During the bloody war in Chechnya, a British couple and two Russian soldiers are taken hostage by Chechen rebels. Two of the hostages are then released to bring the money for the British woman who is forced to wait for the ransom.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Chadov ...
Ivan
Ian Kelly ...
John
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Margaret
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Captain Medvedev
Evklid Kyurdzidis ...
Ruslan
Giorgi Gurgulia ...
Aslan
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Ivan's Father
Ben Foster
Yuriy Stepanov ...
Aleksandr Matrosov
David McAlister
Andrei Kormunin
Steve Jamieson ...
(as Steve Jameson)
Lev Erenburg
Peter Wickham
Stanislav Stotsky ...
(as Stas Stotsky)
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During the bloody war in Chechnya, a British couple and two Russian soldiers are taken hostage by Chechen rebels. Two of the hostages are then released to bring the money for the British woman who is forced to wait for the ransom.

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this is no "Brat-3", this is War

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Action | Drama | War

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14 March 2002 (Russia)  »

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In 1999, a video was published on the Internet where two Chechen soldiers killed a Russian hostage soldier by cutting his throat. The moment of his agony was used as audio footage for the scene where one of the two hostages was beheaded. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ivan: So, I'm Yermakov, Ivan and he's John, so we're, like, namesakes. So, I met him in the summer of 2001. It was the second month that I'd been in the village of Verkhniy Iskhoy at Aslan Gugayev's place. Back then none of us knew him. Just... His detachment is small. There were three of us there at the time: me, Fedka and a Jew, a commercial one. From Vladikavkaz, I think... Uh-huh. Called Semyon. Yeah, me and Fedka were sawing up wood when they brought them in on a truck. There were ...
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GDE ZH MOYA ZHELANNAYA
Written by Arangulov brothers, B. Pavlov
Performed by Khasan Arangulov
Played in the scene where Ivan and his friends are in Tobolsk around a bonfire
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Realistic
17 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I liked the film a lot. Sure enough, as an action film, it is more realistic than the Rambo movies, but it is not its biggest merit. I'd recommend watching the film only for the sake of getting to know the Russian perspective on things - Westerners, Chechen "freedom-fighters", the Russian army, Moscow, the Russian "outback", etc).

I did not see any problem with Ian Kelly's acting, he looked quite convincing to me - after all he was playing the role of a British actor.

My favourite quote from the film:

John: This is an offence against our human rights!

Chechen (in Russian): What does he want?

Russian translator (in Russian): He wants to drink.

Chechen (in Russian): Tell him to shut up or he'll get the gun-stock.

Russian translator: John, shut up.


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