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Admiral (2008)

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The story of admiral Aleksandr Kolchak who remained faithful to his oath to the Russian Emperor and fought against the Bolshevik rule after the 1917 October Revolution.

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Andrey Kravchuk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Konstantin Khabenskiy ... Admiral
Elizaveta Boyarskaya ... Anna
Sergey Bezrukov ... General Kappel
Vladislav Vetrov Vladislav Vetrov ... Sergey Timirev
Anna Kovalchuk ... Sofya
Egor Beroev ... Mikhail Smirnov
Richard Bohringer ... General Zhannen
Oleg Fomin Oleg Fomin ... Nikolay Podgurskiy
Anatoliy Pashinin Anatoliy Pashinin ... Rostislav Ognivtsev
Dmitriy Shcherbina Dmitriy Shcherbina ... Vladimir Rybaltovskiy
Viktor Verzhbitskiy ... Kerenskiy
Aleksandr Klyukvin ... Premer-ministr Pepelyaev
Fedor Bondarchuk ... Kinorezhisser Sergey Fyodorovich (as Fyodor Bondarchuk)
Nikolay Burlyaev ... Imperator
Olga Ostroumova
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Storyline

Admiral Aleksandr Kolchak is a true war hero and beloved husband and father. Anna, the wife of his best friend, becomes the love of his life. The revolution in his heart mirrors the revolution in his own country. His destiny is to fight the Bolsheviks and bring back the Czarist rule. Written by Anatoli Maksimov

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Taglines:

"Ibo krepka, kak smert, lyubov." ("For as strong as death is love.") See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Russia]

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | French

Release Date:

9 October 2008 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Admiral - Warrior. Hero. Legend. See more »

Filming Locations:

Irkutsk, Russia See more »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,287,970
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title uses old Russian orthography, abandoned after the October Socialist Revolution of 1917. See more »

Goofs

During the opening sequence at the Baltic Sea (November 1916, according to the captions), Admiral Kolchak identifies the pursuing German armored cruiser as the SMS Friedrich Carl and enters his own minefield in order to escape. Later, when the Germans are about to blast the immobile and damaged Russian vessel, they strike a mine and their ship blows apart and sinks within seconds with a clear big loss of lives. Actually, although the SMS Friedrich Carl was in fact sunk by Russian mines, this happened two years before than the movie shows (November 1914). Besides, she stayed afloat for several hours, enough for the light cruiser SMS Augsburg to arrive to the scene and rescue most of the crew, and only 8 crew members were lost. (In reference to a deliberate mistake, it is very unlikely that an experienced seaman and high rank officer such as Kolchak had mistaken a ship for one that the entire Russian navy knew had sunk two years before.) See more »

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Spoofed in Samyy luchshiy film 3-DE (2011) See more »

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Lost potential
19 February 2013 | by burkay-ozturkSee all my reviews

Let me preface this by disclosing that I am not from Russia. Perhaps the movie becomes more compelling if you are raised in the Russian society and culture, but I wasn't.

Here is the review of the movie in a nutshell: There was potential for greatness, but it was wasted on a mechanical love triangle and historical superficiality. Shame.

For example, the lovers never get intimate. It is as if they are constantly waiting for the camera crew to leave. There is no passion between them. This made various key plot elements hard to buy.

Also, we never get a good sense of why the Admiral is fighting for the dying regime. From what I have read on the net, he was a passionate anti-Bolshevik but we don't get that sense in the movie. Why does he put everything on the line after the monarchy falls? Why doesn't he just leave? Why do the soldiers loyal to him keep fighting? What does he want to do with Russia if he can beat the Reds? We get no clue, no explanation, no plan, no rationale, not even a trace of human emotion grounding the resistance. What we see is someone in a uniform going through the motions. He appears to be a good actor too, so if I had to point my finger on someone, I would blame the failure on the screenwriter and the director.

But perhaps that's actually how the war happened, which could explain why he lost against the Reds.

In the end, the movie fails on both counts: It is not a believable love- triangle drama and it is not a compelling history movie. Unless you already care deeply about the historical figures in the movie, you wont find yourself moved.

I don't recommend it to any audience.


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