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A Russian sniper and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

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During the WWII battle of Stalingrad, two snipers, a Russian, and a German, are locked in a battle of wills and marksmanship, while the Russian is boosted to the status of hero by a political official. Written by IMDb Eds

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Plot Keywords:

russian | german | sniper | battle | stalingrad | See more »

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Some Men Are Born To Be Heroes. See more »

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Drama | History | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic war violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 March 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enemigo al acecho  »

Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,033,164 (UK) (16 March 2001)

Gross:

$51,396,781 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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In the scene in the printing press when the characters of Vassili and Danilov have an argument, the tears in Jude Law's eyes are genuine. See more »

Goofs

At the time of banquet honoring Vassili, the Russian anthem was the old "Internationale," which then became the party theme when the new (still familiar to some) Stalin-attributed theme of 1943 became adopted. See more »

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[first lines]
Grandfather: [whispering to boy aiming rifle] I am a stone. I do not move. Very slowly, I put snow in my mouth. Then he won't see my breath. I take my time. I let him come closer. I have only one bullet. I aim at his eye. Very gently, my finger presses on the trigger. I do not tremble. I have no fear. I'm a big boy now. Ready Vassili? Now, Vassili, fire!
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User Reviews

 
The futility of war, and what causes it.
24 November 2001 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

I really loved this film. It is one of the best movies about war - what it is like, and what causes it. I know some people find the love story hard to take, but it is there to illustrate how jealousy and envy can lead to irrational acts, hate, and even war.

At a time when the world is racing toward armed conflict yet again, this film is a timely reminder of the ultimate futility of war. The opening sequence is one of the most horrific I have ever seen - comparable to that incredible opening scene in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. But unlike "Ryan", this film does not become a flag-waving one-sided analysis of war. Instead we get an in depth, and very moving, look at the reality of being human in a war situation - whether male or female, German or Russian. And Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz and Ed Harris all give superb performances. I was a bit hard-pressed, though, to believe Bob Hoskins as Krushchev.

Jean-Jacques Annaud is a remarkable director, with a strong visual style, and deserves to be recognised as one of the contemporary masters of cinema. Ten out of Ten.


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