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Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (1974)

V boy idut odni 'stariki' (original title)
During World War II, a Soviet veteran pilot teaches to newcomers that war is transient, and music is eternal.

Director:

Leonid Bykov
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Credited cast:
Leonid Bykov ... Aleksey Titarenko (as L. Bykov)
Sergei Podgornyj ... Viktor Shchedronov 'Smuglyanka' (as S. Podgornyy)
Sergei Ivanov ... leytenant Aleksandrov 'Kuznechik' (as S. Ivanov)
Rustam Sagdullaev ... leytenant Sagdullayev 'Romeo' (as R. Sagdullayev)
Evgeniya Simonova ... Masha Popova (as Ye. Simonova)
Olga Mateshko ... Zoya (as O. Mateshko)
Vladimir Talashko ... Sergey Skvortzov (as V. Talashko)
Viktor Miroshnichenko ... mayor Ivan Yermakov 'Kompolka' (as V. Miroshnichenko)
Aleksei Smirnov ... Makarych (as A. Smirnov)
Alim Fedorinsky ... Alyabyev (as A. Fyodorinsky)
Vano Yantbelidze Vano Yantbelidze ... Vano Kobakhidze (as V. Yantbelidze)
Aleksandr Nemchenko ... Ivan Fedorovich (as A. Nemchenko)
Vilori Pashchenko ... Vorobyev (as V. Paschenko)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vladimir Alekseyenko ... (as V. Alekseyenko)
Boris Boldyrevskiy ... mekhanik Sagdullayeva (as B. Boldyrevsky)
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Stunning WWII flying sequences as the Soviet Air Force battles the Luftwaffe. Veteran Russian pilots teach their new recruits about life, death & love. When the older men fly into battle, will the young pilots be ready to fight - and how many will return? Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | War

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The story is based in part on the memoirs of the Soviet fighter ace Vitaly Popkov who fought with a real-life "singing squadron" boasting own amateur choir. The squadron even toured the Soviet rear with concerts and received fighter planes built with money donated by Soviet star musicians. See more »

Alternate Versions

Restored and Colorized version See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Kremlyovskiy koncert: Den' pervogo Aprelya (2003) See more »

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The great movie
3 June 2007 | by rakhimov-rustamSee all my reviews

This movie is about war! Our war, that killed 30 million people. It is about love. Love which does have country borders or nationalism! It is about soviet heroes, who died letting us live. Who died fighting against Hitler! There is no Soviet propaganda, which makes it suitable for any generation and for any person. The main idea is people. Their relationships, their dreams, their believes, their sacrifice and tears. This movie let you think about war. It wont show you physical pain, it will show you inner grief. Watch it and think twice voting for people who start wars, who says that your nation is better, who let people die!


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

12 August 1974 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Only Old Men Are Going to Battle See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Dovzhenko Film Studios See more »
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Mono | Dolby SR
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