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The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

Letyat zhuravli (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 21 March 1960 (USA)
Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.

Director:

Mikhail Kalatozov

Writers:

Viktor Rozov (play), Viktor Rozov (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatyana Samoylova ... Veronika (as T. Samoylova)
Aleksey Batalov ... Boris (as A. Batalov)
Vasiliy Merkurev ... Fyodor Ivanovich (as V. Merkuryev)
Aleksandr Shvorin ... Mark (as A. Shvorin)
Svetlana Kharitonova ... Irina (as S. Kharitonova)
Konstantin Kadochnikov ... Volodya (as K. Nikitin)
Valentin Zubkov ... Stepan (as V. Zubkov)
Antonina Bogdanova ... Babushka (as A. Bogdanova)
Boris Kokovkin ... Chernov (as B. Kokovkin)
Ekaterina Kupriyanova Ekaterina Kupriyanova ... Anna Mikhajlovna (as Ye. Kupriyanova)
Valentina Ananina ... (as V. Ananina)
Valentina Vladimirova ... (as V. Vladimirova)
Olga Dzisko Olga Dzisko ... (as O. Dzisko)
Leonid Knyazev ... (as L. Knyazev)
Georgiy Kulikov ... (as Yu. Kulikov)
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Storyline

As the clouds of war spread over Russia during Germany's surprise invasion in 1941, the fervent young lovers, the sensitive Veronika and the stalwart Boris, are parted when the patriotic lad secretly volunteers for the war effort. During the following hard years, Veronika who serves her country as a wartime-nurse will lose communication with Boris, moreover, when a devastating air raid destroys her house and Boris' father takes her in to live with the family, unexpectedly, things will take a turn for the worse. Before long, the worried fiancée will find herself dealing not only with the dark thoughts of Boris' potential loss but also with the burden of an unwelcome decision. Once, the star-crossed lovers swore eternal devotion under a flock of flying cranes, still, a war is always cruel and eternally disastrous. Written by Nick Riganas

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A drama of young love - passion, devotion and betrayal. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

With the death of Stalin in 1953, the "cult of personality" that had infused many Soviet movies during his rule began to relax. "The Cranes are Flying" caused quite a stir upon its release as it deviated from that ruling. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boris: Wait, squirrel! Here. Put it on.
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Connections

Referenced in Closer to the Moon (2014) See more »

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Remarkable for its time
30 November 2002 | by wjficklingSee all my reviews

While watching this film recently, I constantly had to remind myself that it was made in 1957..........and in the USSR! That makes it all the more remarkable. Many of the cinematographic effects in the film seem cliched in 2002, but they were quite original in 1957. I first saw this film in 1963, when it was first released in the US, and I was struck by its originality then. Now just having seen it 40 years later, I have no reason to change my mind.


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Official Sites:

Mosfilm [rus]

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

21 March 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cranes Are Flying See more »

Filming Locations:

Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,923

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,923
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Company Credits

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Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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