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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

The wheeled machine gun used to shoot the retreating Russians is a British Vickers gun modified to resemble a Russian PM M1910. Both were based on the Maxim gun developed in the 1880s. See more »

Goofs

When is shows Sasa in the German camp, he puts a boot on his cobblers bench to repair the sole, but it looks to be fine with no apparent wear. In the next shot the sole is heavily worn and Sasa precedes to replace it. See more »

Quotes

[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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Fliegerkuss, Marsch
Written and Performed by Herms Niel
(C) Johanna Kube, Berlin
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Open these gates and let people in
19 March 2001 | by Hollywood ChiefSee all my reviews

After watching such films as "Saving Private Ryan" and "Patton;" I have come to appreciate war films. For this reason, I decided to see the latest war film, "Enemy At The Gates."

"Enemy At The Gates" may be one of the best war films I have seen since "Saving Private Ryan" because it is executed perfectly. With incredible performances, script and the impact I felt; "Enemy At The Gates" sets the tone as the first great war film of the 22nd century. This film can be served as the appetizer to the main course coming out soon, "Pearl Harbor."

Jude Law, Joseph Feinnes, Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris and Bob Hoskins come together to re-visit the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942. The best thing about seeing each one of the actors perform was they all gave 100 percent effort to make the film as real as possible; they did an excellent job. Fiennes, Weisz and Hoskins were the icing to a cake that was delicious from the start.

The highlights of "Enemy At The Gates" always came when Law and Harris were on screen because they played excellent psychological mind games with one another to win; furthermore, it was like watching master chess players playing for the grand prize. It was also enjoyable to see the strategies and tactics each would use to out-maneuver the other.

"Enemy At The Gates" drew me with its many action sequences similar to those in "Saving Priate Ryan." Also, the love triangle between the three main leads was interesting to watch and see how it would unfold. I felt like I was in the movie because the writer did an excellent job at making me feel exactly what they felt and experience what they were going through.

There is no rule that states dialogue is needed for a successful film. While "Enemy At The Gates" has dialogue, the scenes that have none stand out in my mind the most because we see close-ups of both snipers and the expressions on their faces. This is incredible to me because the intensity shown on their faces speaks volumes about what the movie is really about.

This may not be the best war film ever made but with two of the brightest young stars on the rise, an actress that is here to stay and a veteran that continues to turn in knock-out performances, "Enemy At The Gates" will be remembered for a long time.


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