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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

$17,205, 2 February 1997

Gross USA:

$790,078

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$921,886
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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 leading role of Vanya is played by Sergei Bodrov Jr.,the son of the director. 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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Connections

Referenced in Vdud (2017) See more »

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NA SOPKAKH MANCHZHURII
Written by Igor Shatrov, A. Mashistov
Performed by Ivan Kozlovsky
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A Magnificent Anti-War Movie
25 July 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the war between Russia and Chechnya, the two Russian soldiers Sacha (Oleg Menshikov) and Vanya (Sergei Bodrov Jr.) are ambushed and made prisoners of war by a group of Chechens. The old man Abdul-Murat (Dzhemal Sikharulidze) wants to exchange them by his last son, who was arrested by the Russian troops. His other two sons were killed by the Russians, and his family is composed only by his teenager daughter Dina (Susanna Mekhraliyeva) and himself. The two soldiers are kept alive in his village, while Abdul tries to negotiate them with the Russian Commander Maslov (Aleksei Zharkov). Sacha and Vanya are very different persons and while together, they get closer. Sacha has the mentality of a soldier, intending to kill the Chechens from the village, while Vanya is a teacher and prefers to try to understand the locals behavior and culture, performing small jobs for them, like fixing clocks. Vanya falls in love with Dina. This beautiful movie is another magnificent anti-war movie. The touching story, supported by an excellent cast and the Caucasian locations, makes this movie a worthwhile entertainment. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): `Prisioneiros das Montanhas' (`Prisoners of the Mountains')


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