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Stalker (1979)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  17 April 1980 (Netherlands)
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.


(as Andrey Tarkovskiy)


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Complete credited cast:
Alisa Freyndlikh ...
Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy ...
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ...
Nikolay Grinko ...
Natalya Abramova ...
Marta, doch Stalkera (as Natasha Abramova)
Faime Jurno ...
Sobesednitsa Pisatelya (as F. Yurna)
E. Kostin ...
Lyuger, khozyain kafe
Raymo Rendi ...
Patrulnyy politseyskiy (as R. Rendi)


Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife's objections, a man rises in the early morning and leaves her with their disabled daughter to meet two men. He's a Stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one's secret hopes come true. His clients are a burned out popular writer, cynical, and questioning his talent; and a quiet scientist more concerned about his knapsack than the journey. In the deserted Zone, the approach to the Room must be indirect. As they draw near, the rules seem to change and the stalker faces a crisis. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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17 April 1980 (Netherlands)  »

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RUR 6,000,000 (estimated)

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(Sovcolor)| | (Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The film Stalker inspired video game developer GSC Game World to create STALKER:Shadow of Chernobyl. The game puts players into the role of a stalker who must navigate The Zone looking for answers to his amnesia. See more »


[first lines]
Stalker's Wife: [sub-titled from Russian] Why did you take my watch?
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Referenced in The Double Life of Veronique (1991) See more »


Written by Maurice Ravel
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A unique visionary film
28 June 2004 | by (united states) – See all my reviews

Tarkovsky's direction for this film is nearly flawless.

The film mainly focuses on three characters and their basic goodness of each other. The photographic colors are brilliantly choreographed to the mood of character and viewer. The visionary landscapes are mesmerizing beautiful.

The survival techniques the characters in the film achieve is unlike anything I've seen in film. Much like Kubrick in terms of directive style and character study, Tarkovsky puts the viewer in a kaleidoscopic landscape of mood and emotion. No clichés here though. I have not read the story which the movie is based upon, but from what I understand the characters in the film all develop a healing understanding of each other.

That is when you know [as a viewer] that you will watch something unique and

exceptional. If you are into complex, psychological science fiction in the same vain of say {The Andromeda Strain, Solaris, 2001:a space odyssey} than you shall enjoy "Stalker".

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