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Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)

Kavkazskiy plennik (original title)
R | | Drama, War | 31 January 1997 (USA)
Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son.

Director:

Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov)

Writers:

Arif Aliev, Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Oleg Menshikov ... Sacha Kostylin
Sergey Bodrov ... Ivan (Vanya) Zhilin
Jemal Sikharulidze ... Abdul-Murat
Susanna Mekhraliyeva ... Dina
Aleksandr Bureyev Aleksandr Bureyev ... Hasan
Valentina Fedotova Valentina Fedotova ... Zhilin's Mother
Aleksey Zharkov ... Maslov, the Russian Commander
T. Kibyev T. Kibyev
Valeri Kostrin Valeri Kostrin
Pavel Lebeshev ... (as P. Lebeshev)
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Storyline

Based upon a short story by Leo Tolstoy, two Russian soldiers, Sacha and Vania, are ambushed by Muslim rebels in the grandly forbidding Caucasus and taken prisoner. Although complete understanding never fully emerges, their bittersweet ordeal reveals the human soul of two vastly different cultures. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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An extraordinary story of hope, courage and humanity.

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Russia | Kazakhstan

Language:

Russian | Turkish | Georgian | Chechen

Release Date:

31 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prisoner of the Mountains See more »

Filming Locations:

Richa, Dagestan, Russia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,992, 7 February 1997

Gross USA:

$661,361, 30 March 1997
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Karavan See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is an update of Leo Tolstoy's short story "The Prisoner of the Caucasus." See more »

Goofs

After Sacha and Vanya escape and remove the shackles from their ankles, they begin running upstream. The scene cuts to a different angle, and they are running downstream. See more »

Quotes

Dina: You are like a dog now. It's not a shame for a dog to smell bad.
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SINII PLATOCHEK
Written by E. Petersbursky, M. Maksimov
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Excellent Movie
7 August 2000 | by Hector MarroquinSee all my reviews

Prisoner of the Mountains is an excellent movie. Vanya a young recruit , and Sasha a veteran soldier in the Russian army are captured after an ambush by the Chechens. The Chechen leader keeps them to trade for his son who is captured by the Russians. Then a friendship develops between the Chechens, and the two Russians. I study Russian in college, and even though the subtitles aren't very accurate at times it still helps. The whole plot is just amazing. It shows the human side of soldiers. I definitly recommend this movie to anyone who hasn't seen it.


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