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9th Company

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2005
  • Fyodor Bondarchuk
  • 133 mins
  • 15

Summary

Drama based on actual events in the late 1980s towards the end of the Soviet Union's ten-year war in Afghanistan. It follows the fortunes of a band of young recruits to the Soviet Army, from their brutal training in Uzbekistan to a bloody battle against the Mujahidin.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

On the surface, this looks like just another war film. A raggle-taggle bunch of raw recruits are brought together, trained and packed off to the nearest war zone. The difference is that 9th Company is Russian, its soldiers are Soviet and the war-torn land in which they find themselves is the Afghanistan of 1989. Keep your wits about you during the opening minutes, when a bewildering array of characters is introduced. Then just go with the flow as the "grunts" of 9th Company groan, moan and bond like soldiers everywhere and are then led off like lambs to the slaughter. It's a fine mix of character and immense battle set pieces - and a timely reminder that war is hell, wherever you are from and whatever language you speak.

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Credits

Cast

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VorobeyAlexei Chadov
LyutaevArtur Smolianinov
GiocondaKonstantin Kryukov
ChugunIvan Kokorin
StasArtem Mikhalkov
DygaloMikhail Porechenkov
KhokholFyodor Bondarchuk
RyabokonMikhail Evlanov
Snow WhiteIrina Rakhmanova

Crew

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DirectorFyodor Bondarchuk

Details

Theatrical distributor
Contender
Released on
2007-02-16
Languages
Russian
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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