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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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Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For the central part of the film, in which the characters travel within the Zone, director Andrei Tarkovsky initially wanted to shoot in the environment around an old Chinese mine. However, when the mine was destroyed by an earthquake shortly before filming, the production moved to two deserted hydro power plants on the Jägala river near Tallinn, Estonia. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stalker's Wife: [sub-titled from Russian] Why did you take my watch?
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Connections

Featured in Renegade Cut: Stalker: Faith in the Zone (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

An die Freude
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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I disagree with popular criticism
2 August 2005 | by greyone5150See all my reviews

There have been some comments about this film's length. I am initially reminded of the scene in "Amedeus" where Mozart is told that his composition has "Too many notes" to this he replies "There are just enough..." This film offers great insight into the inner workings of not just the creative mind but the social will of mankind. If you are a viewer who enjoys film please disregard the whining of those who don't enjoy investigating thoroughly the possibility of a well thought out and concise perspective and please watch this masterpiece of modern film. The director leads the viewer through some profound aspects of humanity with such brilliance and in my opinion swiftness that to pass it by would be a shame.


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