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Bitva za Moskvu 

The battle of Moscow was the first major defeat of German Wehrmacht in the Second World War. The film is dedicated to some fighting events that took place in the USSR after Hitler's conquest of western Europe.








Series cast summary:
Helmut Hellstorff Helmut Hellstorff ...  Halder 4 episodes, 1985
Artyom Karapetyan ...  Narrator 4 episodes, 1985
Vyacheslav Tikhonov ...  Narrator 4 episodes, 1985
Yakov Tripolsky ...  Yosif Stalin 3 episodes, 1985
Mikhail Ulyanov ...  Georgiy Zhukov / ... 3 episodes, 1985
Bruno Frejndlikh ...  Boris Shaposhnikov 3 episodes, 1985
Irina Shmelyova ...  Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya 3 episodes, 1985
Vladimir Shirokov ...  Georgiy Gusev 3 episodes, 1985
Konstantin Stepanov Konstantin Stepanov ...  Filippov 3 episodes, 1985
Nikolay Zasukhin ...  Vyacheslav Molotov 3 episodes, 1985
Anatoliy Nikitin ...  Mikhail Kalinin 3 episodes, 1985
Vyacheslav Yezepov ...  Aleksey Shcherbakov 3 episodes, 1985
Achim Petry Achim Petry ...  Adolf Hitler 3 episodes, 1985
Ernst Heise Ernst Heise ...  Fedor von Bock 3 episodes, 1985
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan ...  Bagramyan 3 episodes, 1985
Boris Shuvalov ...  Shurik 3 episodes, 1985
Aleksandr Goloborodko ...  Konstantin Rokossovskiy 2 episodes, 1985
Vitaliy Rozstalniy Vitaliy Rozstalniy ...  Semyon Timoshenko 2 episodes, 1985
Juozas Budraitis ...  Richard Sorge 2 episodes, 1985
Valeri Yurchenko ...  Nikolay Popel 2 episodes, 1985
Romualds Ancans ...  Pyotr Gavrilov 2 episodes, 1985
Emmanuil Vitorgan ...  Efim Fomin 2 episodes, 1985
Vladimir Troshin ...  Kliment Voroshilov 2 episodes, 1985
Stepan Mikoyan Stepan Mikoyan ...  Anastas Mikoyan 2 episodes, 1985
Aleksandr Filippenko ...  Dmitriy Pavlov 2 episodes, 1985
Nikolay Volkov ...  Mikhail Kirponos 2 episodes, 1985
Vladimir Kuznetsov ...  Nikolay Vashugin 2 episodes, 1985
Gerd Michael Henneberg Gerd Michael Henneberg ...  Wilhelm Keitel 2 episodes, 1985
Joachim Tomaschewsky Joachim Tomaschewsky ...  Kluge 2 episodes, 1985
Erik Veldre Erik Veldre ...  Heinz Wilhelm Guderian 2 episodes, 1985
Valeri Karen Valeri Karen ...  Bagramyan 2 episodes, 1985
Svatopluk Matyás ...  Vilkov 2 episodes, 1985


The war with the Soviet Union, despite the initial victories, developed for the German command in a slightly different scenario than with Poland or the Western European countries. The Blitzkrieg plan (Operation Barbarossa) involved the capture of Moscow during the first 10-12 weeks of the war. However, despite the successes of the Wehrmacht in the early days of the offensive, the increased resistance of the Red Army and a number of objective reasons prevented its implementation. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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70 years after the battle...
14 October 2011 | by jmramos0109See all my reviews

It has been 70 years since the Second World War began to be felt in the Soviet Union, and almost hit its great capital of Moscow.

In 1985, in time for the ruby jubilee of the final Allied victory in Europe and the 20th anniversary of Moscow's proclamation as a Hero City of the Soviet Union, the two episode movie series Battle of Moscow debuted in theaters across the USSR. Yuri Ozerov sure made Muscovites proud since he had at last made a great movie about the first days of the war, and the battles for the defense of Brest Fortress, of Kiev and of Russia's greatest city and capital, Moscow.

The first episode chronicles the beginning of the war on June 22, 1941 and of the bravery and valor shown by the Red Army in the Brest Fortess, Yelnya and Kiev. The second episode is focused on the battles for Moscow itself. The best parts of it is the November 7 parade at Red Square where Yakov Tripolski reminds us of Joseph Stalin's address to the Soviet people and armed forces telling them to fight bravery against the German fascists, how Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya (acted well here by Irina Shemliova) became a heroine partisan and later posthumously became the 1st lady partisan Hero of the Soviet Union, and of the heroism of the 8th Rifle Division led by its commander Ivan Panfilov (Konstanin Stepankov) and its political commissar acted here by Aleksandr Voevodin against the German Army, and later documents the later counterattack led by General of the Army Georgy Zhukov (Mikhail Ulyanov) of the entire Red Army and Red Air Forces, composed of military academy and school cadets, cavalry forces including that of the 2nd Guards Cavalry Corps commanded by General Lev Dovator (Lev Pregunov), citizen partisans, regular infantry and Siberian riflemen and ski soldiers aided by fighters, interceptors, attack aircraft and bombers of the Red Air Forces and the Red Army Air Defense Forces, plus artillery and the armored and motorized infantry units.

The end scenes of part 2 of the 2nd episode with a montage of Moscow 44 years after that battle set to the movie theme song by Aleksandra Pakhmutova and Nikolai Dobronranov and sung perfectly by Lev Leshchenko truly gets me every time, for this reminds us of the many lives lost in the city's defense. And speaking of the musical score, it was also great and fitting to the action (although it was mostly shot at Moscow and in Czechoslovakia, most especially the battle scenes, and some scenes were shot in Vietnam).

Indeed, 70 years have passed, but the spirit of Moscow's defenders who showed the world how to fight against the forces of fascism truly live on in our hearts. Moscow is truly indeed a Hero City of Russia and the battles for it an example of the brute force and effects of all-out war against the forces of evil.

Eternal glory to all these brave defenders of Moscow, who died for us to live in freedom and peace, and gave us a free and great world on which we stand against evil. I'll always think of them everyday and when I soon go to Moscow's Eternal Flame... I'll remember them all.

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Release Date:

1 November 1985 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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