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War (2002)

Voyna (original title)
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.


Aleksey Balabanov
5 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »




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)


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


Action | Drama | War


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Aleksey Chadov's first movie role. See more »


[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 »


Written by Ye.Nikitayeva
Performed by Partizanskoye radio
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Absolutely astonishing!
26 February 2006 | by burakovchikSee all my reviews

The story: Two British actors are kidnapped somewhere in Georgia and are delivered to Chechnya. The kidnappers demand a ransom, while victims are sitting in a hole in the ground. That's where they meet captain Medvedev (Sergey Bodrov Jr) and Ivan Ermakov (Aleksey Chadov). Medvedev is wounded and very strict, but Ermakov seems to have adjusted and is even helping out the Chechen gang (tribe?) leader with computers.

When Chechen leader - Aslan - learns that he can't get any money he let's the British man go home and get two million pounds to buy out his fiancée. As a gesture of generosity he lets go Ermakov.

The Brit - John - is trying to get the money, and Ivan experiences a post-war life for a Chechnya veteran in his town - no money, no work, ill father. Somehow, John, who was kicked out by every Russian official, finds Ivan and begs him to help him get his fiancée out. Ivan has nothing to lose and he agrees to back to Chechnya...

The movie: This is certainly one of the, if not THE, best movies of Aleksey Balaganov. The story that intertwines lives of Russian soldier, Chechen barbarian bandit and totally not ready for the war as it is British civilian. As always, there is a very deep meaning in every dialogue, every scene and even every look of every character. The music like in many other Balaganov's movies is mostly popular Russian and some Ukranian songs, that emphasize each act and add more emotional content to it.

Perhaps, the movie will shed some light on the situation in Chechnya, and the West will finally understand that you can't negotiate with these people and you can't let them have what they want, because it's never enough for them because they are different. If you're polite with them, they think you're weak - that's the main idea of Balaganov.

John: - Ivan, why do you keep beating this man?

Ivan: - Because this is the only way he will understand. (kicks the prisoner) Faster!

Enjoy the movie. It's a rear quality movie about war.

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Russian | English | Chechen

Release Date:

14 March 2002 (Russia) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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