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The Brest Fortress (2010)
"Brestskaya krepost" (original title)

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A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Russian troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Kopashov ...
Sashka Akimov (as Alyosha Kopashov)
Andrey Merzlikin ...
Pavel Derevyanko ...
Aleksandr Korshunov ...
Maksim Kostromykin ...
Anna Tsukanova ...
Sergey Tsepov ...
Benik Arakelyan ...
Mikhail Pavlik ...
Sergey Vlasov ...
Aleksandr Sirin ...
Evgeniy Tsyganov ...
Tatyana Kamina ...
Shura Pochernikova
Veronika Nikonova ...
Anya Kizhevatova
Yana Esipovich ...
Zhena Kizhevatova


The film shows the heroic defense of the Brest Fortress, which had taken upon the first strike of German fascist invaders on June 22 1941. Story describes the events of the first days of the defense. The film tells about three main resistance zones, headed by the regiment commander, Pyotr Mikhailovich Gavrilov, the commissar Efim Moiseevich Fomin and the head of the 9th frontier outpost, Andrey Mitrofanovich Kizhevatov. Many years later veteran Alexander Akimov again and again recalls the memories of the time, when he, then a 15 year old Sasha Akimov was deeply in love with the beautiful Anya and suddenly found himself in the middle of the bloody events of war. Written by Anonymous

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In 1941 the Nazis attacked the Russian fortress at Brest. Surrender was not an option.


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true war story brilliantly told in epic film
18 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sunday shop in Asda Superstore Brighton UK. Always look at new DVD display. Full this week of USA horror and comedy Z movies. This shop also puts new foreign films with subtitles on the display, prices reduced as the lazy Brits still can't be botherd to read a subtitled film. What a lazy bunch some of us are, all though the Norwegion sub titled fun fest that is The Troll Hunter is pulling them in here in Brighton. I digress.I like true history, this film of the heroic defence of the Brest Fortress in June 1941 was something even at my age, 70 I had never heard of.Half way through, it's 138 mins long,I halt it for a cup of tea and said out loud, Hey a real film, no bloody CIC,no American crap heroics,and boy I am looking forward to seeing the rest.In my tea break I find that this fantastic heartbreaking true war film did not even get a UK cinema release. Disgraceful.All the performances are stunning, the film looks great on the wide print. Rent this and learn what barstards the Nazis really were. Highly recommended.

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