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Father of a Soldier (1965)

Jariskatsis mama (original title)
During World War II, Georgy Makharashvili, an old peasant wine-grower, leaves his Georgian village and goes off to the front lines to find his son, a wounded soldier. But before the father ... See full summary »



(screenplay) (as Suliko Zhgenti)
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergo Zakariadze ...
Giorgi Makharashvili
Vladimir Privaltsev ...
Nikiforov (as V. Privaltsev)
Aleksandr Nazarov ...
Arkadi (as A. Nazarov)
Aleksandr Lebedev ...
(as A. Lebedev)
Yuri Drozdov ...
Vova (as Yu. Drozdov)
Vladimir Kolokoltsev ...
Grisha (as V. Kolokoltsev)
Viktor Uralskiy ...
Pachua (as V. Uralsky)
Ketevan Bochorishvili ...
Tamari, wife of Giorgi (as K. Bochorishvili)
Vladimir Pitsek ...
(as V. Pitsek)
Pyotr Lyubeshkin ...
(as P. Lyubeshkin)
Ivan Kosykh ...
Akhmed (as I. Kosykh)
Nikolai Barmin ...
(as N. Barmin)
Inna Vykhodtseva ...
(as I. Vykhodtseva)
Yelena Maksimova ...
(as Ye. Maksimova)
Roman Vildan ...
(as R. Vildan)


During World War II, Georgy Makharashvili, an old peasant wine-grower, leaves his Georgian village and goes off to the front lines to find his son, a wounded soldier. But before the father can get to the hospital, the son has been sent back to the front. The father cannot go back to his village, so he accompanies the Soviet Army all the way to the final victory over Fascism in Berlin. Written by Anonymous

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1 May 1965 (Soviet Union)  »

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8 August 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Georgia is a little country with a population of 5 million people and its quite amazing, that we could produce such a great movies... (Unfortunately COULD is the key word here)

This is a touching story of a father who takes this long, sometimes very funny and at the same time very sad journey to find his son... his tall, handsome son...

maybe one have to know Georgia and people of Georgia to understand this movie and especially understand this old man...

And though I give credit to the director, I must admit the movie is great because of Sergo Zaqariadze... this is one of the best actors performances you can find... not only in post-soviet countries... I recommend to rent this movie as well, and maybe get a bit of Georgian Soul...

P.S. I don't see why it is recommended 'Ivanovo detstvo' (1962)... GREAT movie from GREAT TARKOVSKI... but nothing in common with 'Father of a Soldier'

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A pretty good movie for it's time. johntex9
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