In 1944, a courageous group of Russian soldiers managed to escape from German captivity in a half-destroyed legendary T-34 tank. Those were the times of unforgettable bravery, fierce fighting, unbreakable love, and legendary miracles.
The Great Patriotic War is going on. Junior Lieutenant Nikolay Ivushkin in a small truck, along with the driver Vasya, barely survived, break away from the German tank. Ivushkin arrives at the headquarters located in the village of Nefyodovka, where he is appointed commander of the only surviving tank. Soon the tanks of the German Hauptmann Klaus Jäger arrive at the site. In battle, Ivushkin destroys the entire tank company of Yager (in a number of cases, with one projectile, two tanks at a time). However, the T-34 has serious damage, and Klaus destroys it. Ivushkin and mechanic-driver Stepan Vasilyonok were wounded and captured.Written by
Art director Konstantin Pakhotin built an entire village in a field near the village of Strelkovka, Kaluga Region. Although the houses would be destroyed at the very beginning of the film, each has its own particular style and carved decorations. The director also carefully selected props which helped the local population. See more »
Jäger says to Ivushkin, "Ich hab dich erschossen", which is translated "I have shot you dead". However, the Russian voice over in the original movie translates it to "I was shooting at you". See more »
The closing credits say "Dedicated to the tank heroes of the great fatherland war, the fallen and unknown, the ones killed in the fight and those who returned home". See more »
The English tagline for this sums it up well: "Fast and Furious with Tanks".
This was a lot of fun, and was epic in scale. It reminded me a bit of the 80s and 90s action blockbusters - where you had to suspend a bit of disbelief, but were entertaining nonetheless.
Inspired by a true story, T-34 sees a tank commander and his crew literally bust out of a concentration camp and go on the run from Nazis. The cinematography and action scenes are dramatic and the film looks really good.
A few soundtrack choices felt out of place at times. But that just added to the unique Russian charm after a while. Never seen a movie with so many slow-motion shots.
This film, (despite its silliness and unrealistic elements) reeled me in quickly. I found myself quite engrossed and captivated by what was happening. I was wanting the Russians to survive against the odds and find a way to freedom.
Alexander Petrov (as Ivushkin) and Irina Starshenbaum (as Anya) shared some great chemistry and fine acting skills. I enjoyed Viktor Dobronravov as crazy-good tank driver Stepan too.
If you want a crazy, epic action-packed WWII film, then maybe T-34 is for you. I watched it in its natural language (with English subtitles) and not the dubbed version. If you need a high-level of authenticity, then maybe pass. This Australian enjoyed it!
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