episode, 1970)
Bukhuti Zakariadze ...
 Stalin (1 episode, 1970)
Vasiliy Shukshin ...
 Gen. Konev (1 episode, 1970)
Nikolai Rybnikov ...
 Gen. Panov (1 episode, 1970)
Vladislav Strzhelchik ...
 Gen. Antonov (1 episode, 1970)
Yevgeni Burenkov ...
 Gen. Vasilevsky (1 episode, 1970)
Anatoliy Romashin ...
 Gen. Shatilov (1 episode, 1970)
Pyotr Shcherbakov ...
 Gen. Telegin (1 episode, 1970)
Ivan Pereverzev ...
 Gen. Chuykov (1 episode, 1970)
Vladlen Davydov ...
 Gen. Rokossovsky (1 episode, 1970)
Sergei Kharchenko ...
 Gen. Vatutin (1 episode, 1970)
Dmitri Franko ...
 Gen. Rybalko (1 episode, 1970)
Nikolay Rushkovskiy ...
 Gen. Moskalenko (1 episode, 1970)
Tõnu Aav
(1 episode, 1970)
Aleksandr Afanasyev ...
 Lelyushenko (1 episode, 1970)
Fred Alexander ...
 Elyesa Bazna (1 episode, 1970)
Elizaveta Alexeeva ...
 Eleanor Roosevelt (1 episode, 1970)
Igrida Andrina ...
 German woman begging for peace (1 episode, 1970)
Viktor Avdyushko ...
 Maximov (1 episode, 1970)
Iren Azer ...
 Tanechka (1 episode, 1970)
Viktor Bajkov ...
 Vyacheslav Molotov (1 episode, 1970)
Aleksandr Barushnoy ...
 Alan Brooke (1 episode, 1970)
Manfred Bendik ...
 Major Ernst John von Freyend (1 episode, 1970)
Paul Berndt ...
 Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim / ... (1 episode, 1970)
Max Bernhardt ...
 Carl Friedrich Goerdeler (1 episode, 1970)
Erno Bertoli ...
 Pierre Pouyade (1 episode, 1970)
Martha Beschort-Diez ...
 Old Woman in Berlin (1 episode, 1970)
Nikolay Bogolyubov ...
 Kliment Voroshilov (1 episode, 1970)
Viktor Bortsov ...
 Grigory Oriol (1 episode, 1970)
Barbara Brylska ...
 Helena (1 episode, 1970)
Georgiy Burkov ...
 Russian soldier (1 episode, 1970)
Otto Busse ...
 Heinz Linge (1 episode, 1970)
Ralf Böhmke ...
 Adolf Hamann (1 episode, 1970)
Otto Dierichs ...
 Erwin von Witzleben (1 episode, 1970)
Fritz Diez ...
 Hitler (1 episode, 1970)
Yuliya Dioshi ...
 Magda Goebbels (1 episode, 1970)
Werner Dissel ...
 Alfred Jodl (1 episode, 1970)
Leonid Dovlatov ...
 Sergei Galadzhev (1 episode, 1970)
Yuriy Dubrovin
(1 episode, 1970)
Yury Durov ...
 Sir Winston Churchill (1 episode, 1970)
...
 Janek (1 episode, 1970)
Nikolay Eryomenko ...
 Josip Broz Tito (1 episode, 1970)
Olev Eskola ...
 German officer (1 episode, 1970)
Fritz Ernst Fechner ...
 Heinz Brandt (1 episode, 1970)
Ivo Garrani ...
 Mussolini (1 episode, 1970)
Vladimir Gerasimov ...
 Kruglikov (1 episode, 1970)
Erich Gerberding ...
 Ernst Busch (1 episode, 1970)
Horst Giese ...
 Joseph Goebbels / ... (1 episode, 1970)
Horst Gill ...
 Otto Günsche (1 episode, 1970)
Aleksey Glazyrin ...
 Panteleimon Ponomarenko (1 episode, 1970)
Pyotr Glebov ...
 Rotmistrov (1 episode, 1970)
Wienczyslaw Glinski ...
 Blacksmith (1 episode, 1970)
Mikhail Gluzskiy ...
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Ioseb Gogichaishvili ...
 Yakov Dzhugashvili (1 episode, 1970)
Hannjo Hasse ...
 General Fieldmarshal Kluge (1 episode, 1970)
Gerd Michael Henneberg ...
 Fieldmarshal Keitel (1 episode, 1970)
Gert Hänsch ...
 Helmut Weidling (1 episode, 1970)
Eduard Izotov ...
 Alexei Berest (1 episode, 1970)
Yuri Kamornyj ...
 Vasiliev (1 episode, 1970)
Artyom Karapetyan ...
 Narrator (1 episode, 1970)
Vladimir Kashpur ...
 Smart russian soldier (1 episode, 1970)
Gogi Kharabadze ...
 Meliton Kantaria (1 episode, 1970)
Roman Khomyatov ...
 German officer (1 episode, 1970)
Genadi Khrashenikov ...
 Mikhail Yegorov (1 episode, 1970)
Yuri Kireyev
(1 episode, 1970)
Sepp Klose ...
 Karl Wolff (1 episode, 1970)
Mikhail Kokshenov ...
 Russian artillery officer (1 episode, 1970)
Vladimir Korenev ...
 Neustroyev (1 episode, 1970)
Hans-Hartmut Krüger ...
 Hans Krebs (1 episode, 1970)
Leonid Kuravlyov ...
 Officer at Reichschancellor (1 episode, 1970)
Aleksandr Kuznetsov ...
 Gulya, povar (1 episode, 1970)
Anatoliy Kuznetsov ...
 Zakharov (1 episode, 1970)
Hinrich Köhn ...
 Otto Ernst Remer (1 episode, 1970)
Herbert Körbs ...
 Heinz Guderian (1 episode, 1970)
Hans Ulrich Laufer ...
 Gustav Schmidt (1 episode, 1970)
Yuri Legkov ...
 Ivan Konev (1 episode, 1970)
Sergei Lyakhnitsky ...
 Bogdanov (1 episode, 1970)
Pyotr Lyubeshkin ...
 Col. Korkin (1 episode, 1970)
Ignacy Machowski ...
 Stablesman (1 episode, 1970)
Fred Mahr ...
 Sepp Dietrich (1 episode, 1970)
Heino Mandri ...
 German officer (1 episode, 1970)
Peter Marx ...
 Theodor Busse (1 episode, 1970)
Grigory Mikhaylov ...
 Malinin (1 episode, 1970)
Ivan Mykolaichuk ...
 Soldier Sapchuk (1 episode, 1970)
Yuriy Nazarov ...
 Vlasovets (1 episode, 1970)
Sergey Nikonenko ...
 Aleksandr (1 episode, 1970)
Valeriy Nosik ...
 Dorozhkin (1 episode, 1970)
Maciej Nowakowski ...
 Alexander Zawadzki (1 episode, 1970)
...
 Heinrich (1 episode, 1970)
Wilfried Ortmann ...
 Olbricht (1 episode, 1970)
Igor Ozerov ...
 Leontyev (1 episode, 1970)
Joachim Pape ...
 Martin Bormann (1 episode, 1970)
Frantisek Pechka ...
 Polish soldier (1 episode, 1970)
Florin Piersic ...
 Otto Skorzeny (1 episode, 1970)
Lev Polyakov ...
 Andrei Grechko (1 episode, 1970)
Yuri Pomernatzev ...
 Andrei Vlasov (1 episode, 1970)
Mikhail N. Postnikov ...
 Gen. Sokolovsky (1 episode, 1970)
Aleksei Presnetsov ...
 Rudenko (1 episode, 1970)
Klyon Protasov ...
 Sergei Shtemenko (1 episode, 1970)
Lev Prygunov ...
 Pilot Romashka (1 episode, 1970)
Vladimir Razumovskiy ...
 Pilot Zaitsev (1 episode, 1970)
Rolf Ripperger ...
 Adolf Heusinger (1 episode, 1970)
Boris Saidenberg ...
 Orlov (1 episode, 1970)
Vladimir Samoylov ...
 Gromov (1 episode, 1970)
Vsevolod Sanaev ...
 Lukin (1 episode, 1970)
H. Scheltzke ...
 Friedrich Fromm (1 episode, 1970)
Tadeusz Schmidt ...
 Berling (1 episode, 1970)
Willi Schrade ...
 Wolfram Röhrig (1 episode, 1970)
Yevgeni Shutov ...
 Partisan (1 episode, 1970)
Aleksei Smirnov ...
 Soldier (1 episode, 1970)
Hans-Edgar Stecher ...
 Werner von Haeften (1 episode, 1970)
Alfred Struwe ...
 Stauffenberg (1 episode, 1970)
Peter Sturm ...
 Model (1 episode, 1970)
Erich Thiede ...
 Himmler (1 episode, 1970)
Roman Tkachuk ...
 Alexei Yepishev (1 episode, 1970)
Georgi Tusuzov ...
 Victor Emmanuel III (1 episode, 1970)
Konstantin Tyrtov ...
 German officer (1 episode, 1970)
Georg-Michael Wagner ...
 Walter Wagner (1 episode, 1970)
Angelika Waller ...
 Eva Braun (1 episode, 1970)
Siegfried Weiß ...
 Manstein (1 episode, 1970)
Kurt Wetzel ...
 Hermann Göring (1 episode, 1970)
B. White ...
 Hughe Knatchbull-Hugessen (1 episode, 1970)
Werner Wieland ...
 Beck (1 episode, 1970)
Stanislav Yaskevich ...
 Roosevelt (1 episode, 1970)
Nikolay Yeryomenko ...
 Josip Broz Tito (1 episode, 1970)
Konstantin Zabelin ...
 Katukov (1 episode, 1970)
Vladimir Zamanskiy ...
 Gen. Batov (1 episode, 1970)
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Two great armies duel to the death with a million guns and ten thousand tanks - THE GREAT BATTLE.

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[U.S. release] Two great armies duel to the death with a million guns and ten thousand tanks... THE GREAT BATTLE.

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7 May 1970 (Finland)  »

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The Great Battle  »

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The Russians are depicted fielding T-34/85's during the battle of Kursk in July 1943. In reality, the T-34/85 was not produced until early 1944, and mainly T34/76's were used at Kursk (though none appear in the film). See more »

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The best version of "The Last Days of Hitler"
29 July 2002 | by (Coral Gables, Fl) – See all my reviews

This film is a colossal Soviet-East German production, entitled in the feature length video I saw as THE LAST DAYS OF HITLER (or "Os Ultimos Dias de Hitler").

The original film or TV series lasts a very Soviet-like 7.5 hours. But the video available in the West is less than two hours long. In fact, no mention is made on the video cover that the original film runs so long. I just found that out on this site. In fact, the film was hard to find on the site. Only listed in its Russian title, I found the film researching the actor who plays Hitler.

The production is reportedly "the most expensive film endeavor in the history of the Soviet Union," with "fortunes spent on reconstructing the Fall of Berlin, featuring the most impressive war scenes on film." Whether this assertion is true or not, the blend of rare archival footage and original shots are unique and unforgettable.

The Soviets did indeed take Berlin, and occupied it all on their own for many weeks. So they do have the best archival footage, and the most authentic props. Their East German partners had the actual bombed out buildings to offer, and both countries offered virtually unlimited resources to recreate the "triumph of communism over fascism" - budgets never seen in the West.

Plus the Soviets and East Germans had the right ethnic types. No British accents, or fake Nazi and pan Slavic accents. Definitely NOT like the many other "Last days of Hitler" indeed!

The film is, of course, not without its faults; namely the excessive almost religious exaltation of the perfectly correct Soviet soldiers and commanders. But more glaringly, there are no "bad" Germans, other than those in Hitler's bunker. The overwhelming (if not all) Germans left in Berlin are depicted as good communist partisans (even Christian clerics), victimized by a few Nazi demons, as the Russians hade been enslaved the Czars.

Anyway, the heavy-handed (what an understatement!) propaganda is to be expected. At least in the short two hour version I saw, all that is not a bad price to pay for the fantastic pluses: military authenticity, and the realistic documentary feeling you'll get from seeing this film.

It really is like seeing the Fall of Berlin with your own eyes (or through Soviet eyes), without the over dramatism of Western big name actors playing German and Russian characters, in very fake locations.

This is one hell of an overlooked war film. I guess World War II has been so over filmed that there isn't even enough room left to bring back this masterpiece. It's a shame. As propagandistic as it may be, this movie is no more so than the post war Western Allied films. And infinitely more realistic! If you find the video, don't miss the opportunity to view it.


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