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Father of a Soldier (1964)

Jariskatsis mama (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 4 November 1965 (Hungary)
An old man goes to visit his wounded son in a hospital, but it turns out that he's already been released and is back on the front lines. Reluctant to return home empty-handed, he tries to follow and find him.


Rezo Chkheidze


Suliko Jgenti (screenplay) (as Suliko Zhgenti)
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Sergo Zakariadze ... Georgiy Makharashvili
Vladimir Privaltsev Vladimir Privaltsev ... Nikiforov
Aleksandr Nazarov Aleksandr Nazarov ... Arkadiy Ershov
Aleksandr Lebedev ... Nikolay Nazarov
Vladimir Kolokoltsev ... Grisha
Yuri Drozdov Yuri Drozdov ... Vova
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikolai Barmin ... Colonel (as Nikolay Barmin)
Ketevan Bochorishvili Ketevan Bochorishvili ... Mariya
Yura Bondarenko Yura Bondarenko ... Borya
Valentin Donguzashvili ... Makharashvili's Fellow Villager
Aleksandr Gai Aleksandr Gai ... Wounded Soldier (as Aleksandr Gay)
Bondo Goginava ... Makharashvili's Fellow Villager
Giya Kobakhidze Giya Kobakhidze ... Goderdzi Makharashvili
Irakli Kokrashvili Irakli Kokrashvili ... Episodic role (as Irakliy Kokrashvili)
Ivan Kosykh ... Accordionist


During World War II, Georgy Makharashvili, an old peasant wine-grower, leaves his Georgian village and goes off to the front lines to find his son, a wounded soldier. But before the father can get to the hospital, the son has been sent back to the front. The father cannot go back to his village, so he accompanies the Soviet Army all the way to the final victory over Fascism in Berlin. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | War


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In 2013, colorized version of the film was shown on TV. See more »


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The Sacred War
Written by Aleksandr Aleksandrov
Performed by Symphony Orchestra of Radio and Television of Georgia
Conducting by Lile Kiladze
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profound beauty
16 August 2013 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

it is one of my childhood films.a masterpiece by Rezo Chkheidze. a kind of miracle because, after years and years, it remains fresh, touching and impressive. a father in search of his son. a long way. a cruel war. and expressions of deep humanity. it is brilliant demonstration of great acting and a wise script. it is work of an extraordinary director. in same measure, it is proof of a special Eastern manner to discover and transform reality. because the subject is the love. for son, motherland, grapes, values, faith and the large circles of hope. sure, it is not unique. many Soviet films presents the war in different manners. but it is different because its team has huge courage to explore the heart of war in a form who escapes by ideological rules. it can be an answer to "Ivanovo detstvo" but , if you know more about this part of world it is not complicate to discover the traces of Georgian measure of things and facts.in same measure, it can be a variant for Otets i syn by Sergei Potepalov. but, in fact, it is only itself. because Giorgi Maharashvili remains

the signature of order , soft, correct order in a time without sense and measure. and the old song is the strong proof for that.

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4 November 1965 (Hungary) See more »

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