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Nobody Wanted to Die (1965)

Niekas nenorejo mirti (original title)
The film is set in Lithuania after the Second World War. It shows dramatic events in a small Lithuanian farming community, where people are split between the Soviets and the "brothers in ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Kazimieras Vitkus ... Tevas (as K. Vitkus)
Regimantas Adomaitis ... sunus Donatas (as R. Adomaitis)
Bruno O'Ya ... sunus Bronius (as B. Oja)
Juozas Budraitis ... sunus Jonas (as J. Budraitis)
Algimantas Masiulis ... sunus Mykolas (as A. Masiulis)
Donatas Banionis ... Pirmininkas (as D. Banionis)
Vija Artmane ... Ona (as V. Artmane)
Eugenija Sulgaite ... Lokiene (as E. Sulgaite)
Danguole Baukaite Danguole Baukaite ... Aldona (as D. Baukaite)
Bronius Babkauskas ... Motiejus Marcinkus (as B. Babkauskas)
Regina Zdanaviciute ... Marcinkus znoma (as R. Zdanaviciute)
Laimonas Noreika ... sventas Jouzapas / Aitvaras (as L. Noreika)
Antanas Surna ... Sekretorius (as A. Surna)
Vytautas Tomkus ... Apuokas (as V. Tomkus)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ona Alisauskaite Ona Alisauskaite ... (as O. Zalisauskaite)


The film is set in Lithuania after the Second World War. It shows dramatic events in a small Lithuanian farming community, where people are split between the Soviets and the "brothers in the woods", who are fighting to defend their land from the Soviets after the end of the Second World War. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Soviet Union


Lithuanian | Russian

Release Date:

30 March 1967 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Nobody Wanted to Die See more »

Filming Locations:

Zervynos, Lithuania

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2.35 : 1
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All original cast in the film are Lithuanian actors and they speak Lithuanian. Dubbing in Russian language was made for the Soviet market by actors: A. Demyanenko, E. Kopelyan, E. Shvartsberg, Yu. Solovyev, I. Yefimov, G. Teplinskaya, G. Gai, and others. See more »

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Niekas nenorejo mirti: Truly awful
20 August 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

This is my first venture into original Soviet Union cinema and I'm less than impressed.

What led me here was that Nobody Wanted to Die is advertised as a remake of Seven Samurai (1954). That right there is reason to give it a go.

Trouble is I don't understand how it is. At all, there are no similarities whatsoever so I don't understand where the Seven Samurai storyline or even influence comes into it.

Set in Lithuania after the Second World War it tells the story of 4 brothers who learn that their father has been killed in the conflict between the Soviets and the rebels.

At no point is there protection from bandits or anyone else for that matter, this is not a remake of Seven Samurai and is blatantly using that as a method of reeling people in (It worked on me).

Competently made though very dated for the mid sixties this dark bleak effort sadly has little to no payoff, is incredibly dull and makes Schindlers List (1993) look positively jovial.

Certainly an immediate black mark from me for Soviet Cinema and an already poor cinematic year.

The Good:

Competently made for the most part

The Bad:


Few likeable characters

False advertising at its cruelest

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

I too prefer the tavern than the church

Politics aren't for women

Give unto god what is gods, wait what?!

Sometimes to remake something you must create something entirely new

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