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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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Storyline

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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Soviet POW's Belatedly Rehabilitated
26 July 2010 | by jhrclbpmarSee all my reviews

The work is absolutely stunning visually, at times radical in its framing. It is perfectly understandable that since the film was made only 5 years after Stalin's death the political strictures under which it was made forced the director to be careful to avoid depicting the persecution suffered by returning Soviet POW's under his rule, but by focusing on the suffering they, and most particularly the protagonist, experienced as prisoners in German work camps and the steadfast and heroic endurance they maintained in the face of cruelty and hardship he is completely successful in politically rehabilitating them as patriots, both for their contemporaries and for Soviet posterity. A beautiful and at times quite moving film. Highly recommended.


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