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The Cranes Are Flying ()

Letyat zhuravli (original title)
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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.

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Veronika (as T. Samoylova)
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Boris (as A. Batalov)
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Fyodor Ivanovich (as V. Merkuryev)
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Mark (as A. Shvorin)
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Irina (as S. Kharitonova)
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Volodya (as K. Nikitin)
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Stepan (as V. Zubkov)
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Babushka (as A. Bogdanova)
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Chernov (as B. Kokovkin)
Ekaterina Kupriyanova ...
Anna Mikhajlovna (as Ye. Kupriyanova)
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(as V. Ananina)
Olga Dzisko ...
(as O. Dzisko)
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(as K. Frolova)
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(as L. Knyazev)
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(as Yu. Kulikov)
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(as D. Netrebin)
Aleksandr Popov ...
(as Sasha Popov)
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(as I. Preys)
Georgiy Shamshurin ...
(as T. Shamshurin)
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(as N. Smorchkov)
Galina Stepanova ...
(as G. Stepanova)

Directed by

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Mikhail Kalatozov

Written by

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Viktor Rozov ... (play "Vecno zivye")
 
Viktor Rozov ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Mikhail Kalatozov ... producer

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Moisey Vaynberg ... (as M. Vaynberg)

Cinematography by

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Sergey Urusevskiy ... (as S. Urusevsky)

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Mariya Timofeeva ... (as M. Timofeeva)

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Evgeniy Svidetelev ... (as E. Svidetelev)

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Leonid Naumov ... (as L. Naumov)

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Olga Struntsova ... makeup artist (as O. Struntsova)

Production Management

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Igor Vakar ... production manager (as I. Vakar)

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Kevin Adickes ... sound effects editor
Igor Mayorov ... sound (as I. Mayorov)

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Nikolay Olonovskiy ... camera operator (as N. Olonovsky)

Location Management

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Bela Fridman ... location manager (as B. Fridman)

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Arnold Roytman ... conductor (as A. Roytman)

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V. Korostylyov ... text writer
Adán Latonda ... dubbing director: spanish version (2008)

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines So Much to Love - So Little Time See more »
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Also Known As
  • Летят журавли (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Miprinaven tseroebi (Soviet Union, Georgian title)
  • The Cranes Are Flying (World-wide, English title)
  • The Cranes Are Flying (United States)
  • Quand passent les cigognes (France)
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  • 95 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia One of the most notable features of the film is cinematographer Sergey Urusevskiy's then ground-breaking use of hand-held cameras. He had learned how to film like this when he was a military cameraman during the war. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Nitrate Base (1996). See more »
Quotes Stepan: Dear mother, father, sisters and brothers! The happiness of our reunion is immeasurable. The heart of every Soviet citizen is filled with joy. Joy sings in our hearts. It is victory that has brought us this joy. We have all waited for this moment. But we shall not forget those left behind on the battlefield. Time will pass. Towns and villages will be rebuilt. Our wounds will heal. But our fierce hatred of war will never diminish. We share the grief of those who cannot meet their loved ones today, and we will do everything to insure that sweethearts are never again parted by war, that mothers need never again fear for their children's lives, that fathers need never again choke back hidden tears. We have won, and we shall live not to destroy, but to build a new life!
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