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Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (1974)

V boy idut odni 'stariki' (original title)
During World War II, a Soviet veteran pilot teaches to newcomers that war is transient, and music is eternal.

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Leonid Bykov
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Credited cast:
Leonid Bykov ... Aleksey Titarenko (as L. Bykov)
Sergei Podgornyj ... Viktor Shchedronov 'Smuglyanka' (as S. Podgornyy)
Sergei Ivanov ... leytenant Aleksandrov 'Kuznechik' (as S. Ivanov)
Rustam Sagdullaev ... leytenant Sagdullayev 'Romeo' (as R. Sagdullayev)
Evgeniya Simonova ... Masha Popova (as Ye. Simonova)
Olga Mateshko ... Zoya (as O. Mateshko)
Vladimir Talashko ... Sergey Skvortzov (as V. Talashko)
Viktor Miroshnichenko ... mayor Ivan Yermakov 'Kompolka' (as V. Miroshnichenko)
Aleksei Smirnov ... Makarych (as A. Smirnov)
Alim Fedorinsky ... Alyabyev (as A. Fyodorinsky)
Vano Yantbelidze Vano Yantbelidze ... Vano Kobakhidze (as V. Yantbelidze)
Aleksandr Nemchenko ... Ivan Fedorovich (as A. Nemchenko)
Viloriy Pashchenko ... Vorobyev (as V. Paschenko)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vladimir Alekseyenko ... (as V. Alekseyenko)
Boris Boldyrevskiy ... mekhanik Sagdullayeva (as B. Boldyrevsky)
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Stunning WWII flying sequences as the Soviet Air Force battles the Luftwaffe. Veteran Russian pilots teach their new recruits about life, death & love. When the older men fly into battle, will the young pilots be ready to fight - and how many will return? Written by Anonymous

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The story is based in part on the memoirs of the Soviet fighter ace Vitaly Popkov who fought with a real-life "singing squadron" boasting own amateur choir. The squadron even toured the Soviet rear with concerts and received fighter planes built with money donated by Soviet star musicians. See more »

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Restored and Colorized version See more »

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Spoofed in Kremlyovskiy koncert: Den' pervogo Aprelya (2003) See more »

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seductive
10 July 2015 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

for the music. for the nuances of story. for the human map of Soviet Union. for the status of image of essence of friendship, love, sacrifice and courage. for the humor. and for the force to give, after forty decades, a fresh story, an admirable cast. each of that details does it more than entertainment's support. it is almost a testimony about great themes of life in a delicate-precise manner. a film about courage and about choices. few memorable scenes. and splendid music. a film about war. exploring its nuances in inspired manner. because, like many films from Soviet Union, the war is the lead actor. so, the sides of it are subjects who defines the existences, choices, sacrifices, emotions and reflections of the other characters. a film who must see. for the music, for the acting, for the script, for the fragments from old documentaries. but, more important, maybe, for the atmosphere.


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Country:

Soviet Union

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Russian | Ukrainian

Release Date:

12 August 1974 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Dovzhenko Film Studios See more »
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