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Fortress of War (2010)

Brestskaya krepost (original title)
A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Soviet troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days.

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Aleksandr Kott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Kopashov Aleksey Kopashov ... Sashka Akimov (as Alyosha Kopashov)
Andrey Merzlikin ... Kizhevatov
Pavel Derevyanko ... Fomin
Aleksandr Korshunov Aleksandr Korshunov ... Gavrilov
Maksim Kostromykin ... Kolka
Anna Tsukanova-Kott ... Sonya (as Anna Tsukanova)
Sergey Tsepov Sergey Tsepov ... Zubachev
Benik Arakelyan Benik Arakelyan ... Matevosyan
Mikhail Pavlik ... Vaynshteyn
Sergey Vlasov Sergey Vlasov ... Kavalyonak
Aleksandr Sirin ... Maslov
Evgeniy Tsyganov ... Pochernikov
Tatyana Kamina Tatyana Kamina ... Shura Pochernikova
Veronika Nikonova Veronika Nikonova ... Anya Kizhevatova
Yana Esipovich Yana Esipovich ... Zhena Kizhevatova
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Storyline

The film shows the heroic defense of the Brest Fortress, which had taken upon the first strike of German fascist invaders on June 22 1941. Story describes the events of the first days of the defense. The film tells about three main resistance zones, headed by the regiment commander, Pyotr Mikhailovich Gavrilov, the commissar Efim Moiseevich Fomin and the head of the 9th frontier outpost, Andrey Mitrofanovich Kizhevatov. Many years later veteran Alexander Akimov again and again recalls the memories of the time, when he, then a 15 year old Sasha Akimov was deeply in love with the beautiful Anya and suddenly found himself in the middle of the bloody events of war. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

In 1941 the Nazis attacked the Russian fortress at Brest. Surrender was not an option.

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Russia]

Country:

Belarus | Russia

Language:

Russian | Ukrainian | Belarusian

Release Date:

4 November 2010 (Belarus) See more »

Also Known As:

Fortress of War See more »

Filming Locations:

Brest, Belarus See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,569,371, 31 December 2010
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

During the dogfight scene when the two Messerschmitts shoot down the Soviet I-16, the Soviet fighter passes over the yard at a very low altitude. While it's actually possible, it's pretty much a suicide maneuver because the plane would lose speed and maneuverability when pulling up, practically becoming a sitting duck for the one in pursuit. It's especially dangerous for this particular dogfight as the Bf-109 had a great advantage in speed and especially vertical climbing over the I-16, so the Soviet pilot is definitely giving up any chances. Also, the Soviet plane looks way too small while passing by the buildings. See more »

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References Come and See (1985) See more »

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A contemporary masterpiece
20 May 2011 | by nh3nh4See all my reviews

In case you've come upon this movie by accident, I'd suggest you go ahead and watch it, and then return return back to read the reviews.

The Brest Fortress pushes war movies to a completely different level of realism, poetry and emotional force. It is so visceral, so real and so emotionally powerful that by the end you're part of the battle and no longer a detached viewer. Not a single shot is wasted, not a single line of dialog is a filler, not a single acting even from extras feels like acting, not a single moment do you feel that this is a movie and not real life. The makeup, the wounds, the dirt, the blood, everything is real and it all hits you with one of the best cinematography in a war movie since Ivan's Childhood. And The Brest Fortress pays homage to that great movie in many ways.

Russians suffered unimaginable horrors during WWII and that trauma in their psyche along with their great heritage of story telling and great cinema combines to create another great Russian war movie.

I feel privileged to have watched this movie, knowing that its still unknown in the west, there is not even a wikki page about it yet.


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