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Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik) (1996)

Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik)



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In this Russian condemnation of war, two Russian soldiers are held prisoner in a Caucasian village. They mange to become friends with each other and the townspeople, but eventually they escape, killing many people. When they are recaptured, one of them dies; the other suffers a more painful and ironic fate.more
Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Arif Aliev, Boris Giller, Sergey Bodrov, Sergei Bodrov
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 1, 2003
Caravan Pictures


Jamal Sihouralidze
as Abdoul-Mourat
Jemal Sikharulidze
as Abdoul-Mourat
Alexei Jharkov
as The Captain
Dzhemal Sikharulidze
as Abdul-Mourant
Alexei Zharkov
as Maslov, the Russian ...
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Critic Reviews for Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik)

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (12)

Once our disbelief gets suspended, a spell is definitely cast.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The outcome of this movie isn't exactly Hollywood material, but it stirs thoughts and feelings that outlast all too many American studio releases.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Simple, powerful, convincing.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Lyrical and evocative, Prisoner of the Mountains represents a balanced and telling examination of the absurdity of war.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Bodrov's movie turns this barren no man's land into an extraordinary stage.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The performances that Bodrov drew from a mostly amateur cast of Muslim villagers -- most of whom have never seen running hot water, let alone a movie camera -- are alone worth the price of admission.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik)

It takes a Russian touch to make a film about war that shows compassion, brutality, hope and hopelessness, and does so with only 3 minutes of battle scenes. This movie has a deliberate pace, which makes you appreciate the film while you are thinking about what is happening. The story line is solid, and never is it unbelievable. The cinematography is beautiful. The acting well done. Nice movie.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A well deserving Best Foreign Picture Oscar winner back in 1997. Not too many pictures depicted the uprisings in Chechnya of the period and this does so well from a very personal perspective.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

I liked this movie, although it is not one I would watch over and over again. So many things went wrong, if and only if ... things would have turned out better. Loved the cast. So sad that the actor Sergei Bodrov, Jr. died in real life, he was such a good actor in this and in the other movies I saw him in.

Douglas Edward Christie

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