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Ballad of a Soldier (Ballada o Soldate (Баллада о солдате)) (1959)

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Vladimir Ivashov Vladimir Ivashov
Alyosha Skvortsov
Nikolay Kryuchkov Nikolay Kryuchkov
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Written by
Grigori Chukhrai Grigori Chukhrai
(as G. Chukhraj)
Valentin Ezhov Valentin Ezhov
(as V. Yezhov)


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During World War II, 19 year old soldier Alyosha gets a medal as a reward for a heroic act at the front. Instead of this medal he asks for a few days leave to visit his mother and repair the roof of their home. On the train eastwards he meets Shura who is on her way to her aunt. In those few days traveling together they fall in love.
Release date: 26 December 1960
UPC: 037429167922
Tags: 1950s (7), Soviet Union (5), Romance (4), War (4), Russian (4), Black & White (3), Drama (3), 50's (2), Family (2), Train (2), Hay (1), 501 Must-See (1), Railroad (1), 88 Min. (1), Family Relationships (1), HQ (1), 50s (1), Promise (1), Heroism (1), Army (1)
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" I'm a sucker for brave young man, tossed in by the demands of their nation. How eager they are to serve their country though these wars we fight are completely meaningless. A capable soldier is always handsome. He always gets the girl, even if this one might be a chance meeting. I can't remember where I read it but author talked about this urge/need to procreate being faced with death. This tension of attraction and fear is captured perfectly in this film. I'm happy. "


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