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Release Date:
6 June 2011 (Georgia) See more »
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Their only weapon is the truth.
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A drama set centered around the war between Russia and Georgia, and focused on an American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native who become caught in the crossfire. | Full synopsis »
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As the movie admits, truth is the first casualty of war propaganda films ... er, just war See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Rupert Friend ... Thomas Anders

Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Tatia Meddevi

Richard Coyle ... Sebastian Ganz

Heather Graham ... Miriam Eisner

Johnathon Schaech ... Cpt. Rezo Avaliani

Rade Serbedzija ... Col. Alexandr Demidov (as Rade Sherbedgia)

Andy Garcia ... President Mikheil Saakashvili

Val Kilmer ... Dutchman

Mikko Nousiainen ... Daniil
Mikheil Gomiashvili ... Anton Meddevi
Ana Imnadze ... Sofi Meddevi (as Ani Imnadze)

Antje Traue ... Zoe

Kenneth Cranham ... Michael Stilton (as Ken Cranham)

Dean Cain ... Chris Bailot
Sergo Shvedkov ... Minister Temur Iakobashvili

Steven Robertson ... Minister Davit Kezerashvili

Alan McKenna ... Minister Alexander Lomaia
Giorgi Tsaava ... Maj. Lavrin
Lasha Kankava ... Daniil's Man #1
Beka Tabukashvili ... Daniil's Man #2
Lasha Okreshidze ... Georgian Lieutenant
Kakha Mikiashvili ... Inn Keeper
Natia Metreveli ... Inn Keeper's Wife
Lile Oniani ... Inn keeper's infant
Natalia Gularashvili ... Inn keeper's baby
Gia Kusikashvili ... Village Man
Lia Suluashvili ... Woman Shot in Knees
Koka Shanava ... Militia Boy

Anna Walton ... Karin
Liako Gogidze ... Waitress

Tornike Bziava ... Giorgi the guide
Kakha Gogidze ... Priest
Giorgi Kipshidze ... Iraqi Taxi Driver
Levan Pirtskhalava ... Georgian Lieutenant
Zurab Ingorokva ... Georgian Captain (as Zura Ingorokva)
Rostom Lortkipanidze ... Priest

Luke Albright ... Satellite Van Tech Jameson
Jino Jiniuzashvili ... Oldest Militia Boy
Giorgi Ushikishvili ... Wedding singer
Manana Midelashvili ... Disabled Woman
Ruslan Bakradze ... Disabled Man
Aleko Gabedava ... Rezo's Soldier
Nika Tserediani ... Chief of Police
Malkhaz Abuladze ... Mayor
Natalia Kipshidze ... Girl in Church
Dali Doijashvili ... Older Village Woman
Nino Jokhadze ... Young Village Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alek Friedman ... Russian soldier (voice) (uncredited)

Konstantin Lavysh ... Russian Soldier / Spetsnaz (voice) (uncredited)
Avi Liani ... Georgian Soldier (uncredited)

Beka Sikharulidze ... Groom / Russian Soldier (voice) (uncredited)
Givi Sikharulidze ... Valdas Adamkus - President of Lithuania (uncredited)
Zura Tsintsqiladze ... Valdis Zatlers - President of Latvia (uncredited)

Rick Yudt ... Mark Rudolph (uncredited)

Directed by
Renny Harlin 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mikko Alanne (screenplay)

David Battle (based on a screenplay by)

Produced by
Mirza Davitaia .... producer
Michael P. Flannigan .... executive producer
Giorgi Gelovani .... executive producer
Renny Harlin .... producer
David Imedo .... executive producer (as David Imedashvili)
Lis Kern .... associate producer
Cyndy Kuipers .... executive producer
Christopher Landry .... co-producer
George Lascu .... producer
Avi Liani .... co-producer
Dan Masciarelli .... producer: main title, Rok!t
Koba Nakopia .... producer
Nikki Stanghetti .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Trevor Rabin 
 
Cinematography by
Checco Varese 
 
Film Editing by
Brian Berdan 
 
Casting by
Nancy Nayor 
 
Production Design by
Marc Greville-Masson 
 
Art Direction by
Annie Sperling 
Tea Telia 
 
Set Decoration by
Guga Kotetishvili 
 
Costume Design by
Elvis Davis 
 
Makeup Department
Veriko Bedeladze .... assistant makeup artist
Irma Datuashvili .... makeup artist
Sophie Machavariani .... third makeup artist
Snejina Merdganova .... key makeup artist
Nana Nanuli .... assistant makeup artist
Lavrenti Sarishvili .... hair stylist
Dimitrina Stoyanova .... key hair stylist
Yana Stoyanova .... makeup department head
Yana Stoyanova .... makeup designer
Rick Stratton .... tattoo artist
Tamta Turkadze .... assistant makeup artist
Pasha Usubyan .... assistant hair stylist
Salome Zakaraia .... crowd makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mamuka Chicradze .... production manager
George Imedashvili .... production manager
Zachary Matz .... executive in charge of production
Giorgi Ramishvili .... production manager
Iliya Sotirov .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tommy Martin .... second assistant director
Lasha Minaiashvili .... first assistant director: second unit
Vladimir Orlov .... second unit director
Brad Robinson .... second second assistant director
Gregory Santoro .... second second assistant director
Shea Varge .... second second assistant director
Mary Ellen Woods .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Tarik Amchemar .... props
Bilyana Buchmann .... assistant property master
Dirk Buchmann .... property master
Jonathan Gesinski .... storyboard artist
Giorgi Gogorikidze .... art department buyer
Zura Gogorikidze .... props
Maximino Gonzalez .... construction manager
Eka Ioseliani .... art department coordinator
Alexandre Kapanadze .... graphic designer
Grigori Laperadze .... construction coordinator
Irakli Mchedlidze .... on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
Christopher S. Aud .... supervising sound editor
Nick Baldock .... adr recordist
Benjamin Beardwood .... sound editor
Stephanie Brown .... assistant sound editor
Richard Bullock Jr. .... boom operator
Eric Flickinger .... digital mix technician
Karyn Foster .... adr editor
Dave Fritz .... adr recordist
Adam Horley .... adr recordist
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Laurent Kossayan .... sound effects editor
Nick Kray .... adr mixer
Mark L. Mangino .... supervising dialogue editor
Marc Meyer .... sound effects editor
Téa Mindeli .... sound
Robert Sharman .... sound mixer
Andy Stallabrass .... adr recordist
Nino Tevdorashvili .... utility sound
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ilya Churinov .... special effects coordinator
Andrei Doronin .... special effects technician
Andrey Emelyanov .... special effects technician
Nikoloz Gabashvili .... special effects technician
Soso Gvasalia .... special effects technician
Anton Melnikov .... special effects technician
Roman Pershin .... special effects technician
Igor Titov .... special effects foreman
Mikhail Yakushev .... special effects technician
Alexander Zhurikin .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Stephen Delisle .... digital compositor
Brian DeMetz .... visual effects technical director: Final Light VFX
Scott Dougherty .... visual effects executive producer: Furious FX
Ben Kilgore .... visual effects artist
Marcin Kummer .... digital compositor: Celluloid Visual Effects
Vladimir Leschinski .... senior visual effects supervisor
David Lingenfelser .... executive visual effects supervisor: Furious Fx
Elena Lotanova .... visual effects production assistant
James McQuaide .... visual effects supervisor
Landon Medeiros .... compositor: Furious FX
Gary Oldroyd .... visual effects producer: Sub/Par Pix
Bryan Shepperd .... cg artist: Furious FX
Mark Shoaf .... cg supervisor: Furious FX
Tommy Tran .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Dmitry Aksyonov .... stunts (as Dmitry Axenov)
Shota Aphazishvili .... stunts
Pavel Avilov .... stunts
Sviatolsav Barabolia .... stunts
Aleksandr Baranov .... stunts
Vyacheslav Barkovskiy .... stunts (as Vyacheslav Barkovsky)
Beka Chitiashvili .... stunts
Ucha Dolidze .... stunts
Kristina Gagiladze .... stunts
Vyacheslav Ivanov .... stunts
Martynas Ivanova .... stunts
Ruslan Khabibullov .... stunts
Zed Korshoonoff .... stunts
Alexander Kraevskiy .... stunts
Nika Nadashvili .... stunts
Zura Nanobashvili .... stunts
Sergey Nosulenko .... stunts (as Sergei Nosulenko)
Vladimir Orlov .... stunt coordinator
Nikolay Pavlyuk .... stunts (as Nikolai Pavlyuk)
Oleg Poddubnyy .... stunts (as Oleg Poddubny)
Gela Poladashvili .... stunts
Keti Shareidze .... stunts
Vladimir Shishkin .... stunt rigger
Alexander Solovyev .... stunts
Yury Tomlin .... stunts
Anton Tonavaniani .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vaja Aprasidze .... grip
Darren Boyce .... key grip
Arturo Castañeda .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Sandro Darakhvelidze .... first assistant camera
Vaja Demetrashvili .... first assistant camera
Temo Ezieshvili .... grip
Jerry Fil .... b dolly grip
Filip Filipov .... a dolly grip
Levan Gogoladze .... grip
Shalva Gogoladze .... grip
Sascia Ippoliti .... camera operator: aerial unit
Sascia Ippoliti .... steadicam operator: b-camera operator
Gorgaslan Khaindrava .... grip
Nikolai Kostov .... best boy grip
Luis Lattanzi .... additional camera operator
Luis Lattanzi .... first assistant camera
Shota Liparteliani .... data wrangler
Michael Mansouri .... digital film technician
Irakli Metreveli .... second assistant camera
Dennis Noyes .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Radoslav Petkov .... video assist
Iura Pogosov .... dolly grip
Anthony Police .... key rigging grip
Anthony Police .... rigging gaffer
Giorgi Shvelidze .... camera operator
Levan Sikharulidze .... second assistant camera
Yuda Tatarko .... gaffer
Zura Tsuleiskiri .... grip
Joshua Turner .... aerial camera assistant
Joshua Turner .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Vigen Vartanov .... digital imaging technician
Ivan Vatzov .... assistant camera
George 'Jib Arm' Zakaidze .... grip
Jondy Zakaidze .... grip
 
Casting Department
Brittany Burke .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tamar Guliashvili .... set costumer
Sofia Kharebashvili .... assistant costume designer
Irina Kotcheva .... costume supervisor
Jasmina Vasileva .... key costumer (as Jasmina Vasileva-Stoichkova)
 
Editorial Department
Evans Butterworth .... digital intermediate executive
Tom Dailey .... first assistant editor
Maxine Gervais .... digital intermediate colorist
Kathleen Largay .... digital intermediate colorist assist
Adam Ohl .... digital intermediate producer
Tom Scully .... assistant editor
Jeff Smithwick .... color timer
 
Music Department
Robb Boyd .... music editor
Steve Kempster .... score recordist
Paul Linford .... composer: additional music
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
 
Transportation Department
Andro Klebanski .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Zviadi Alkhanaidze .... location manager
Bob Corff .... voice coach
Tad Driscoll .... production accountant
Nina Eristavi .... adr voice
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Tamuna Galdava .... production secretary
Maia Imedashvili .... production assistant
Nino Jorjadze .... production assistant
Natalie Khakhnelidze .... production assistant
Dea Kulumbegashvili .... key production assistant
Avi Liani .... financial manager
Amanda MacLachlan .... assistant: Val Kilmer
Traci Martin .... first assistant accountant
Jill McCullough .... dialect coach
Sophie Parjiani .... production assistant
Tanoa Parks .... production accountant
Stasi Petrova .... production coordinator
Rusudan Pirveli .... assistant: Michael P. Flannigan
Marina Ranghelova .... travel agent
Sam Sako .... adr voice
Vicki L. Sawyer .... production accountant: prep
Shane B. Scott .... script supervisor
Nikki Stanghetti .... assistant: Renny Harlin
Ina Vaseva .... assistant production coordinator
Rick Lipton .... dialogue coach: Rupert Friend (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Charles Ferraro .... the producers wish to thank
Liisa Harjola .... the producers wish to thank
Luukas Harlin .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Also Known As:
"City on Fire" - Malaysia (English title) (theatrical title)
"5 Days" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
"City on Fire" - Asia (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong bloody war violence and atrocities, and for pervasive language.
Runtime:
113 min
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Trivia:
In the scene of mayhem Avnevi village on one of the tanks was written inscription "Chinval, Moskva za toboi!" (Tskhinvali, Moscow behind you!).See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At 1:26:19 the satellite upload screen showing the progress of the upload indicates the "Pre-cash". It should have been spelled "Pre-cache".See more »
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51 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
As the movie admits, truth is the first casualty of war propaganda films ... er, just war, 31 July 2011
Author: jennyhor2004 from Australia

Directed by Renny Harlin and financed by the Georgian government, this drama is a Russian-bashing screed about the 2008 South Ossetia war and the events leading to it. The movie revolves around the experiences of two news reporters Thomas Anders (Rupert Friend) and Sebastian Ganz (Richard Coyle) who accept an assignment in Tbilisi, Georgia, a year after their previous assignment together in Iraq ended badly: the two men were rescued by a Georgian military unit in that country after their car was ambushed by militants. Anders and Ganz's noses for news (and trouble) get them fired upon while watching a wedding at a rural Georgian inn, avoiding capture while witnessing and filming atrocities by Russian troops who have invaded the country, and ending up as prisoners of a Russian general (Rade Serbedzija). While simultaneously escaping, yet being drawn to, trouble and danger, the reporters pick up a Georgian woman, Tatia (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a guest at the wedding at the inn. Through Tatia and a collective effort to broadcast Ganz's images to the rest of the world while keeping them away from the Russians, Anders finds a new purpose in life and a reason to go on living.

The romance between Anders and Tatia doesn't make sense: why should the two fall in love simply because chance threw them together and put them in danger together and individually? Any "chemistry" that might exist isn't present and the pair's kiss looks like an after-thought. More believable is Anders's loyalty to Ganz when Ganz is injured in a bomb attack and apparently dying: the two have been in many intense life-and-death situations which few other people can understand and sympathise with. Both men are devoted to seeking the truth behind layers of propagandistic fog though paradoxically this search can make them vulnerable to manipulation by politicians and the military. The plot's emphasis on safeguarding the memory stick that holds Ganz's images and the Russians' attempt to destroy it leaves no room for character development with the result that Anders, Ganz and their fellow journalists end up perpetuating old World War Two stereotypes about Russian soldiers torturing and killing people, raping women and torching farms and properties with flamethrowers. (Such stereotypes admittedly are based on fact: Soviet soldiers did act barbarically towards German civilians in the 1940s, partly as a result of the debased culture in the Soviet armed forces that arose after the purges of high-ranking military officers in the 1930s as ordered by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, a Georgian native - what irony.) As the movie carries on, hackneyed plot twists appear: Tatia's family is riven apart by internal betrayal, Ganz is threatened with torture by the Russian general's sadistic enforcer (Nikko Mousiainen), an attempt to broadcast Ganz's images fails when the reporters are targeted by a Russian helicopter, and Ganz is hurt in the helicopter attack. The enforcer kidnaps Tatia and forces Anders to choose between saving her life and keeping Ganz's film.

The film could have focused more closely on the dilemmas that journalists in war zones face: for one thing, whether the search for truth justifies putting their own lives and the lives of innocents in danger. There are various political and ethical decisions they have to make: how closely should they work with the government or the military? how would such work interfere with their journalist code of ethics? There is a female journalist featured who is embedded with a Georgian army unit and viewers may well wonder what compromises she made to get the story and pictures she wants for her employer. Will the opinions she expresses and the images she shows reflect a definite political agenda? The actors do what they can with the story and give at least a three-dimensional look to their characters. Andy Garcia as Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili gives the best performance, endowing his character with a dignity the real person probably doesn't deserve: before the 2008 war, Saakashvili had been criticised for the use of brutal police force against protesters in an anti-government demonstration, and for declaring a state of emergency and suppressing press freedoms as a result of the protests, in November 2007. Well-known US actors Val Kilmer and Dean Cain do little other than parrot their lines and strut about as reporter and diplomat respectively and fellow US actor Jonathan Schaek as Georgian military officer Captain Avaliani spends his screen time saving Anders and Ganz's hides.

Any saving graces are in the Georgian settings: the cinematography features some lovely shots of a town perched on cliffs overlooking a winding river and of the countryside with its mountains and deep gorges. A church used as a refuge gives the film crew opportunities to photograph pictures of religious icons and the wedding scene featured early in the movie gives a little insight into Georgian customs, traditional dress styles and folk dances. Curiously there are no native Georgian actors in the film's major and minor acting roles; Georgians are present only as extras.

By lapsing into an action-movie rut the film fails to give a near-accurate portrayal of the work news journalists do and the problems they face in unusual and intense situations where disinformation, propaganda and fear replace speech and press freedoms. The film does not do what it claims to do: the source of the film's financing alone puts paid to any pretence of impartiality and regard for truth. The Georgian armed forces are portrayed as decent and heroic, the Russians as cruel, barbaric and even criminal: in truth, both sides were guilty of over-reaction to provocation with Georgia attacking South Ossetia first with heavy firepower and both Georgians and Russians alike committing grave war crimes. The US role in supplying arms and military training to Georgia since the Rose Revolution in 2003 and encouraging a belligerent attitude towards Russia should not go uncondemned either.

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