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Fate of a Man (1959)

Sudba cheloveka (original title)
The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a ... See full summary »

Director:

Sergey Bondarchuk

Writers:

Yuriy Lukin (as Yu. Lukin), Fyodor Shakhmagonov (as F. Shakhmagonov) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sergey Bondarchuk ... Sokolov
Pavel Boriskin Pavel Boriskin ... Vanja (as Pavlik Boriskin)
Zinaida Kirienko ... Irina
Pavel Volkov ... Ivan
Yuri Averin Yuri Averin ... Muller (as Yu. Averin)
Kirill Alekseyev Kirill Alekseyev ... German Major
Pavel Vinnikov Pavel Vinnikov
Evgeniy Teterin
Anatoli Chemodurov
Lev Borisov
Georgi Shapovalov Georgi Shapovalov
Aleksandr Novikov Aleksandr Novikov ... (as A. Novikov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikolai Aparin Nikolai Aparin ... Captive in the church (as N. Aparin)
Vyacheslav Berezko Vyacheslav Berezko ... (as V. Beryozko)
Vladimir Ivanov
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The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a prisoner, and his only son was killed in action only a few days before the victory... Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | German

Release Date:

12 April 1959 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Destiny of a Man See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The DVD release was not authorized Inside the former USSR countries. See more »

Goofs

When the lead character steals the Nazi car, in broad daylight, a owl echo sounds. See more »

Quotes

Sokolov: [Snaps to attention] Prisoner Sokolov reporting as ordered.
Muller: So four cubic meters is too much to quarry, eh?
Sokolov: It is, Commandant, far too much.
Muller: And you need only one cubic meter for your grave, right?
Sokolov: Yes, that's quite enough for a grave. Even there'd be room to spare.
Muller: I'm going to do you a great honor. I'll shoot you with my own pistol.
[Gesturing with his gun]
Muller: Let's go into the yard.
Sokolov: Whatever you say.
[Turns sharply about face]
[...]
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Russian heavyweight with all the miseries of the second world war
6 September 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

Sergei Bondarchuk directs the film and plays the lead himself. Thus he dominates the entire film from beginning to the end, and although he is a most qualified actor and director, you lack the smallest shade of polyphony. The story is by Mikhail Sholokhov, the main Soviet nationalist, and his tendencies to glorify Soviet Russia shines through especially in his treatment of the Germans, who are all abominable stereotypes - with the exception of one drunkard and the final general. There is not a shred of the slightest sense of humour in the film and almost no smiles even, except in the last moment when the boy comes in and and lets in some well needed and most comforting sunshine. Thus the dreadful story ends with the victory of humanity. It's a masterpiece, of course, but the whole film is a slow and depressing ordeal.


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