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Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 17 April 1980 (Netherlands)
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director:

Andrei Tarkovsky

Writers:

Arkadiy Strugatskiy (novel), Boris Strugatskiy (novel) | 2 more credits »
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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 ... 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

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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #888. See more »

Goofs

At about 23 minutes, when Stalker, writer and professor are driving in their car they have to hide for a motorcyclist. In the scene the motorcyclist comes from the right. From an opposite angle of view, he still comes from the right, where it should have been from the left. 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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Referenced in The Gift (2019) See more »

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La Marseillaise
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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The most Humanist Film in Existence
16 October 2005 | by OttoVonBSee all my reviews

Andrei Tarkovsky is a rarity among filmmakers in that he creates films that resemble elaborate (and always smartly written, beautifully shot and superbly acted) puzzles. The pieces are always scattered, and Tarkovsky relies on his viewer to bring the final element of the puzzle along with him. SOLARIS explores the boundaries of consciousness and the sense of grief (and it uses the titular planet as a metaphor for God). ANDREI ROUBLEV is a multi-layered voyage into religious belief. STALKER, however, is far more spiritual and existential than both of them.

A teacher and a scientist wish to go to a restricted patch of nature - the mythical conscious "Zone" - to make their wishes come true. To enter the area and survive its numerous danger, they hire a man sensible to the Zone's thoughts and actions, a Stalker. What they find there turns out to be very different from what they expected, as they come to discover who they truly are.

There's only so much you can say without getting drowned in details that would appear heavy-handed on paper but flow seamlessly on screen. Quite often, Tarkovsky reduces his characters to silence, letting their movements and eyes convey their thoughts and feelings and letting the viewer bring his own thoughts and beliefs to the film. One of STALKER's many treats is that it invites you to get carried away into your own thoughts, flowing with the images as it provides new questions to ponder... In that sense, the film is very much like a philosophical poem: a very simple surface covering innumerable layers of meaning. Yet the images Tarkovsky provides - whether filming landscapes or wide-shots or simply peering into his actors' extraordinary faces - make this almost hypnotic.

STALKER is a treasure: an invitation to go on a mental ride with a poet and philosopher. A film that makes you wonder more about yourself yet without making you anxious. The few existing films like STALKER are the reason why cinema is called "art"!


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

17 April 1980 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

RUR6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,537, 15 September 2002

Gross USA:

$292,049

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$303,815
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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