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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)
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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Dovzhenko Film Studios See more »
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Mono | Dolby SR
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Restored and Colorized version See more »

Connections

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

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A cultural curiosity
13 August 2017 | by goods116See all my reviews

This movie is only interesting as a Russian/Soviet cultural curiosity. It is a 1974 movie of a Soviets pilots fighting the Germans in the Ukraine. It's 95% talk, 5% action, mostly stock footage a that. If hoping to see a war action movie, even a hint of one, this is not the movie. Talk, talk and more talk, and some singing as well. It's pretty boring. Watch this movie if interested in Russian/Soviet culture and language, or how WWII is seen in the eyes of Soviet 70s Russia.


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