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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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Cast

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)
Volodymyr 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)
Vilori 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

12 August 1974 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Only Old Men Are Going to Battle See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Dovzhenko Film Studios See more »
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Mono | Dolby SR
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Trivia

Leonid Bykov's childhood dream of becoming a pilot inspired his making of the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

Restored and Colorized version See more »

Connections

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

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for yesterday and tomorrow
6 November 2013 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

a lovely film. few lines and a profound message. a war film but far to be another movie about heroic events and mounts of dead. it is poetry and music. homage and wise example to be more than political instrument. a film about human links, not complicated, about joy and sacrifices. a film of characters because each of them is a seductive sketch. a film about Soviet Union as a large family but without the veil of propaganda. it is strange its freshness. the explanation is simple - the values who defines ordinaries lives. the war is short, the music is eternal and this is the heart of its force and charm and science to present basic truth in perfect light, in the best form. nostalgic and tender. a slice from a great cinema school.


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