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During the bloody war in Chechnya, a British couple and two Russian soldiers are taken hostage by Chechen rebels. Two of the hostages are then released to bring the money for the British woman who is forced to wait for the ransom.

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Aleksey Balabanov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Chadov ... Ivan
Ian Kelly Ian Kelly ... John
Ingeborga Dapkunaite ... Margaret
Sergey Bodrov ... Captain Medvedev
Evklid Kyurdzidis ... Ruslan
Giorgi Gurgulia Giorgi Gurgulia ... Aslan
Vladimir Gostyukhin ... Ivan's Father
Ben Foster Ben Foster
Yuriy Stepanov Yuriy Stepanov ... Aleksandr Matrosov
David McAlister
Andrei Kormunin Andrei Kormunin
Steve Jamieson Steve Jamieson ... (as Steve Jameson)
Lev Erenburg Lev Erenburg
Peter Wickham Peter Wickham
Stanislav Stotsky Stanislav Stotsky ... (as Stas Stotsky)
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Storyline

During the bloody war in Chechnya, a British couple and two Russian soldiers are taken hostage by Chechen rebels. Two of the hostages are then released to bring the money for the British woman who is forced to wait for the ransom.

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Taglines:

this is no "Brat-3", this is War

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site [Russia]

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | English | Chechen

Release Date:

14 March 2002 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

War See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CTB Film Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The actors who played the two main Chechen characters are not Chechens: Giorgi Gurgulia (Aslan) is Georgian and Evklid Kyurdzidis (Ruslan) is Greek. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ivan: So, I'm Yermakov, Ivan and he's John, so we're, like, namesakes. So, I met him in the summer of 2001. It was the second month that I'd been in the village of Verkhniy Iskhoy at Aslan Gugayev's place. Back then none of us knew him. Just... His detachment is small. There were three of us there at the time: me, Fedka and a Jew, a commercial one. From Vladikavkaz, I think... Uh-huh. Called Semyon. Yeah, me and Fedka were sawing up wood when they brought them in on a truck. There were ...
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Referenced in Vdud (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

VOLKI
Written by Aleksandr Uman (as Shura Bi-2), Igor Bortnik (as Lyova Bi-2)
Performed by Bi-2
© (P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment (RUS)
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Hollywood rests

I expected this movie to be simply rubbish, instead i was won over by the quality of the acting (no thanks to Ian Kelly)and the authenticity of the setting. The cinematography was great too. Scenes of beautiful landscape would be contrasted by the gory shootouts as well as great shot of the 4x4 flying off the cliff, which upon meeting the bottom of the ravine was not met by a fireball. It is true that the firefights seem dull and even anticlimactic, however that is the whole beauty behind them. They didn't need to be sugar coated by big explosions and slow-mo deaths instead opting for a more realistic approach. Were some of the weapons real? In all this is a decent movie worthwhile watching because it allows you to take a break from the latest teen slashers and high octane Vin Diesel movies : )


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