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Georgi Zhzhyonov ...
Bessonov
Anatoliy Kuznetsov ...
Vesnin
Vadim Spiridonov ...
Deyev
Boris Tokarev ...
Lt. Nikolai Kuznetsov
Nikolay Eryomenko ...
Lt. Volodya Drozdovsky
Tamara Sidelnikova ...
Tanya
Ara Babadzhanyan ...
Lt. Davlatyan
Yuriy Nazarov ...
Ukhanov
Aleksei Pankin ...
Chubarikov
Valentin Grachyov ...
Nechayev
Konstantin Tyrtov ...
Rubin
Aleksandr Kavalerov ...
Sergunenkov
Bolot Beyshenaliev ...
Kasymov
Igor Ledogorov ...
Col. Osin
Kh. Shvejts ...
Maj. Titkov
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In November, 1942, near the Volga, Stanlingrad is under siege of Commander Friederich Paulus and his 330,000 men. The Russian high command unleashes an operation to protect the Mishkova River to avoid that about four hundred tanks join Paulus' army. The Soviet artillery soldiers protect their position with their lives in a bloodshed with few survivors. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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4 December 1972 (Soviet Union)  »

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Good, but not great Soviet War movie
6 August 2007 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

These Soviet war epics tend to get awfully frustrating after a while. While the filmmakers have huge, almost limitless resources at their disposal, like lots of vintage tanks, equipment, Red Army personnel, and government cooperation (providing it's propaganda) - narratively, they fail to adhere to basic practices. Usually a good movie does not play all its good cards at once, but these Russian war films tend to run out of steam before the climax even comes, which ends up being either glossed over or over-shadowed by bigger and better battles earlier in the film! This film is a little more patriotic than Sergei Bondarchuk's "They Fought for their Motherland" (1975), which was set a few months prior to this film in essentially the same theater of war. The big difference is this one is set in the winter and follows a much larger division of younger Anti-tankers, these ones armed with artillery instead of just PTRD rifles. While there's more action and less emphasis on mid-battle philosophizing and humanizing, and some laughable attempts to make the Political Commissars look heroic, trust and beloved by their units, this one is surprisingly short and straight-forward.

The Germans attempt the near-hopeless 'Operation Winter Storm' to break out the beleaguered Sixth Army at Stalingrad. Somehow, we're asked to sympathize with the relatively well-armed Russians who are pre-ordained to win no matter what, especially since their resistance was nullified by Zhukov's 'Operation Little Saturn' which hit the German / Italian flanks and forced them to break off the attack (see the movie ATTACK AND RETREAT) which pretty much ended any hope of German victory. The soldiers pretty much just do their job as instructed besides a young lieutenant who goes through a lot of romantic angst with his girlfriend assigned to his command. A few of the main characters are killed by the anonymous Germans, who are never clearly seen save for a P.O.W.

The German tanks however, with fine mock-ups of Panzer IV's, STUG III's, and even a few Tigers, are well-done and numerous, but where's the air suppport?


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