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This is a story of a great love facing the greatest drama of the history of Russia.

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Sergey Timirev
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Mikhail Smirnov
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Oleg Fomin ...
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Vladimir Rybaltovskiy
Viktor Verzhbitskiy ...
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Kinorezhisser Sergey Fyodorovich (as Fyodor Bondarchuk)
Nikolay Burlyaev ...
Olga Ostroumova
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Admiral Kolchak is a true war hero and beloved husband and father. One day he meets Anna, the love of his life and the wife of his best friend. The revolution in his heart faces the revolution in his own country... His destiny is to became the Supreme Rules of Russia. Written by Abatoli Maksimov

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Admiral - Warrior. Hero. Legend.  »

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When Admiral Kolchak is addressing his troops in November 1918 at the Eastern Front, a variety of flags can be seen in the background, including an American flag that clearly has nine rows of stars. All American flags of this period had just six rows of stars; the US flag didn't contain more than six rows of stars until 1959, when on January 3 a seventh row was added to recognize Alaska's entry into the union, and on August 21 the stars were rearranged in nine rows in recognition of Hawaii's entry. See more »

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Lost potential
19 February 2013 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

Let me preface this by disclosing that I am not from Russia. Perhaps the movie becomes more compelling if you are raised in the Russian society and culture, but I wasn't.

Here is the review of the movie in a nutshell: There was potential for greatness, but it was wasted on a mechanical love triangle and historical superficiality. Shame.

For example, the lovers never get intimate. It is as if they are constantly waiting for the camera crew to leave. There is no passion between them. This made various key plot elements hard to buy.

Also, we never get a good sense of why the Admiral is fighting for the dying regime. From what I have read on the net, he was a passionate anti-Bolshevik but we don't get that sense in the movie. Why does he put everything on the line after the monarchy falls? Why doesn't he just leave? Why do the soldiers loyal to him keep fighting? What does he want to do with Russia if he can beat the Reds? We get no clue, no explanation, no plan, no rationale, not even a trace of human emotion grounding the resistance. What we see is someone in a uniform going through the motions. He appears to be a good actor too, so if I had to point my finger on someone, I would blame the failure on the screenwriter and the director.

But perhaps that's actually how the war happened, which could explain why he lost against the Reds.

In the end, the movie fails on both counts: It is not a believable love- triangle drama and it is not a compelling history movie. Unless you already care deeply about the historical figures in the movie, you wont find yourself moved.

I don't recommend it to any audience.


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