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Ukroshcheniye ognya (1972)

About Russian space program and missile industry, and it's founder Sergei P. Korolev, from the 1920s to the first man in space in 1961.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirill Lavrov ... Andrei Bashkirtsev
Ada Rogovtseva ... Natasha
Igor Gorbachyov ... Evgeniy Ognev
Andrei Popov ... Nikolay Logunov
Igor Vladimirov ... Anatoliy Golovin
Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy ... Konstantin Tsiolkovskiy
Vsevolod Safonov ... Leonid Sretenskiy
Zinoviy Gerdt ... Artur Kartashov
Svetlana Korkoshko ... Zoya Konstantinova
Pyotr Shelokhonov ... Mikhail Karelin (as P. Shelokhonov)
Yuri Leonidov ... Morozov (as Yu. Leonidov)
Igor Petrovsky Igor Petrovsky ... (as I. Petrovsky)
Andro Kobaladze Andro Kobaladze ... Iosif Stalin (as A. Kobaladze)
Galiks Kolchitskiy ... Igor Kurchatov (as G. Kolchinsky)
Lavr Lyndin Lavr Lyndin ... First Cosmonaut (as L. Lyndin)


1930 year. Young Andrei Bashkirtsev, just graduated from school, goes to Moscow with drawings of a self-constructed airplane. Illiterate drawings are rejected, but Bashkirtsev does not abandon his dream - to build a jet-engine aircraft. But life disposes differently, and Bashkirtsev becomes the first person in Soviet rocket engineering. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Russian TV networks have shown this film on 12 April (the anniversary of first man in space) every year since 1973. See more »

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a lot of propaganda and not much of history
23 February 2007 | by alex-649See all my reviews

This movie is loosely based on biography of one of the fathers of Soviet cosmonautics - S.P.Korolev. Though definitely the heroic deeds of army of Soviet engineers worth all kind of awards, but this movie leaves me disappointed.

This film is outdated today and looks more like propaganda movie, especially at the end - Lenin, communist party, revolutionary song in at the party in Kremlin.

Name Bashkirtsev is used here not because S.P.Korolev was a top secret engineer, but because some episodes of the movie have nothing to do with S.P.Korolev. Before WWII he was in prison, in GULAG camp, then in sharashka - a secret research center under supervision of NKVD. Anyone interested in real facts of Korolev would read Wikipedia, and would not not watch this movie.

Next is the main idea that is driving Bashkirtsev: flying into space to Mars and to Moon. This movie never says that the main goal of Korolev research center was to create an intercontinental ballistic missile. A space program was just a side project that was used later by Soviet government as another propaganda vehicle. Thsi movie shows as if Bashkirtsev is a lunatic driven by a single idea to launch rockets into space, and military usage of rockets has nothing to do with him or the whole Baikonur launch site. This is again a propaganda cliché.

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Release Date:

June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Taming of the Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlantic Ocean See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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