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.
Did You Know?
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
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
If a well is really deep, you can see a star down there even in the middle of a sunny day.
Referenced in Dogville
Ne velyat Mashe
[Song played on the gramophone. English translation: "Masha is not allowed beyond the river".] See more