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Stalker

  • Drama
  • Sci-fi
  • 1979
  • Andrei Tarkovsky
  • 154 mins
  • PG

Summary

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky could always be relied upon for visual lyricism, but the mysterious terrain traversed here - shot in muted colour by Aleksandr Knyazhinsky - is anything but picturesque. Three men undertake a gruelling trek to the "Zone", an area of forbidding wilderness that can only be crossed by "stalkers" such as Aleksander Kaidanovsky. He is hired to guide writer Anatoli Solonitsyn and professor Nikolai Grinko to the "Room", a place in which truth and innermost desire can be attained. The metaphysical discussion that follows their arrival feels somewhat mundane after what has gone before, but this chilling science-fiction drama still succeeds in provoking the viewer to question their own beliefs and values.

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Credits

Cast

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StalkerAlexander Kaidanovsky
WriterAnatoli Solonitsyn
ProfessorNikolai Grinko
Stalker's wifeAlisa Freindlikh
Stalker's daughterNatasha Abramova

Crew

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DirectorAndrei Tarkovsky

Details

Theatrical distributor
Artificial Eye
Released on
2005-03-11
Languages
Russian
Guidance
Some swearing and violence
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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