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Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)

Kavkazskiy plennik (original title)
R | | Drama, War | 31 January 1997 (USA)
Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son.

Director:

Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov)

Writers:

Arif Aliev, Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Oleg Menshikov ... Sacha Kostylin
Sergey Bodrov ... Ivan (Vanya) Zhilin
Jemal Sikharulidze ... Abdul-Murat
Susanna Mekhraliyeva ... Dina
Aleksandr Bureyev Aleksandr Bureyev ... Hasan
Valentina Fedotova Valentina Fedotova ... Zhilin's Mother
Aleksey Zharkov ... Maslov, the Russian Commander
T. Kibyev T. Kibyev
Valeri Kostrin Valeri Kostrin
Pavel Lebeshev ... (as P. Lebeshev)
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Storyline

Based upon a short story by Leo Tolstoy, two Russian soldiers, Sacha and Vania, are ambushed by Muslim rebels in the grandly forbidding Caucasus and taken prisoner. Although complete understanding never fully emerges, their bittersweet ordeal reveals the human soul of two vastly different cultures. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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An extraordinary story of hope, courage and humanity.

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Russia | Kazakhstan

Language:

Russian | Turkish | Georgian | Chechen

Release Date:

31 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prisoner of the Mountains See more »

Filming Locations:

Richa, Dagestan, Russia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,205, 2 February 1997

Gross USA:

$790,078

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$921,886
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Karavan See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dzhemal Sikharulidze, whose character Abdul-Murat abducts the two Russian soldiers, speaks Georgian in the film, not Chechen. See more »

Goofs

After Sacha and Vanya escape and remove the shackles from their ankles, they begin running upstream. The scene cuts to a different angle, and they are running downstream. See more »

Quotes

Sacha Kostylin: I am dead, but I like it. Everything is peaceful now.
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Soundtracks

PESNIA O POGIBSHEM BRATE
Written and Performed by Radzhab Radzhabov
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strong, warm and humane
25 December 2000 | by micke83fiSee all my reviews

There are probably a lot of prejudices people have against Russian film. Mine were gone after I had seen this one.

"Kavkazskij plennik" is a film about a youth who's being sent to Chechnya to fight for the Russian army. He's together with another Russian soldier being captured in Chechnya by an older Chechnyan man who wants to change them for his own son, who's is being held by the Russians. There being locked into an old house high among the Caucasian mountains. Soon a friendship develops between them and young girl who brings them food and water.

This movie was made after and during the last months of the first Chechnyan war. Everybody's a victim and there is nothing to win in this war, specially for the Russians. It is just a matter of how much you lose. The persons in this film do not hate each other because their fighting on different sides. The Chechnyans probably hates what these Russian soldiers represent, but they know that this war isn't caused by these two Russians. They are both just a small, meaningless part of it. Russia does not give a damn about their lives, probably because it's leaders have lost the humane touch, while calculating their offensives. Lives have been reduced into numbers on white sheet. But there are people who care, even among the "enemies". Normal people still show respect for humanity.

The rhythm of the movie is great, it leaves the viewer enough time to think and also find the deeper thoughts from the movie. The music is well selected too, I just cant get that tune out of my head. This together with a realistic humane aspect gives this movie a strong pacifistic tune. Definitely worth to take a look at.


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