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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Aleksey Chadov's first movie role. 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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Soundtracks

YESHCHO NE VECHER
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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Realistic
17 March 2011 | by provpSee all my reviews

I liked the film a lot. Sure enough, as an action film, it is more realistic than the Rambo movies, but it is not its biggest merit. I'd recommend watching the film only for the sake of getting to know the Russian perspective on things - Westerners, Chechen "freedom-fighters", the Russian army, Moscow, the Russian "outback", etc).

I did not see any problem with Ian Kelly's acting, he looked quite convincing to me - after all he was playing the role of a British actor.

My favourite quote from the film:

John: This is an offence against our human rights!

Chechen (in Russian): What does he want?

Russian translator (in Russian): He wants to drink.

Chechen (in Russian): Tell him to shut up or he'll get the gun-stock.

Russian translator: John, shut up.


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