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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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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dovzhenko Film Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby SR
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Trivia

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 »

Alternate Versions

Restored and Colorized version See more »

Connections

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

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Fighter pilots' music band
20 February 2003 | by Dada_TonyaSee all my reviews

Hi !

This is very interesting WWII fighter pilots' film in international standard!

This fighter wing has own music band played by fighter pilots themselves and the "nose art" of the plane of wing leader is "music score".

Director and main actor, Leonid Bukov is one of very impressive actor in Soviet union 1960-70s era movies who usually took rolls of ordinary citizen or soldier in several films. He never took a roll of famous red army general.

Most of air battle scenes were taken from documentary films. This films focus on a life and death, happy time and sad time, of pilots themselves, and their love with lovely female pilots.

Also I feel special Ukrainian feeling in this film.(This film was made by Ukrainian movie studio during Soviet era)

Beside this one, another Soviet Union Fighter pilot film "Baltiskoe Nyebo" (means, Baltic Sky) is also impressive in different way which focus on the various relations between fighter pilots and citizens of Leningrad under German army's Blockade.


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