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Stalker (1979)

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director:

Andrei Tarkovsky

Writers:

Arkady Strugatsky (novel), Boris Strugatsky (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alisa Freyndlikh ... Zhena Stalkera
Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy ... Stalker
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ... Pisatel
Nikolay Grinko ... Professor
Natalya Abramova Natalya Abramova ... Marta, doch Stalkera (as Natasha Abramova)
Faime Jurno Faime Jurno ... Sobesednitsa Pisatelya (as F. Yurna)
E. Kostin E. Kostin ... Lyuger, khozyain kafe
Raymo Rendi Raymo Rendi ... Patrulnyy politseyskiy (as R. Rendi)
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Storyline

In a small, unnamed country there is an area called the Zone. It is apparently inhabited by aliens and contains the Room, where in it is believed wishes are granted. The government has declared The Zone a no-go area and have sealed off the area with barbed wire and border guards. However, this has not stopped people from attempting to enter the Zone. We follow one such party, made up of a writer, who wants to use the experience as inspiration for his writing, and a professor, who wants to research the Zone for scientific purposes. Their guide is a man to whom the Zone is everything, the Stalker. Written by grantss

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Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

17 April 1980 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Stalker See more »

Filming Locations:

Dolgopa, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

RUR 6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,540, 5 May 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$234,723, 14 July 2017
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)| Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Officials at Goskino, a government group otherwise known as the State Committee for Cinematography, were critical of the film. Of their criticism Tarkovsky supposedly retorted: "I am only interested in the views of two people: one is called Bresson and one called Bergman." See more »

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[first lines]
Stalker's Wife: [sub-titled from Russian] Why did you take my watch?
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Journey into Fear
8 February 2003 | by Oblomov_81See all my reviews

The characters at the heart of Tarkovsky's "Stalker" are people who embark on an arduous journey only to discover that they had no idea what they wanted to gain from it. The central character is a "stalker," a man who makes a living by illegally escorting people through a restricted area to The Room, a place where their greatest wish will supposedly come true. Exactly why the area is restricted is never made perfectly clear; in the novel this film is partially based on, "The Roadside Picnic," it was a site where aliens briefly landed, and The Room was an object they left behind almost as if it were refuse. But Tarkovsky would rather not settle for such a flat explanation. To him, The Room is a place that means different things to the people who journey there, and the stark, ravished landscape they must journey through consists of the phobias and anxieties that they can hardly bear to face. The expedition the men experience is a long and often maddening one, and there are many scenes where the camera lingers on a beautifully composed shot so that the viewer can take time to understand how the characters fit into the settings and how those settings form both natural and supernatural obstacles.

Andrei Tarkovsky was an artist who did not like giving solid answers to the questions his films posed. He sculpted his stories so that viewers who had the patience and self-discipline to stay attentive all the way through could draw their own conclusions. If there is any specific meaning to "Stalker," it is that we have to fully understand anything for which we are willing to alter our lives.


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