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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.

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

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Drama | War

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

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31 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$89,992, 7 February 1997

Gross USA:

$661,361, 30 March 1997
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The film is an update of Leo Tolstoy's short story "The Prisoner of the Caucasus." See more »

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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 »

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Chechen Squad Leader: I was sure you would blow to pieces. It's your second birthday.
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SINII PLATOCHEK
Written by E. Petersbursky, M. Maksimov
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Excellent Movie
7 August 2000 | by See 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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