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Enemy at the Gates (2001)

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A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Law ... Vassili
Ed Harris ... Major König
Rachel Weisz ... Tania Chernova
Joseph Fiennes ... Commisar Danilov
Bob Hoskins ... Nikita Khrushchev
Ron Perlman ... Koulikov
Eva Mattes ... Mother Filipov
Gabriel Thomson ... Sacha Filipov (as Gabriel Marshall-Thomson)
Matthias Habich ... General Paulus
Sophie Rois ... Ludmilla
Ivan Shvedoff ... Volodya
Mario Bandi Mario Bandi ... Anton
Hans Martin Stier Hans Martin Stier ... Red Army General
Clemens Schick ... German NCO (as Clemans Schick)
Mikhail Matveev Mikhail Matveev ... Grandfather
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Storyline

In World War II, the fall of Stalingrad will mean the collapse of the whole country. The Germans and Russians are fighting over every block, leaving only ruins behind. The Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev stalks the Germans, taking them out one by one, thus hurting the morale of the German troops. The political officer Danilov leads him on, publishing his efforts to give his countrymen some hope. But Vassili eventually starts to feel that he can not live up to the expectations on him. He and Danilov fall in love with the same girl, Tanya, a female soldier. From Germany comes the master sniper König to put an end to the extraordinary skilled Russian sniper. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

A hero never chooses his destiny. His destiny chooses him. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic war violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | Germany | Ireland | USA

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

16 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemigo al acecho See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,033,164 (United Kingdom), 18 March 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,810,266, 18 March 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,401,758

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,976,270
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the time of its release, this was the biggest budget British movie ever made. See more »

Goofs

The bolt on the rifle Danilov picks up at the beginning changes positions from the ready position to upright, and then back again, as he prepares to shoot See more »

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[first lines]
Grandfather: [whispering to boy aiming rifle] I am a stone. I do not move. Very slowly, I put snow in my mouth. Then he won't see my breath. I take my time. I let him come closer. I have only one bullet. I aim at his eye. Very gently, my finger presses on the trigger. I do not tremble. I have no fear. I'm a big boy now. Ready Vassili? Now, Vassili, fire!
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brilliantly flawed ... is still brilliant
16 February 2017 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

In the grand tradition of Old Hollywood, this international co-production seeks to frame the key battle of WW2 (the REAL key battle, not the ones from the John Wayne movies) as a morality tale involving a love triangle.

It is a bold idea, and beautifully executed.

In fact an argument could be made -- and I will make it -- that any flaws in the execution (it lags a bit here and there) are the result of the film-makers' "reach exceeding their grasp" and they attempted too much, more than one film could ever accomplish.

But what a film it is! You viewer feel as though you are there, making history. The four stars involved have, each of them, never given a bad performance in their careers and they surely maintain their records here.

Ed Harris in particular -- although he has less screen time -- will always to this reviewer seem a vastly under-rated actor. (This review written in 2017 where an older Harris still uses his charisma in a defining role for HBOs Westworld .... and nails it.) Recommended? Absolutely! In the Metacritic data that IMDb so helpfully provides I could not help but notice one reviewer commenting that, well, it sure isn't in the same class as SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.

Which is the irony of doing film reviews. I have never not once thought of wanting to see SAVING PRIVATE RYAN again, but this film is one I like to revisit every few years. Magnificent.


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