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Ivan's Childhood (1962)

Ivanovo detstvo (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 27 June 1963 (USA)
In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers.

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(as Andrey Tarkovskiy), (uncredited)

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(story "Ivan") (as V. Bogomolov), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Ivan Bondarev (as Kolya Burlyaev)
... Leonid Kholin (as V. Zubkov)
... Galtsev (as Ye. Zharikov)
... Katasonov (as S. Krylov)
... Gryaznov (as N. Grinko)
... Old Man (as D. Milyutenko)
... Masha (as V. Malyavina)
... Ivan's Mother (as I. Tarkovskaya)
... Soldier with glasses (as A. Konchalovskiy)
... (as I. Savkin)
Vladimir Marenkov ... (as V. Marenkov)
... Girl
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Storyline

During World War II, 12-year old Ivan works as a spy on the eastern front. The small Ivan can cross the German lines unnoticed to collect information. Three Soviet officers try to take care of this boy-child. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Drama | War

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Trivia

The movie was based on a short story "Ivan" by Vladimir Bogomolov. Andrei Tarkovsky wrote in his book "Sculpting in Time" later that he did not find the book very good, but stories that were not well written were easier to adapt into films. See more »

Goofs

When Kholin and Galtsev take Ivan across the river in the boat, a tree into the water falls near them. It is supposed to be because of the military action taking place, but it can be seen that the base of the tree has been sawn across in a straight line. See more »

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Ivan's Mother: If a well is really deep, you can see a star down there even in the middle of a sunny day.
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Soundtracks

Ne velyat Mashe
[Song played on the gramophone. English translation: "Masha is not allowed beyond the river".]
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A memorable film.
28 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

This film by Tarkovsky depicts the story of Ivan, a child partisan in the eastern front during the second world war. The strength and immersion of the film are quite amazing, although it was made almost forty years ago it has not lost any of it's power and is still absolutely gripping. The dream sequences are especially powerful in the way they show the history and state of mind of the young Ivan.

The acting is very good and so are all the other aspects such as editing and cinematography that is exceptionally good. Overall the film is an example of directorial excellence, from a very simple story Tarkovsky is able to build a larger history with obvious references to christianity. Questions about humanity and the nature of humankind are in the center of this film and there are many reasons why this is one of the best war films that exist.


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