They Fought for Their Country (1975)

 ●  Russian ● Running Time: TBA

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In July 1942, in the Second World War, the rearguard of the Red army protects the bridgehead of the Don River against the German army while the retreating soviet troops cross the bridge. While they move back to the Russian territory through the countryside, the soldiers show their companionship, sentiments, fears and heroism to defend their motherland.
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Did you know? 'They Fought for Their Country' was the last film of Vasiliy Shukshin. Read More
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as Piotr Lopakhin
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Old woman
as Alexandr Kopytovskij
as Assistant of doctor
as Poprischenko
Supporting Actor
as Lisichenko
as Lieutenant
Supporting Actor
as Natalya Stepanovna
as Ivan Zvyagintsev
Supporting Actress
as Nikolay Streltsov
Supporting Actor
as Nekrasov


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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Sound Mix:
6-Track 70mm
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24 fps
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Revealing Mistakes
When the German 'BF-109' crashes into the Russian house, guide wires are clearly visible and one explosive at the point of impact goes off before the plane hits the ground.

Revealing Mistakes
The German Panzer-IV tanks all lack the turret machine gun which would have mounted parallel to the main barrel.
The film was selected as the official Soviet entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 49th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee

'They Fought for Their Country' was the last film of Vasiliy Shukshin.