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Liberation (1971)

Osvobozhdenie: Napravlenie glavnogo udara (original title)
This five part WW2 epic drama gives a dramatized detailed account of the five major eastern front Soviet campaigns against Nazi Germany.


Yuriy Ozerov
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikhail Nozhkin Mikhail Nozhkin ... Yartsev
Nikolay Olyalin ... Tsvetaev
Mikhail Ulyanov ... Gen. Zhukov
Larisa Golubkina ... Zoya
Bukhuti Zakariadze ... Stalin (as Bukhuti Zaqariadze)
Vasiliy Shukshin ... Gen. Konev
Nikolay Rybnikov ... Gen. Panov
Vladislav Strzhelchik ... Gen. Antonov
Yevgeni Burenkov ... Gen. Vasilevsky
Anatoliy Romashin ... Gen. Shatilov
Pyotr Shcherbakov ... Gen. Telegin
Ivan Pereverzev ... Gen. Chuykov
Vladlen Davydov ... Gen. Rokossovsky
Sergei Kharchenko ... Gen. Vatutin
Dmitri Franko ... Gen. Rybalko


A five part WW2 epic drama that gives a dramatized detailed account of Soviet Union's war against Nazi Germany from 1943 to 1945.Each of the five parts represents a separate major eastern front campaign.The first part deals with the 1943 great tank Battle of Kursk.The second part details the September 1943 Lower Dnieper Offensive.The third part depicts the various stages of Operation Bagration during the summer of 1944.The fourth installment of the epic deals with the January 1945 Vistula-Oder Offensive and the final segment climaxes in the April-May 1945 Battle of Berlin. Written by nufs68

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Drama | History | Romance | War


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Official submission of Soviet Union for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 46th Academy Awards in 1974. See more »


During the Battle of Kursk (July 1943), several of the German tanks are actually Russian T-55's, T-62's, and even a few IS-2's. Such tanks would not have been employed by the Wehrmacht (even though they did field a number of captured T-34's in the battle), especially as they had not been invented yet. See more »


Follows Osvobozhdenie: Ognennaya duga (1970) See more »

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One of the absolute best war movies ever !
19 October 2002 | by videoflkSee all my reviews

One of the best WAR movies I have ever seen, it ranks on top of my list with "SAVING PRIVATE RYAN", "CROSS OF IRON", "WINDTALKER","COME AND SEE" etc... It's about the kursk-salient battle, the biggest tank battle of WW2. When I saw this movie in a small west german cinma (Bielefeld 1970), I was very impressed about every careful researched historical detail in this awesome and in the west absolutely unknown movie. The movie is also in color, with good special effects. The military hardware, tanks, planes and infantry weapons are historically correct. The acting was good, and there was not a boring minute in the whole movie. It takes you right into the action, after a brief but comprehensive introduction.

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Release Date:

November 1971 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Osvobozhdenie: Napravleniye glavnogo udara See more »

Filming Locations:

Russia See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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