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Stalingrad (2013)

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  • Genre: Action | War
  • Release Date: 10 October 2013 (Armenia)
  • Runtime: 131 min
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  • IMDb page: Stalingrad (2013)
  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 5,037 votes 
  • Genre: Action | War
  • Release Date: 10 October 2013 (Armenia)
  • Runtime: 131 min
  • Filming Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $510,846 (USA) (28 February 2014)
  • Director: Fedor Bondarchuk
  • Stars: Mariya Smolnikova, Yanina Studilina, Pyotr Fyodorov | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Angelo Badalamenti   

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Sergey Snezhkin 
  • Ilya Tilkin 

Known Trivia

  • Stalingrad is the first Russian movie made completely in 3D and the first non-North American film in the IMAX format. 13 of 13 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The original script by Ilya Tilkin has no literary source. Tilkin studied museum archives as well as the diaries of the Stalingrad Battle participants to write the script. 7 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The set built near St. Petersburg was meant to reproduce every detail of Stalingrad’s heroic image. The construction of the set took six months, involved over 400 people and cost around 4 million dollars. 8 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Official submission of Russia to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. 8 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Fedor Bondarchuk, Andrey Smolyakov, and Thomas Kretschmann have already acted in films named Stalingrad: Thomas starred in the German movie Stalingrad (1993), Fedor and Andrey had roles in the Soviet movie Stalingrad (1989). 4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Til Schweiger denied a role in the film as he didn’t want to play a Nazi officer. 4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The house in the movie is based on the legendary Pavlov’s House in Stalingrad and its history. 3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: A band 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. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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 byIliya Tilkin

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Sergey Melkumov known as producer
  • Alexander Rodnyansky known as producer (as Aleksandr Rodnyanskiy)
  • Dmitriy Rudovskiy known as producer
  • Steve Schklair known as 3D producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Mariya Smolnikova known as Katya
  • Yanina Studilina known as Masha
  • Pyotr Fyodorov known as Kapitan Gromov
  • Thomas Kretschmann known as Kapitan Kan (as Tomas Krechmann)
  • Sergey Bondarchuk known as Sergey Astakhov
  • Dmitriy Lysenkov known as Chvanov
  • Andrey Smolyakov known as Polyakov
  • Aleksey Barabash known as Nikiforov
  • Oleg Volku known as Krasnov
  • Heiner Lauterbach known as Khenze (as Khayner Lauterbakh)
  • Polina Raykina known as Natashka
  • Anna von Abler known as Nina
  • Yuriy Nazarov known as V roli navodchika (as Yuriy Vladimirovich Nazarov)
  • Mariya Sittel known as Perevod rechi premer-ministra Yaponii chitaet (voice)
  • Petar Zekavica known as Yurgens (as Petar Zekavitsa)
  • Dmitriy Kochkin known as Mitya
  • Georges Devdariani known as Kloze (as Zhorzh Devdariani)
  • Philippe Reinhardt known as Gotfrid (as Filipp Reynkhardt)
  • Christoph Gawenda known as Otto (as Kristof Gavenda)
  • Oksana Bazilevich known as Tomka
  • Svetlana Svirko known as Raya
  • Nataliya Kadochnikova known as Zoyka
  • Valentin Kuznetsov known as Klyuev
  • Roman Likhodeev known as Matros
  • Aleksandr Suvorov known as Matros
  • Ivan Debov known as Matros
  • Mikhail Bogdanov known as Matros
  • Evgeniy Levitskiy known as Chasovoy
  • Oleg Tilkin known as Belobrysyy saper
  • Maksim Yakovlev known as Malchishka zaryazhayushchiy
  • Kirill Varaksa known as Sukhoy
  • Nodar Dzhanelidze known as Ryaboy matros
  • Yan Kuzmin known as Radist
  • Aleksandr Pangaev known as Saper
  • Aleksandr Ivanov known as Saper
  • Yuriy Utkin known as Efreytor
  • Aleksandr Petrov known as Efreytor
  • Sergey Trebesov known as Smuglyy
  • Nikolay Pavlov known as Opolchenets
  • Sergey Petrov known as Opolchenets
  • Evgeniy Tsurko known as Opolchenets
  • Vladimir Shagin known as Opolchenets
  • Igor Sigov known as Nachalnik MChS (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Martin Astles known as makeup designer
  • Stephen Bettles known as prosthetic make up artist
  • Joe Colwell known as makeup supervisor
  • Richard Redlefsen known as key prosthetic makeup artist
  • Crystal Ro known as special makeup effects coordinator
  • Todd Tucker known as makeup designer
  • Adam Walls known as special makeup effects project coordinator
  • Chad Washam known as makeup designer

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Art Pictures Studio
  • Non-Stop Productions

Other Companies:

  • MovieScore Media  soundtrack

Distributors:

  • ACME Film (2013) (Estonia) (theatrical)
  • Acme Film (2013) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • B&H Film Distribution (2013) (Ukraine) (theatrical)
  • China Film Co. (2013) (China) (theatrical)
  • Huaxia Film Distribution Company (2013) (China) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR) (2013) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Columbia Pictures (2014) (USA) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Illusion Industries (special makeup effects)
  • Main Road Post (Visual Effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Vitaliy Babich known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Ekaterina Bezrukova known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Roman Bobrov known as CG supervisor: Main Road Post
  • Miroslav Bobryshev known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Ekaterina Bolovtsova known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Leonid Frantsuzov known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Nikita Glukhov known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Yuliya Gyune known as visual effects producer: Main Road Post
  • Sergey Ivanenko known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Kseniya Ivanova known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Artyom Khorchev known as concept artist: Main Road Post
  • Viktor Kuzmin known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Mikhail Lesin known as senior td: Main Road Post
  • Aleksandr Lipilin known as animation supervisor: Main Road Post
  • Andrey Maksimov known as vfx art-director: Main Road Post
  • Aleksey Mazurenko known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Elena Medvedeva known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Daniel Ovrutskiy known as Mistika artist: native stereo optimization
  • Konstantin Pavlov known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Elena Pestrikova known as compositing supervisor
  • Stanislav Pologrudov known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Valeria Popova known as production assistant: Main Road Post
  • Maksim Revin known as concept artist: Main Road Post
  • Steve Schklair known as 3D visual effects producer
  • Olga Stepanova known as production assistant: Main Road Post
  • Igor Tretyakov known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Vladislav Tushevskiy known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Arman Yahin known as visual effects supervisor
  • Natalya Zakharova known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Viktoriya Zaletaeva known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Aleksey Zaytsev known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post
  • Maksim Zherdetskiy known as visual effects artist: Main Road Post

MPAA: Rated R for sequences of war violence

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. mikhus
    04 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    Actually, this film MUST not have its name. There is nothing aboutStalingrad battle… Yes, cute pictures how burned Soviet soldiersattacking German positions and slow-motion hand-to-hand battles looksnice, but that is nothing related to real history of this battle.

    In terms of scale the film does not give the answer at least about onelocal engagement in Stalingrad in WW2, especially if take into accountthat there were a lot of such events. Heroes behaves really strange andillogical sometimes. Very messy scene where commander made hystericabout killed German soldier who came for water. "Even animals do notdevour each other at the watering!" he says. What? Hey, director,haven't you seen "Animal planet"?..

    So the good name for this film is "Saving girl Katya", but not"Stalingrad". It's just a director's fantasies about THE WAR, and howdoes he see it, but there is nothing related to Stalingrad battle atall. Now we can easily change decorations and make film with samemental content named "Berlin" or "Kiev", because we could simplyimagine the same "war story" anywhere. So, why Stalingrad?..

  2. arriva from -
    04 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    This is probably the worst movie about the decisive and bloodiestbattle during the course of the second world war – the battle whichactually allowed the Russians (in 1943 Allied forces were nowhere to beseen yet) to stop and reverse the German offensive.

    Is this a movie really about that deafening battle? No, absolutely not,it's a about a group of Russian soldiers who fought for some house inthe center of Stalingrad, but they were not fighting for theirmotherland or peace, but for a single surviving woman who inhabitedthat house (other inhabitants of the city lived in basements as thecity was was under constant bombing and it was crammed with snipers).

    The movie is rife with meaningless stupid dialogs, similarlymeaningless voice over (which revealed that the budget was … scarce),actions which defied common sense and any logic, especially the laws ofwar.

    For reasons which are beyond any logic, the movie tries hard tovindicate the Germans, to show them as people who are similar to theRussians, even though the former started the bloodiest war in thehistory of mankind, and the latter were its victims. Who cares that theGermans employed genocide and ethnic purges? This movie is above that.

    In short almost everything that is shown about the war is eitherabsurd, grotesque, factually wrong or egregious.

    The CGI in the movie is excellent, and that's its only redeemingquality. The script is awful, the acting is pretentious, and theportrayal of the war is beyond anything you've ever known.

  3. scorpion22-1 from Bulgaria
    04 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    I liked the movie! It shows ordinary people that became heroes withinextraordinary circumstances. The battle scenes are astonishing andprofessionally shot. I watched many documentaries about Stalingraddefense and even the German veterans admitted that the Russian soldierscrashed them in combats. Kretschmann was perfect in his decadent rolealso. Movies about Russian heroic resistance could be made only byRussians themselves. As a total I don't think that this movie deservesworse rating than "Saving private Ryan" or "Enemy at the gates". Infact, the movie shows the Russian perception of the war. Some couldfind it propaganda, but having experienced in documentary literatureand movies about Stalingrad siege and defense, for me the movie showsthe real status of the war with modern cinema weapons!

  4. s-agafonov91 from Lithuania
    04 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    Oh dear, I expected to see some war actions like how the city wasattacked on first days, more changes of battle place, more focused ontime line of the greatest Stalingrad events. More passion in peacefulmoments or some cross-story in nowadays would make this film even moredramatic. But this movie disappointed me. And this is why.

    This is a Russian film, so expect to see much of unnecessary talks andquite a bit shots that tells you nothing at all. Russian acting isRussian acting – nothing new in this case, except actors from abroad.So you have to deal with this funny and sometimes even irritatingacting.

    The Story. Well, movie starts from very strange actions in Japan andends like that, too. I didn't feel necessity of these Intros andOutros. Main action starts somewhere in the middle of the battle in thecity of Stalingrad. Ban, bang, bang. Some awesome burning shots andthen boom – action went away. And from there a love and revenge takesplace. No big tragedies of starving or cold. I really missed thereality of Stalingrad. Instead you're given audioflashbacks/flash-forwards of main characters told by narrator. Blah,blah, blah. For what? Is it supposed to be documentary? I barely cansay it's a movie about Stalingrad as the whole War Action. More likeabout one place particularly – House of Pavlov, which in my opinion hadtoo be the MAIN TITLE and not Stalingrad. But then you may think moredeeply – as it goes around one girl – maybe it could be „Saving civilKatya" :) ? Oh, by the way, you get even two love stories in thismovie, but none contains a lap-dance or passion, so it ruins theromantic side of the movie. The whole war strategy is a real mess hereon both sides. I couldn't get it. It's not realistic to me somehow.

    Characters. Well, their actions are mostly illogical as they fight forthe love. They get outside without any commands given. Walking like abosses in their own yard. Killing comrade from OTHER division for histhoughts about taking some action instead of sitting was also verystrange behavior as it would get the killer to war court. And reactionof those folks after this non-sense just killed me. It was sounrealistic. There were other problems with logic in dialogs, too.

    Technical side of the movie is done very very well. CGI effects andbackground are brilliant and I really enjoyed some of the action liketanks and mines scenes, but it lacks of really fast intense actionscenes of soldier fight seen in Band of Brothers, The Pacific etc.Scenes that thrills you and makes you say – „Oh, man. War is a such aterrible thing". Slow-mo scenes were… they were nice to see, butthere was way too much of it. And not in particular scenes, in whichslow-mo would really make you to feel for the character. Like the mainhero is looking around and feels confused, scared in slow-mo. No, youwon't get it here. Audio quality is outstanding, BUT as always and thisdrives me crazy as hell – some dialogs are very quiet (mainlyproblematic for Russian people).

  5. mirceavalcea from Romania
    04 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    I had high expectations, since lately the Russians have made some greatwar movies, like Bielai Tigr, Brestskaya Krepost or 9 Rota. Gritty,realistic, well-filmed, well-acted. Unfortunately, this is not the casewith Stalingrad. The actors play way too fake, the story is crap,everything is so underlined that is as dreadful to watch as the 30sSoviet or Nazi propaganda (or 40s US propaganda, really bad too). Andactually this is all about this movie: propaganda, and not even good orsubtle (Brestskaya Krepost was also quite propagandistic, but still agood film anyway). For example, SPOILER the first battle scene:Russians charge undeterred while on fire, burning to death but stillattacking none the less, while the Germans, well entrenched and heavilyarmed with MGs, just throw their weapons and run SPOILER END. Really?How could anyone think there are out there watchers so dumb not tolaugh out at this? The characters speak mostly in slogans, not likenormal people, and everybody is ridiculously stereotypic, from theGerman officer to the brave devoted scout. My opinion? about 3/10, with3 points for the filming (at least the filming crew knew what they weredoing, unlike the writer or the actors). My advice? Go watch BrestFortress (Brestskaya Krepost-2010) instead.

  6. klukvindom from Uae
    04 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    Admire the ambition, but this version of Bondarchuk fails to back upits camera work, special effects and editing with enough of substanceto anchor the spectator.

    Cant say i was convinced with the plot or the dialogs, neither myfeelings were really touched. Thomas Kretschmann actually is the onlyone who's character seems to be convincing. Great actor who saved thisfilm…

    Descent piece of work, but not anything i would choose to watch onemore time. Would have expected Fedor Bondarchuk to come up withsomething much more substantial, taking into consideration the topic…

  7. nutwing from Dublin, Ireland
    04 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    When I seen the trailers for this movie, I was gob-smacked. The superbVFX suggested an epic movie about the battle for Stalingrad. Great,this was going to be like "The Longest Day" or one of the other hugeclassic World War II movies. After the initial opener set in anotherpart of the world, we get to Stalingrad. After some opening battlescenes which are very well done indeed, the realization sets in thatwhat looks like an epic movie is in fact one set around a square in thecity, and mainly on the now famous Pavlov's House. The events depictedare set before The Russians encircled The Germans, so we don't get tosee the sight of half starved Germans. The movie settles into segmentswhere the Russian heroes all seem to be obsessed with gaining theattentions or affections of 15 year old Russian civilian girl(Natashka) who bravely stayed in her home despite the carnage visitedon the city. The apparent intention of the movie to show a love storyset in Stalingrad isn't properly thought-through, simply because thehero 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 areleft disengaged and wondering what and why about this. ThomasKretschmann plays German officer Peter Kahn, whose main priority seemsto be with a Russian woman (Masha) who reminds him of his wife who diedin an air raid back in Germany. He literally puts aside all commonsense and military discipline with his obsession for Masha. He defiesorders, displaying little interest in the battle and riskingcourt-martial and the firing squad. There are many good things aboutthis movie. The VFX and sound are amazing, absolutely first class andup there with the very best. The realism they crammed into the VFX justhas to be seen and appreciated. The German Panzer tanks are in fact asingle Russian T34 disguised as a Panzer IV and then replicated by theVFX team into several more Panzers. Others have mentioned that PanzerIV tanks of 1942 didn't have the protective metal skirts shown in themovie, but to me that is nit-picking. The German aircraft flyingoverhead and the flak coming up at them is an amazing scene, as is theone where we see a damaged plane coming in and crash landing in thesquare. The hand to hand fight scenes are very realistic. The perioduniforms seem to be quite accurate, especially the German ones. Thegeneral appearance of the uniforms is welcome and shows them grubby anddusty, which makes a welcome change from the unrealistically shinyboots and helmets in the thick of battle that we see in many warmovies. Great attention to detail has been given to this. We get someaerial views of the banks of the Volga and the VFX period-recreatedcity damaged and on fire, which is very satisfying. They give theviewer a tantalizing glimpse and feel of how close the Germans came tovictory. While overall I don't think this was a bad movie at all, I dothink an opportunity to expand it more was lost. I watched this withsub-titles and the quality of translation is pretty poor in places,with small mistakes that I found annoying. There really is littleexcuse for this. For me, the VFX team saved the day. Their work andthat of the make-up people is a credit to them and helps make thismovie visually better than it otherwise deserves to be. I am givingthis movie a 7 as a mark of respect and appreciation for the work theVFX 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 showshow the VFX was done.

  8. truwarier14-937-101247 from United States
    04 Mar 2014, 6:00 pm

    I think I may be a little biased since I'm a native Russian speaker,but I thought that the movie was excellent. It really helps if youactually understand the language, because it makes it easier to relateto the characters. Trust me when I say it, the actors acted very welland like true Russians.

    When me and my brother went to watch it we were one of the only peoplelaughing at certain parts that non-native speakers didn't laugh at.Some of the things that characters say aren't truly interpreted throughsubtitles.

    The action parts were AMAZING in IMAX 3D, very well worth it. Sure itdoesn't really focus on the truth of the battle, but it was still agreat movie nonetheless.

    Highly recommended!

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