6.8/10
1,848
7 user 4 critic

Defenders of Riga (2007)

Rigas sargi (original title)
The First World War is over. Martins, after many years spent in war abroad, returns to his bride Elza in Latvia. He does not realize that the decisive battle for the heart of Elza and for the newly founded Latvian state is yet to come.

Director:

Aigars Grauba
Reviews
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The struggle of two related families for the eighty-year-old aunt's inheritance through comic and romantic events.

Director: Janis Streics
Stars: Lilita Berzina, Olga Drege, Uldis Dumpis
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A story about the Latvian basketball team, which won the first-ever European Championships in 1935 and its enthusiastic head coach Valdemars Baumanis.

Director: Aigars Grauba
Stars: Janis Amanis, Inga Alsina, Vilis Daudzins
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Imants Veide is writing a script about con artists and their schemes. Together with his friend Harijs Kuharjonoks he's trying them out for real for greater authenticity, but gets too entangled in real criminal schemes.

Director: Oskars Rupenheits
Stars: Lauris Klavins, Andris Daugavins, Maris Micerevskis
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Sixteen-year-old Arturs goes to war and fights for freedom with his friends, even when no one knows in which side it lies.

Director: Dzintars Dreibergs
Stars: Oto Brantevics, Raimonds Celms, Martins Vilsons
Homo Novus (2018)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The action takes place in 1938. The film tells about a young artist Juris Upenajs who comes to Riga where he begins to build his career.

Director: Anna Viduleja
Stars: Igors Selegovskis, Kaspars Znotins, Kristine Kruze
The Mover (2018)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Zanis Lipke's family's efforts to save the Jews during World War II and the rise of the child in a tragic historical situation.

Director: Davis Simanis Jr.
Stars: Arturs Skrastins, Ilze Blauberga, Matiss Kipluks
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Based on the true story of Melanija Vanaga, this film is a brutally realistic and terrifying account of the mass deportation of residents of Soviet-occupied Latvia that took place in June 1941.

Director: Viesturs Kairiss
Stars: Sabine Timoteo, Edvins Mekss, Ivars Krasts
Bille (2018)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A life-provoking, hopeful and solemn story about the growth of one human child and the relationship with the world in Latvia at the end of the 1930s.

Director: Inara Kolmane
Stars: Ruta Kronberga, Elina Vane, Arturs Skrastins
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Set in Riga, the capital of Latvia, the film tells a tragic love story before and during the Soviet invasion of Latvia in 1940 and the early stages of World War II.

Director: Aigars Grauba
Stars: Uldis Dumpis, Gundars Abolins, Maija Apine
Swingers I (2016)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A light comedy about building relationships - with passion and funny misunderstandings. All characters of this movie are in desire for flirt - be it a swinger's party or sudden encounter of beautiful stranger on the balcony.

Director: Andrejs Ekis
Stars: Intars Resetins, Kristine Nevarauska, Elina Vane
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

On his deathbed, the reigning king bestows power to an unexpected heir who must find strength within himself to unite his people against the violent crusades which threaten their freedom.

Director: Aigars Grauba
Stars: Edvin Endre, James Bloor, Dainis Grube
Nearby (2019)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Louise and Kaspars meet on a trip to celebrate Midsummer's Eve. They're both running away from their lives; they're young, talented, and lost, and the trip turns into a shared journey through a relationship over the course of 3 years.

Director: Alise Zarina
Stars: Anta Aizupe, Aris Matesovics, Amelija Aboltina
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Janis Reinis Janis Reinis ... Martin
Elita Klavina Elita Klavina ... Elza
Girts Krumins Girts Krumins ... Pavel Bermont
Romualds Ancans ... General Golc
Girts Kesteris Girts Kesteris ... Arnolds
Andris Keiss Andris Keiss ... Ernests Savickis
Vilis Daudzins Vilis Daudzins ... Paulis
Arturs Skrastins Arturs Skrastins ... Jekabs
Kestutis Stasys Jakstas Kestutis Stasys Jakstas ... President Karlis Ulmanis (as Kestutis Jakstas)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gundars Abolins ... Pavel Bermont (voice)
Ainars Ancevskis Ainars Ancevskis
Uldis Anze Uldis Anze
Enriko Avots Enriko Avots ... Postman
Juris Bartkevics Juris Bartkevics
Indra Brike ... Countess
Edit

Storyline

The film dramatizes November 11, 1919- a crucial date in the battle for Latvian independence. A year after the end of the official hostilities of WWI, a renegade German general and troops remain outside the Latvian capital. Latvian riflemen, most of them inexperienced volunteers, somehow managed to defeat a larger, better-armed force of German and Russian mercenaries. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Latvia

Language:

Latvian | German | Russian | French | English

Release Date:

March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Siege of Empires See more »

Filming Locations:

Cinevilla, Slampe, Latvia See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

LVL2,197,496 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$155,412
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Latvia's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

Goofs

Latvian army is seen moving across Daugava in boats. Actually, in that year and time, the Daugava river was already frozen. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Brilliant movie in context of Latvian cinema!
11 November 2007 | by rusher-5See all my reviews

Of course, the movie wasn't perfect. Movies seldom are. Some special effects weren't as good as in big budget Hollywood blockbusters but they were pretty impressive considering 4 million dollar budget this film had (i think many will wonder how it's possible for 4 million only). Also i liked the fact that the main characters weren't some kind of Rembo who kills everything and everywhere around. It was clearly seen that these guys were ordinary Latvian people who made their own contribution as they could make Latvia happen. Love story (stories) weren't too cheesy also and overall the movie was pretty believable. Of course, as always there will be some who will shout against historical imprecision but in that case if all would be true to the facts, movie would be far from being so close emotionally to viewers. Also i liked the fact that the grand battle wasn't the most emotional moment in this movie and wasn't going on for a half an hour as often in foreign movies. Main emotional moment was the last scene in my opinion. You should see it, Latvians and foreigners too because everybody knows the story behind Troy, King Arthur or Pearl Harbor but this story is unknown to foreign people, story about little nation struggling to keep its newly gained independence after 700 years under foreign rulers.


93 of 119 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed