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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:

$89,992, 7 February 1997

Gross USA:

$661,361, 30 March 1997
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Karavan See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 forgot to tell you - say goodbye to your balls.
Ivan Zhilin: What do you mean?
Sacha Kostylin: These guys don't think twice. They just cut your balls off. Have you ever fucked someone?
Ivan Zhilin: Sure.
Sacha Kostylin: Why worry then? You already had a good time.
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Referenced in Vdud (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

GO DOWN MOSES
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Arranged by Harry Thacker Burleigh
Performed by Louis Armstrong
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prisoners of many things
15 April 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

One might assume that the title refers only to the two Russian soldiers taken hostage by villagers in the Caucasus. But the Russian army has the village surrounded, so the townspeople are also prisoners. Moreover, each side is a prisoner of their own hate: the Russians can't see the villagers as humans and the villagers can't see the Russians as humans, thereby continuing the cycle of hate. Even the village elder is a prisoner of tradition: he uses a ceremonial knife for something in which he could have used a gun.

All in all, "Kavkazskiy plennik" (called "Prisoner of the Mountains" in English) is a very well done movie. Oleg Menshikov and Sergei Bodrov Jr. do very well with their roles, and the situation in Chechnya makes the movie all the more relevant.


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