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The Star (2002)

Zvezda (original title)
During WW2 the Russian Army sent a special group named "Zvezda" to fight the Nazis in their backyard.


Nikolay Lebedev
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Igor Petrenko Igor Petrenko ... Lt. Travkin
Artyom Semakin ... Pvt. Vorobiev
Aleksey Panin ... Sgt. Kostya Mamochkin
Aleksey Kravchenko ... Sgt. Anikanov
Anatoliy Gushchin Anatoliy Gushchin ... Pvt. Bykov
Amadu Mamadakov Amadu Mamadakov ... Pvt. Temdekov
Yuriy Laguta Yuriy Laguta ... Sgt. Brazhnikov
Ekaterina Vulichenko Ekaterina Vulichenko ... Pvt. Katya Simakova
Andrey Egorov Andrey Egorov ... Capt. Andrei Barashkin
Sergey Miller ... First Captured German
Gennadi Vorotnikov Gennadi Vorotnikov ... Second Captured German
Aleksandr Efimov Aleksandr Efimov ... Third Captured German
Aleksandr Naumov Aleksandr Naumov ... Serbichenko
Alexander Diachenko ... Galiev (as Aleksandr Dyachenko)
Oleg Gushchin Oleg Gushchin ... Likhachyov


The film is based on the eponymous book by Emmanuil Kazakevich. In the summer of 1944 the Nazi Armies prepare a massive Tank Division named 'Viking" for the offensive on occupied Russian land. The Russian Army's special group of seven snipers named "Zvezda" is sent for a reconnaissance operation behind the enemy lines in the back of the Nazi Tank Division. Two previous Russian groups never came back. The seven Russians know that they are going to an almost certain Death for the sake of Victory. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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From the studio that created Come and See.


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Based on a short story of the same name by Emmanuil Kazakevich, the film shows the work of Soviet scouts behind German lines during Operation Bagration in WW2. See more »


Narrator: But every spring, every May,the souls of the fallen on the fields of Poland, Germany, and everywhere go back to their homes to see their blooming motherland they gave their lives for.
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Version of Zvezda (1953) See more »

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Earth to the Star
20 May 2020 | by monsieurfairfaxSee all my reviews

The Star' might not be the most sophisticated war movie out there, but it was an exciting thrill ride. It quite never achieves the epic proportions compared to some better Hollywood and (Soviet) Russian was movies. Although we are not given much time to get introduced with characters, the heroes, and what makes them tick, are established quickly. Not much build-up - we are thrown into the action quite quickly. Still, there is enough room for the obligatory love story. Luckily that doesn't feel forced. The characters develop along with the story. We were given just the faces and names, but who these men really were, we learned while they moved towards behind the enemy lines.

Tight directing, perfect pacing and, timing with great acting makes this 'on the budget' movie edge of your seat thrill ride. Here I can't say that this is the only Russian war movie you should see, but it definitely belongs among the best (modern) Russian war movies.

P.S. I couldn't go without noticing that Aleksey Kravchenko's similarity with David Lynch is uncanny.

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Russian | German

Release Date:

6 May 2002 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Alabino, Moscow, Russia See more »


Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

ARK-Film, Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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