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Trial on the Road (1986)

Proverka na dorogakh (original title)
The Russian POW joins the partisan guerrillas and proves his loyalty fighting the Nazis.


Aleksey German


Yuri German (stories), Eduard Volodarskiy




Cast overview:
Rolan Bykov ... Ivan Egorovich Lokotkov
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ... Igor Leonidovich Petushkov
Vladimir Zamanskiy ... Alexander Ivanovich Lazarev
Oleg Borisov ... Victor Mikhailovich Solomin
Fyodor Odinokov ... The Old Mine-Layer - Erofeich
Anda Zaice ... Inga - the partisan-interpreter (as Anda Zaytse)
Gennadi Dyudyayev ... Dmitry Mit'ka - a young partisan
Mayya Bulgakova ... An unhopeful woman-villager
Nikolay Burlyaev ... The young auxiliary policeman
Viktor Pavlov ... Kutenko - an auxiliary police watchman
Yuriy Dubrovin ... Col. Bolshakov - 'lieutenant Genka'
Igor Klass ... The Partisan-Estonian
N. Pokorsky N. Pokorsky


Film is set in the winter of 1942 during the Nazi occupation of Russia in WWII. Partisan guerrillas, headed by Ivan Lokotkov, are testing the POW Lazarev, who briefly collaborated with the Nazis for survival. Lazarev is not executed, but instead he is given a chance to prove his loyalty. He has to go back to the Nazi controlled railway station, where everyone knows him, and to hijack a train with food supplies. Lazarev proves himself a hero. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Drama | War


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The film was banned in the Soviet Union for 14 years and released only in 1985. See more »


Referenced in Evening Urgant: Polina Gagarina (2015) See more »

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Suppressed masterpiece of a war film
11 April 2001 | by Rave-ReviewerSee all my reviews

During the Second World War a Russian soldier, previously forced into collaboration with the Germans, escapes and joins the partisans but first has to prove his reliability. One of a number of films to re-emerge in the mid 80s, having been suppressed for being too challenging. The particular sin of this war film was to suggest that Stalin's policy of automatically shooting POWs on recovery was callous and ignored questions of conscience, treating all soldiers as potential traitors. It also shattered the idea, long upheld, of a united Soviet Union fighting the German devil: here the peasantry would prefer to be left alone by both sides since association with one brings reprisals from the other.

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October 1986 (USA) See more »

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