USSR, Late November, 1941. Based on the account by reporter Vasiliy Koroteev that appeared in the Red Army's newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, shortly after the battle, this is the story of Panifilov's Twenty-Eight, a group of twenty-eight soldiers of the Red Army's 316th Rifle Division, under the command of General Ivan Panfilov, that stopped the advance on Moscow of a column of fifty-four Nazi tanks of the 11th Panzer Division for several days. Though armed only with standard issue Mosin-Nagant infantry rifles and DP and PM-M1910 machine guns, all useless against tanks, and with wholly inadequate RPG-40 anti-tank grenades and PTRD-41 anti-tank rifles, they fought tirelessly and defiantly, with uncommon bravery and unwavering dedication, to protect Moscow and their Motherland.
Originally fund raising on the movie was carried out by means of crowd funding, and finally the collected sum has made 34 746 062 RUR. See more »
The soldiers mention an unnamed Japanese drama, which is obviously the film Seven Samurai. Made in 1954.
They also mention the 1960 US remake, released 1960. See more »
Well-done Russian war movie based on fine Soviet traditions
First of all - a little story about the creation of that picture and it's difference from most of another recent Russian war movies.
Since Perestroika in Russian military cinema has began the era of "unmasking". All the directors and screenwriters were tried to make a WWII movie, where Soviet soldiers are portrayed as criminals and idiots and all the Soviet officials are pictured as drunks and butchers. Such a movies were "Shtrafbat", "Burnt by the Sun - 2" and many other. At the same time the creators of such movies has blamed all the Soviet WWII movie classics for it's "propaganda".
But most of the citizens of former USSR haven't pay respect for that modern pictures. Soviet classic movies about WWII like "Only "old men" are going into battle", "They have fought for the Motherlad" or "The burning snow" are still considering by millions of Russian, Belorussian, Ukrainian, Kazakh and other people of former USSR as irresistible classics which cannot be replaced by the modern "truth". In addition that old movies are also appreciated for it's soul, great actors performances and respect for the veterans.
Finally even the people who creates movies in Russia are got tired of such a disgusting performances as "Shtrafbat". That has happened around 2009 when Andrey Shaliopa has came up with the idea of "The Panfilov's 28 men" - a movie based on a well-known Soviet era legend.
Around 2011 (when the crowd-funding campaign of that movie has just begun) the screenwriter and director of "The Panfilov's 28 men" - Andrey Shaliopa - has promised all the people who has funded his picture, that it will be a new attempt to create a Soviet military movie classics. Five years later I can say that he completely fulfill his promise.
"The Panfilov's 28 men" is a well-done modern Russian film that is not blaming Soviet WWII movies but revise them in a contemporary technical way with necessary piece of respect.
The historical part of the movie is outstanding - all the weapons, guns, tanks are pictured correct. That is a great step forward for a Russian cinema.
The actors performances are great, considering there are not many familiar actors in that movie. But all the characters of the soldiers are portrayed trustfully. You can almost believe that one of that soldier is your own grandfather.
As resume I highly recommend "The Panfilov's 28 men" for all who likes war movies with fine technical part and plain but realistic plot.
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