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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.

Director:

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)
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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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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Comedy | Drama | War

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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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The great movie about Soviet soldiers in the World war II
7 January 2007 | by volfgang1See all my reviews

This movie includes all! You can find here Romance, History and a bit of Comedy. Movie is full off great music which is very popular in all countries in East of Europe, this songs are live in the hearts of million peoples across the Europe. The main hero of this film is Bogdan Titarenko(Leonid Bykov). Very talented and brave leader of "Singing group", he must look after some new cadets and fight together with them against the planes of Fascist Germany. Near to the Bogdan always are his friends, they all are from different parts of the country, but they all became real brothers. Very touching part of film is love feeling between Romeo and Masha. They both were pilots and their destinies were to live in sky together and die there, war took them to life's like a victim of eternal love. I think this movie about the greatest feeling in the world – about love, love to the native land, love between two people, love between friends and love to all cinema the greatest actor and director all over the world – Leonid Bykov….


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | Ukrainian

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 (unofficial remastered version)

Color:

Black and White | Color (unofficial colored version)
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