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Leningrad -- Winter, 1941. World War II rages on as Nazi troops invade the Soviet Union and besiege the devastated city of Leningrad. Foreign journalists are quickly evacuated, but in the chaos that ensues, Kate Davies is left behind.
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Some fight. Others fall. All are heroes.
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When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Mira Sorvino ... Keyt

Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Fon Leeb (as Armin Myuller Shtal)

Olga Sutulova ... Nina Tsvetkova

Gabriel Byrne ... Parker (as Gebriel Birn)

Mikhail Efremov ... Omelchenko
Aleksandr Abdulov ... Chigasov
Vladimir Ilin ... Malinin
Alyona Stebunova ... Sonya Krasko
Sergey Koltakov ... Zhdanov
David Verrey ... Finli (as Devid Verrey)
Viktor Smirnov ... Tolkunov
Vadim Loginov ... Yura Krasko (v detstve)

Marat Basharov ... Yura Krasko
Zhanna Nesterenko ... Sima Krasko (v detstve)... (as Zhanna Kostenko)
Aleksandra Kulikova ... Sima Krasko
Luiza Mosendz ... Vozdvizhenskaya
Aleksandr Polovtsev ... Pavlov
Valentina Talyzina ... Valentina
Mariya Golubkina ... Ageeva

Evgeniy Stychkin ... Kapitsa
Sergey Gorobchenko ... Selivanov
Marina Rokina ... Smirnova
Pavel Derevyanko ... Terekhin
Evgeniy Sidikhin ... Korneev
Mikhail Trukhin ... Vernik
Aleksandr Sirin ... Mayor Osipov
Eckehard Hoffmann ... Gitler (as Ekard Khoffman)

Alexander Beyer ... Valter Khokhsdorf (as Aleksandr Baer)
Aleksandr Filippenko ... Arkatov
Nikolay Olyalin ... Grevitskiy

Helen Lindsay ... Pristsilla Devis (as Khelen Lindsey)
Sergey Nikonenko ... Kapitan-artillerist
Valentin Gaft ... Rezhisser
Kirill Lavrov ... Diktor radio
Aleksandr Bashirov ... Kosoy

Christian Berkel ... Vinkelmayer (as Kristian Berkel)
Igor Lifanov ... Gorkin

Yuriy Kolokolnikov ... Nemetskiy letchik
Boris Smolkin ... Schetovod
Aleksey Melikhov (as A. Melikhov)
Roman Ageev (as R. Ageev)
Aleksandr Orlovskiy ... Kapitan NKVD Vasilev (as A. Orlovskiy)
Andrey Noskov (as A. Noskov)
Vyacheslav Karpov (as V. Karpov)
Ilya Mozgovoy (as I. Mozgovoy)
Aleksandr Levit (as A. Levit)
Vera Milovskaya (as V. Milovskaya)
Nataliya Kadochnikova (as N. Kadochnikova)
Marina Ivanova (as M. Ivanova)
Elena Yarema (as E. Yarema)
Aleksandr Pavlov (as A. Pavlov)
Liya Kuzmina (as L. Kuzmina)
Vera Bykova-Pizhel (as V. Bykova)
Nelli Molchanova (as N. Molchanova)
Aleksey Osipov (as A. Osipov)
Kseniya Buravskaya ... Kler Bishop (as S. Buravskaya)
Natalya Pivovarova (as N. Pivovarova)
Nataliya Lomakina (as N. Lomakina)
Aleksey Ispolatov (as A. Ispolatov)
Yuriy Teterin (as Yu. Teterin)
Valeriya Kiseleva (as V. Kiseleva)
R. Shebeko
Lidiya Dorotenko (as L. Dorotenko)
Inna Slobodskaya (as I. Slobodskaya)
Tatyana Rogozina (as T. Rogozina)
M. Gorbatskiy
Aleksey Fedkin (as A. Fedkin)
A. Maksimov
A. Baranov
Konstantin Demidov (as K. Demidov)
Pavel Gryaznov (as P. Gryaznov)
Vladimir Chernyshov (as V. Chernyshev)
Aleksandr Ryazantsev (as A. Ryazantsev)
Roman Pavlushev (as R. Pavlushev)
Aleksandr Eremin (as A. Eremin)
M. Vasilev
Vladimir Maslakov ... Grabitel (as V. Maslakov)
Olga Belyavskaya ... Amerikanskaya korrespondentka (as O. Belyavskaya)
E. Letyagina
Natalya Burmistrova (as N. Burmistrova)
Sergey Kudryavtsev (as S. Kudryavtsev)
S. Volkova
Anna Nestertsova ... Marusya (as A. Nestertsova)
Yaroslav Ivanov (as Ya. Ivanov)
Vladimir Maryanov ... Komandir razvedki (as V. Maryanov)
V. Maslov
Olga Filimonova (as O. Filimonova)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donatas Banionis ... Toyvo (uncredited)
Aleksandr Pashutin ... Tregub (uncredited)

Yekaterina Rednikova ... Alina, nemetskaya shpionka (uncredited)
Natalya Terekhova ... Verochka (uncredited)
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Directed by
Aleksandr Buravskiy 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aleksandr Buravskiy  writer
Chris Solimine  uncredited

Produced by
Aleksandr Buravskiy .... producer
Chris Curling .... producer
Peter Doyle .... producer
David Gamburg .... producer
Andre Gromkovski .... producer
Jenö Hodi .... executive producer
Olga Maksimova .... executive producer
Adrian Politowski .... executive producer
Michael Ryan .... executive producer
Dmitry Shutko .... line producer
Anna Sobinevskaya .... executive producer
Leo Zisman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yuriy Poteenko 
 
Cinematography by
Vladimir Klimov 
 
Film Editing by
Mariya Sergeenkova (Cinelex)
Dmitri Slobtsov 
M. Scott Smith 
 
Casting by
Uwe Bünker 
Larisa Isaeva 
Patricia Rose 
 
Art Direction by
Alexander Boim 
Alim Matvejchuk 
Pavel Novikov 
 
Set Decoration by
Vitaliy Sidorenko  (as V. Sidorenko)
 
Makeup Department
Natalya Krymskaya .... makeup artist
Vicky Phillips .... personal hair stylist: Mira Sorvino
Vicky Phillips .... personal makeup artist: Mira Sorvino
 
Production Management
Lisa Astakhova .... post-production supervisor
Lisa Astakhova .... production manager
Michael Kitaev .... production manager
Marina Leonova .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aaron Barsky .... first assistant director
Ksenia Shchedrina .... second assistant director
Boris Taskov .... additional first assistant director
Leo Zisman .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Rostislav Alimov .... supervising sound editor
Sergey Figner .... foley artist
Ella Khvorostova .... sound effects editor
Aleksandr Kopeykin .... sound designer
Pyotr Malafeev .... sound re-recording mixer
Yuliya Prozorovskaya .... sound effects editor
Maxim Romasevich .... sound effects mixer (as Maksim Romasevich)
Vladimir Schuster .... adr recordist
Sergey Shiposha .... sound effects editor
Denis Vakulenko .... sound effects editor
 
Visual Effects by
Normund Latsis .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Aleksandr Baranov .... stunt player
Sergey Golovkin .... stunts
Oleg Korytin .... stunt coordinator
Viktor Romanov .... stunts
Valery Rybin .... stunt coordinator
Aleksandr Samokhvalov .... stunts
Aleksey Samokhvalov .... stunts
Sergei Shulga .... stunts
Alexandr Soloviev .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrey Batukov .... first assistant camera
Igor Votintsev .... Steadicam operator
 
Editorial Department
Jason Bretz .... assistant editor
Fraser Cleland .... on-line editor
Maksim Malyavin .... digital intermediate supervisor
Adrian Murray .... assistant editor
Sergey Znamensky .... assistant editor
Simon Bourne .... di colorist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Nina Ruhkala .... driver: trailer, St. Petersburg (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Olga Alymova .... production coordinator
Krasimira Karachorova .... script supervisor
Anastasiya Mironova .... production assistant
Katerina Shashorina .... location manager
Kira Sinelshikova .... script supervisor
Alexei Slater .... assistant: HandMade International
Zinaida Zhdanova .... assistant production coordinator
Sara Janasz .... post delivery supervisor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
David P. Kelly .... thanks (as David Kelly)
 

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Also Known As:
"Attack on Leningrad" - International (English title) (DVD box title), UK (DVD box title), USA (DVD box title)
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Rated R for some violence (2011) (re-edited)
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110 min
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Edited from "Leningrad" (2007)See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Flawed but Ultimately Deeply Moving Film, 25 October 2011
Author: gradyharp from United States

'Some fight. Others fall. All are heroes.' ATTACK ON LENINGRAD as written and directed by Aleksandr Buravsky does indeed address one of the longest and costliest sieges in the history of war. History books relate it as follows: 'This was undoubtedly the most tragic period in the history of the city, a period full of suffering and heroism. For everyone who lives in St. Petersburg the Blokada (the Siege) of Leningrad is an important part of the city's heritage and a painful memory for the population's older generations. Less than two and a half months after the Soviet Union was attacked by Nazi Germany, German troops were already approaching Leningrad. The Red Army was outflanked and on September 8 1941 the Germans had fully encircled Leningrad and the siege began. The siege lasted for a total of 900 days, from September 8 1941 until January 27 1944. The city's almost 3 million civilians (including about 400,000 children) refused to surrender and endured rapidly increasing hardships in the encircled city. Food and fuel stocks were limited to a mere 1-2 month supply, public transport was not operational and by the winter of 1941-42 there was no heating, no water supply, almost no electricity and very little food. In January 1942 in the depths of an unusually cold winter, the city's food rations reached an all time low of only 125 grams (about 1/4 of a pound) of bread per person per day. In just two months, January and February of 1942, 200,000 people died in Leningrad of cold and starvation. Despite these tragic losses and the inhuman conditions the city's war industries still continued to work and the city did not surrender.' Buravsky made a tough decision in this film - whether to sow all the tragedy of a grand scale or reduce it to an examination of the effects of this heinous event as it affected the lives of a few characters. He elected to choose the latter approach which is one reason this film stands tall among the many films about the Siege of Leningrad. Yes, there are reenactments of the battles at the beginning of the film (and the atrocities throughout the film) but Buravsky focuses on three cultures in the form of individuals - the Russians, the Germans, and the British - and is careful to present the extremes of all three groups in telling his story.

The time is 1941 and Kate Davis (Mira Sorvino) is a British journalist who pleads with fellow journalist Philip Parker (Gabriel Byrne) to be assigned to the war front. She succeeds and is assigned to Leningrad where very quickly she is separated from her confrères and is left, wounded, inside the city of Leningrad as the Germans attempt to destroy the city and conquer Russia. Kate speaks little to no Russian, is discovered by Nina Tsvetkova (Olga Sutulova), a member of the Russian resistance, and takes Kate to safety where she becomes friends with children Sima and Yura Krasko (the brother is severely handicapped), manages to write articles about the war around her when she receives a typewriter as a gift, and in general aids the Russians in surviving the lack of food an supplies and support. The film includes vignettes of the Nazi's involvement (meetings with Hitler as portrayed by Eckehard Hoffmann and Armin Mueller-Stahl as von Leeb, et al) and the Russian military and political groups to keep the action plausible. But by far the main point of the film is to honor the citizens of Leningrad as they struggled to survive - with some caring help from the outside.

The film is in Russian, German, and English with subtitles; the choice is solid for keeping the atmosphere but the mix of the three languages seems to stall the propulsion of the action in many spots. The screenplay is more concerned with depicting the sense of the event than it is in providing a dialogue of sophistication. But the actors make the best of the script: Mira Sorvino, Gabriel Byrne, and Olga Sutulova are strong enough to carry the film. This may not be the best of the films about this subject, but it is certainly one of the most successful depictions of the degree of human suffering war inflicts - and for that reason it is worthy of a larger audience.

Grady Harp

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