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Heroes of Shipka (1955)

Geroite na Shipka (original title)
Epic historical drama. The Russo - Turkish War of Liberation of 1878 and the role of the Bulgarian Volunteer Gorps.

Director:

Sergey Vasilev
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Pereverzev ... Katorgin
Viktor Avdyushko ... Osnobishin (as V. Avdyushko)
Georgiy Yumatov ... Cossack Sashko Kozir
Konstantin Sorokin ... Makar Lizyuta
Petko Karlukovsky Petko Karlukovsky
Apostol Karamitev ... Petka
Anatoliy Alekseev Anatoliy Alekseev ... Timofey
Evgeniy Samoylov ... Gen. Skobolov
Aleksandr Smirnov
Nikolai Massalitinov Nikolai Massalitinov ... Gorchakov (as N. Massalitinov)
Nikolai Simonov
Bruno Frejndlikh Bruno Frejndlikh
Stefan Pejchev ... Panayot
Zheni Bozhinova Zheni Bozhinova ... Boyka (as Ye. Bozhinova)
Katya Chukova Katya Chukova ... Ionka (as K. Chukova)
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Storyline

The April Uprising of 1876 has been drowned in blood. Bulgarians cherish the hope that Russia will help them to win liberation from Ottoman bondage. In St. Petersburg a rally in support of the enslaved Slav nation is held. The possible repercussions, both at home and abroad, of war between Russia and Turkey are discussed at Tsar Alexander'court. The same issue is considered by the representatives of other Great Powers at Bismark's office. The Russo-Turkish War is declared. The Russian troops are on their way to Bulgaria.They cross the Danube. Near the town of Stara Zagora the Russian present the force of Bulgarian volunteers with a banner made in the town of Samara, Russia. At the Sultan's palace Lord Henry Eliot helps in decision-making at this time of crisis for the Empire. The battle for Stara Zagora. The population leaves the town. In the battle for Shipka pass the Bulgarian volunteers fight side by side with the Russian soldiers under the command of general Stoletov. The battle ... Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | History | War

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Country:

Soviet Union | Bulgaria

Language:

Russian | Bulgarian

Release Date:

7 September 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heroes of Shipka See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Magicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The re-birth of a nation
5 May 2005 | by luttensSee all my reviews

The film focuses on a key event in the history of Bulgaria - the Russo-Turkish War of Liberation \1877-1878\, after which the Bulgarian nation won its Freedom. The film follows the crucial moments of the war. Thousands of extras were used to depict the crossing of the Danube and the battle of Stara Zagora. At Stara Zagora the leading elements of the Russian army \the so called Forward squad\ and the Bulgarian volunteers met the army of generalissimo Suleiman pasha, fought bravely and, after all, were pushed back to the strategic Shipka pass. The defense of the pass in august 1877 proved to be one of the most famous battles, fought on Bulgarian soil. It also became a legendary victory for both the Bulgarians and the Russians. It is, of course, the climax of the film, with vivid battle sequences. The Russo-Bulgarian military comradeship is shown here at its best with a lot of memorable moments. The film then brings us to the siege of Pleven, where the army of marshal Osman pasha was surrounded, and, after several bloody assaults by the Russian forces, eventually was urged to surrender in November 1877. The film also shows the passing of the Balkan mountain range and the march to Constantinople, where, in a small suburb of the Turkish capital, called San Stefano, the cease-fire agreement took place \3.03.1878\ and Bulgaria emerged after 500 years of oblivion


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