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The Russian Woodpecker (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 16 October 2015 (USA)
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As his country is gripped by revolution and war, a Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life and play his part in the revolution by revealing it.

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Credited cast:
Andrei Alexandrovich Andrei Alexandrovich ... Fedor's Father
Fedor Alexandrovich ... Himself
Igor Alexandrovich Igor Alexandrovich ... Fedor's Son
Natalia Barabovskaya Natalia Barabovskaya ... Chernobyl Historian (as Dr. Natalia Baranovskaya)
Andrei Bilyk Andrei Bilyk ... Chernobyl Chief Engineer
Fedor Chebanenko Fedor Chebanenko ... Duga Data Commander (as Lt-Col. Fedor Chebanenko)
Charlie D'Agata Charlie D'Agata ... Himself - CBS News Foreign Correspondent (archive footage)
Anatoly Duatlov Anatoly Duatlov ... Chernobyl Engineer
Fedor Dubrovka Fedor Dubrovka ... Radar Professor
Mikhail Gorbachev ... Former President Russia (archive footage)
Viktor Janoekovytsj Viktor Janoekovytsj ... Former President Ukraine (archive footage)
Vitali Klytsjko Vitali Klytsjko ... Mayor of Kiev / Opposition Leader (archive footage)
Vladimir Komarov Vladimir Komarov ... Head of Chernobyl Investigation Committee
Georgy Kopchinski Georgy Kopchinski ... Last Soviet Head of Atomic Energy
Svetlana Korotkova Svetlana Korotkova ... Art Critic
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As his country is gripped by revolution and war, a Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life and play his part in the revolution by revealing it.

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Documentary | War

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Not Rated
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Ukraine | UK | USA

Language:

Russian | English

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der russische Specht See more »

Filming Locations:

Ukraine See more »

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Fedor Alexandrovich, the hero of this film, did not see any version of the film (including controversial secret camera footage of him) until the film's premiere at Sundance. Upon learning that he had been filmed and presented in a negative light, and responding to a question from the audience about how he felt about this, he exclaimed: "At first was upset. But then I realized that not only am I the protagonist of this film, but also the antagonist! So I'm satisfied." See more »

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Interesting Conspiracy Theory
10 July 2017 | by peteroravecz-99823See all my reviews

The premise of this movie made in a documentary format is intriguing, and it is interesting to watch as the theory about the catastrophe at Chernobyl unfolds.

But that's it - interesting theory, no real facts, no reliable sources, no real technical or physical evidence. Not very convincing.

The "genius artist", who came up with the whole idea takes away a lot of the credibility with his artistic nonsensical performance as well.

So yeah, I'm not convinced.


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