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Movie Info

On patrol in the Caucasus mountains, Russian soldiers Vanya (Sergei Bodrov Jr.) and Sacha (Oleg Menshikov) become the prisoners of a Chechen village. Tribal leader Abdul-Murat (Jemal Sikharulidze) is willing to release the pair unharmed in exchange for his son, who is a prisoner in the custody of the Russians. After writing to their mothers with Abdul-Murat's terms, the duo are powerless to do anything but wait for an answer while getting used to life in the village.

Cast & Crew

Oleg Menshikov
Sacha Kostylin
Sergei Bodrov Jr.
Ivan (Vanya) Zhilin
Valentina Fedotova
Zhilin's Mother
Aleksei Zharkov
Maslov, the Russian Commander
Leonid Desyatnikov
Original Music
Pavel Lebeshev
Cinematographer
Alan Baril
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Critic Reviews for Prisoner of the Mountains

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Audience Reviews for Prisoner of the Mountains

  • Feb 24, 2012
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2010
    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

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