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Stalingrad (2013)

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A group of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.

Director:

Fedor Bondarchuk
9 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mariya Smolnikova ... Katya
Yanina Studilina ... Masha
Pyotr Fyodorov ... Kapitan Gromov
Thomas Kretschmann ... Kapitan Kan (as Tomas Krechmann)
Sergey Bondarchuk ... Sergey Astakhov
Dmitriy Lysenkov Dmitriy Lysenkov ... Chvanov
Andrey Smolyakov ... Polyakov
Aleksey Barabash Aleksey Barabash ... Nikiforov
Oleg Volku Oleg Volku ... Krasnov
Heiner Lauterbach ... Khenze (as Khayner Lauterbakh)
Polina Raykina Polina Raykina ... Natashka
Anna von Haebler Anna von Haebler ... Nina
Yuriy Nazarov ... V roli navodchika (as Yuriy Vladimirovich Nazarov)
Mariya Sittel Mariya Sittel ... Perevod rechi premer-ministra Yaponii chitaet (voice)
Petar Zekavica Petar Zekavica ... Yurgens (as Petar Zekavitsa)
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Storyline

Stalingrad has become hell and paradise for those who were worthy of awards, but the only reward they managed to get was love. How they won, and how they were not defeated, who they were and who was on the other side of the street, what secret they have taken away with them - the movie will tell this story. Written by Iliya Tilkin

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Taglines:

The epic battle that turned the tide of World War II

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of war violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | German | Japanese

Release Date:

10 October 2013 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Stalingrad See more »

Filming Locations:

Russia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$510,846, 28 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,013,945

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,245,261
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Sound Mix:

Auro 11.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stalingrad is the first Russian movie made completely in 3D IMAX and the first non-North American film in the IMAX format. However, it is not the first 3D movie to come out of Russian territory. The honor goes to "Concert" produced in 1940-1941 in USSR, directed by Alexander Andrievsky, and released on February 4th, 1941. See more »

Goofs

When the Germans begin firing mortars, you see one of them drop a round down the tube, then place his hand over the muzzle for a moment. This is an unthinkable act for any soldier - as soon as the round reaches the firing pin at the bottom of the tube, it will fire, and any fingers over the muzzle will be on their way to the target. Any soldier with even basic mortar experience will know to keep his hand moving downward as soon as he lets go of the round. Firing a mortar is a pretty intense experience, and the muzzle is the most dangerous part of the weapon (for the person firing it), and it is just natural to keep your fingers away as much as possible. A soldier firing a mortar as depicted in the movie will only get a couple of rounds off before he runs out of hands. See more »

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Not the epic movie the trailers suggested
26 January 2014 | by nutwingSee all my reviews

When I seen the trailers for this movie, I was gob-smacked. The superb VFX suggested an epic movie about the battle for Stalingrad. Great, this was going to be like "The Longest Day" or one of the other huge classic World War II movies. After the initial opener set in another part of the world, we get to Stalingrad. After some opening battle scenes which are very well done indeed, the realization sets in that what looks like an epic movie is in fact one set around a square in the city, and mainly on the now famous Pavlov's House. The events depicted are set before The Russians encircled The Germans, so we don't get to see the sight of half starved Germans. The movie settles into segments where the Russian heroes all seem to be obsessed with gaining the attentions or affections of 15 year old Russian civilian girl (Natashka) who bravely stayed in her home despite the carnage visited on the city. The apparent intention of the movie to show a love story set in Stalingrad isn't properly thought-through, simply because the hero who eventually wins Natashka's heart is a bolt out of the blue, with little in the way of cluing-in the viewer as it develops. We are left disengaged and wondering what and why about this. Thomas Kretschmann plays German officer Peter Kahn, whose main priority seems to be with a Russian woman (Masha) who reminds him of his wife who died in an air raid back in Germany. He literally puts aside all common sense and military discipline with his obsession for Masha. He defies orders, displaying little interest in the battle and risking court-martial and the firing squad. There are many good things about this movie. The VFX and sound are amazing, absolutely first class and up there with the very best. The realism they crammed into the VFX just has to be seen and appreciated. The German Panzer tanks are in fact a single Russian T34 disguised as a Panzer IV and then replicated by the VFX team into several more Panzers. Others have mentioned that Panzer IV tanks of 1942 didn't have the protective metal skirts shown in the movie, but to me that is nit-picking. The German aircraft flying overhead and the flak coming up at them is an amazing scene, as is the one where we see a damaged plane coming in and crash landing in the square. The hand to hand fight scenes are very realistic. The period uniforms seem to be quite accurate, especially the German ones. The general appearance of the uniforms is welcome and shows them grubby and dusty, which makes a welcome change from the unrealistically shiny boots and helmets in the thick of battle that we see in many war movies. Great attention to detail has been given to this. We get some aerial views of the banks of the Volga and the VFX period-recreated city damaged and on fire, which is very satisfying. They give the viewer a tantalizing glimpse and feel of how close the Germans came to victory. While overall I don't think this was a bad movie at all, I do think an opportunity to expand it more was lost. I watched this with sub-titles and the quality of translation is pretty poor in places, with small mistakes that I found annoying. There really is little excuse for this. For me, the VFX team saved the day. Their work and that of the make-up people is a credit to them and helps make this movie visually better than it otherwise deserves to be. I am giving this movie a 7 as a mark of respect and appreciation for the work the VFX and make-up team did. There is a short (about 9 minutes I think) "VFX Making Of" on Youtube that I highly suggest watching as it shows how the VFX was done.


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