100 Days Before The Command (1991)


100 Days Before the Command (Russian: Сто дней до приказа, translit. Sto dney do prikaza) is a 1990 drama film by Hussein Erkenov.


Made in the final months of the Soviet Union, the film follows three young Red Army recruits, Zyrin, Belikov and Elin. The film has no narrative structure and rather than telling a story uses vignettes to show the conditions in which Soviet army recruits lived.


  • Vladimir Zamansky as The Unknown Man.
  • Armen Dzhigarkhanyan as Brigade Commander.
  • Oleg Vasilkov as Elin.
  • Roman Grekov as Zub.
  • Valeriy Troshin as Kudrin.
  • Aleksandr Chislov as Zyrin.
  • Mikhail Solomatin as Belikov.
  • Sergey Romantsov as Titarenko.
  • Sergey Bystritsky as Senior Lieutenant.
  • Elena Kondulainen as Death.
  • Oleg Khusainov as Angel.
  • Sergey Semyonov as Captain.
  • Maria Politseymako as woman in the field.
  • Vadim Piyankov as lance-corporal.


  • The film broke the taboo against depicting homosexuality on screen for Russian films.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Hussein Erkenov.
  • Producer(s): Aleksandr Zosimenko.
  • Writer(s): Vladimir Kholodov and Yuri Polyakov.
  • Music:
  • Cinematography: Vladislav Menshikov.
  • Editor(s): Galina Dmitriyeva and Vladimir Portnov.
  • Production: Gorky Films Studios, Goskino, and Mir.
  • Distributor(s): Peccadillo Films (UK, 2002) and Water Bearer Films (2002, US).
  • Release Date: February 1991 (Soviet Union) and 21 February 1994 (Berlin International Film Festival).
  • Running Time: 67 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: Soviet Union.
  • Language: Russian.

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