Officers (1971)


Introduction

Officers (Russian: Офицеры, romanised: Ofitsery) is a Soviet drama film, shot at the Gorky Film Studio (Central Film Studio for Children named after Maxim Gorky) in 1971 by director Vladimir Rogovoy.

Outline

Epic Soviet era masterpiece depicting the unshakable bonds of love, friendship & duty amid the horror of war. Two friends – Aleksey Trofimov and Ivan Varavva (both officers) – are in love with the same woman. Through the Russian civil war to WWII, they fight and love and die.

Cast

  • Georgi Yumatov as Aleksey Trofimov.
  • Vasily Lanovoy as Ivan Varavva.
  • Alina Pokrovskaya as Lyubov Trofimova.
  • Aleksandr Voevodin as Georgy Trofimov.
  • Vladimir Druzhnikov as Georgi Petrovich, squadron commander.
  • Yevgeny Vesnik as paramedic.
  • Valery Ryzhakov as Yury Sergeyev, Guard Captain.
  • Shamuhammed Akmuhammedov as Kerim.
  • Muza Krepkogorskaya as Anna Vasilyevna.

Release

  • Soviet Screen Award – best actor (Vasily Lanovoy).
  • Prize and diploma of the Czechoslovak Workers Film Festival.

Trivia

  • Attracted approximately 53.4 million viewers at the box office.
  • In the scene where after the return of Alexis from Spain, his wife sees a trace of injury on the back.
    • The injury is real – Yumatov was wounded during World War II.
  • The initiator of the film was the then Defence Minister of the USSR Andrei Grechko.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Vladimir Rogovoy.
  • Producer(s):
    • Georgiy Fedyanin … producer.
    • Iryna Kordiuk … assistant producer (colorised version).
    • Nina Podolska … assistant producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Kirill Rapoport.
    • Boris Vasilev.
  • Music:
    • Rafail Khozak.
  • Cinematography:
    • Mikhail Kirillov.
  • Editor(s):
    • Vera Biryukova … (as V. Biryukova).
    • Alla Gerber.
    • A. Ovcharova.
  • Production:
    • Kinostudiya imeni M. Gorkogo.
  • Distributor(s):
    • New Star (2020) (Greece) (theatrical).
    • Grading Dimension Pictures (2010) (World-wide) (all media).
  • Release Date: 26 July 1971 (Soviet Union).
  • Rating: G.
  • Running Time: 96 minutes.
  • Country: Soviet Union.
  • Language: Russian.

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