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Fortress of War (2010)

Brestskaya krepost (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 4 November 2010 (Belarus)
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.


Aleksandr Kott
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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
Veranika Nikanava Veranika Nikanava ... Anya Kizhevatova
Yana Esipovich ... Zhena Kizhevatova


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


Action | Drama | History | War


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At the battle with the tanks, when the Russians storm the German infantry, you can see a closeup of the same German soldier dying twice within a few seconds. His helmet is pushed into his eyes, his throat is squirting blood and he is falling towards the right edge of the screen. See more »


Referenced in Xoca (2012) See more »

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a real, gritty gem
8 September 2013 | by JamieWJacksonSee all my reviews

I don't like reading subtitles, but I will for a particularly good movie, and this certainly is one. I also don't normally gravitate toward war movies, but again, I'll make an exception for a good one, and I give this one a 9. It might be even better than that. There is so much for the eye here; I'm very impressed at the amount of work which must have gone into making every shot look so real. Also, the soundtrack was not overwhelming; for the most part, what we see is what carries the emotion, and that is a testament to the power of the events and the quality of the reconstruction of them for this movie.

There's a lot of violence, shooting, dying, etc. here, but not a lot of really nasty gore, which is something I appreciate. I'm sure the reality may have been even uglier than what is shown in this movie, but I don't need to see every last ounce of gore to know that war sucks and people get horribly maimed and killed. What is shown is enough to make the point well.

Very high quality movie; strongly recommended.

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4 November 2010 (Belarus) See more »

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The Brest Fortress See more »

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Brest, Belarus See more »


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2.35 : 1
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