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Brother (1997)

Brat (original title)
An ex-soldier with a personal honor code enters the family crime business in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Director:

Aleksey Balabanov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergey Bodrov ... Danila Bagrov
Viktor Sukhorukov ... Viktor Bagrov
Svetlana Pismichenko Svetlana Pismichenko ... Sveta
Mariya Zhukova Mariya Zhukova ... Kat
Yuriy Kuznetsov ... German
Vyacheslav Butusov Vyacheslav Butusov ... Butusov
Irina Rakshina Irina Rakshina ... Zinka
Sergey Murzin Sergey Murzin ... Krugly
Anatoliy Zhuravlyov Anatoliy Zhuravlyov ... Nervous Bandit
Igor Shibanov Igor Shibanov ... Militiaman
Andrey Fedortsov ... Styopa
Sergey Debizhev Sergey Debizhev ... Sergey Debizhev (as Sergey Debezhev)
Aleksei Sevostyanov
Rinat Ibragimov Rinat Ibragimov ... (as Renat Ibragimov)
Vladimir Ermilov Vladimir Ermilov
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Storyline

Newly discharged from the army, Danila goes to his older brother - a gangster and a killer - to start a new life in St. Petersburg where he's soon situated in the criminal world and asked to kill someone. There his new life starts. He meets new people, including a girl, and becomes a big fan of the rock band "Nautilus Pompillius," but now he is a killer, and realizing killing is easier for him than living makes him understand he is going the wrong way. Written by Max Volovik <dimaa@worldnet.att.net>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Knitted sweater, which was worn by Danila Bagrov, was bought by artist Nadezhda Vasilyeva at the flea market for 35-40 rubles (5$). See more »

Goofs

When Kruglij talks to Sveta for the first time, the camera is reflected in the windscreen of the tram that Sveta is driving. See more »

Quotes

Flunky: It wasn't the Tatar. That guy did everything first-class. A real pro. The Chechen kicked the bucket, and that guy just walked off. I winged him but the bitch greased Pinecone.
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Connections

Referenced in Vdud (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Lyudi na kholme
Music by Vyacheslav Butusov
Lyrics by Ilya Kormiltsev
Performed by Nautilus Pompilius (uncredited)
Exclusive rights - DANA Music Limited, Ireland
Played when:
1) Danila gets off the train and walks around St. Petersburg
2) a director helps Danila bury two bodies
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Bleak, gritty....very modern Russian. Great movie.
14 May 2003 | by trailerking27See all my reviews

I really liked this movie. It was a gangster crime movie, but in a totally different style than most American films. There was a good story and great visuals of Russia. I liked the fact that not everything had to be explained to the audience. The director assumed that we were able to think for ourselves, i.e.; the lead character's 'true' past in the army. I don't believe that he was "just a clerk at HQ". I saw the DVD version, and watched the interview with the director. The film is even more amazing considering the shoestring budget. He got his friends to perform some of the acting roles as well as write and play the music (which was quite good). This is a great gritty film. Its one of the more watchable movies from Russia that I have seen. I gave it a 7 out of 10. I plan to see 'Prisoner of the Mountain' next, can't wait.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | English | French

Release Date:

8 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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