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  • Actors: Evgenij Tsyganov, Aleksandr Sirin, Pavel Derevyanko, Andrej Merzlikin, Anatolij Kot
  • Directors: Aleksandr Kott
  • Format: NTSC, Dolby
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: RUSSIA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GNBBVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Russian troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days. The film shows the heroic defense of Brest Fortress, which has taken upon the first stroke of German fascist invaders on June 22 1941. Story describes the events of the first days of defense. The film tells about three main resistance zones, headed by the regiment commander, Pyotr Mikhailovich Gavrilov, the commissar Efim Moiseevich Fomin and the head of the 9th frontier outpost, Andrey Mitrofanovich Kizhevatov. Many years later the veteran Alexander Akimov again and again recalls the memories of the time, when he, then a 15 years old Sasha Akimov was deeply in love with beautiful Anya and suddenly found himself in the middle of the bloody events of war.

Customer Reviews

Great action sequences, and fine acting.
Bernardo G. Cavaliere
This movie truly is one of the greatest war films ever made (especially in regards to the Great Patriotic War).
Cossack Commissar
This is a real war film, where hand to hand fighting is shown up close and personal.
Tommy Dooley

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By greyrata on May 7, 2011
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I purchased this movie after previously seen it on line and really enjoyed the story line and the character development. Despite the movie being subtitled in English it has a lot of detail and for those who are historians and weapons collectors you will see an array of weapons from the Mosin-Nagant Rifles - MN 91/30, SVT 40 (sniper rifles), TT33 Tokarev Pistols, and the devotion of duty that the Soviet Army had in one of the Great Patriotic War's battles.

The garrison is surprised by an attack which was expected, but unknown when, but hold out with out food and water for several days. You will shootings, hand to hand combat with no limits on the violent graphic images of war and how up close and personal it can be.

If you like Russian cinema this is one movie you do not want to miss out on. I really enjoy it and will definitely recommend it to anyone. If you enjoyed 9th Company you will enjoy this movie.
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58 of 72 people found the following review helpful By The Mysterious Traveler on May 21, 2011
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THE BREST FORTRESS (2010) Directed by Alexander Kott. Starring lots of Russians.

The true story, told through the eyes of a young boy, of a group of Red Army soldiers who hold out for six days against the Wehrmacht during the June, 1941 invasion of Russia in the ancient fortress of Brest in Belorussia.

The film is extremely well done and acted and the only Russian film in this viewer's pretty extensive experience covering the early days of Operation Barbarossa. Usually the Russians have shied away from this period of the War and the only films out there concerning it have been in either Finnish or English. The direction and photography are very well done. The cgi is pretty good. Some of the acting is very good. The film plays very much like.......and actually lifts a scene or two from the American films WAKE ISLAND and BATAAN.

What makes the film extremely interesting........and more than a little disturbing on multiple levels is how retrograde it is regarding the Soviet Union. Before the Germans invade and similar to the American film THE NORTH STAR, Communist Russia is portrayed as literally some paradise where the sun always shines and smiling comrades dance and sing. The commissar---who in real life probably sent hundreds to torture and death---is heroic and a tower of strength. The NKVD man assigned to watch over the soldiers is a harmless happy jolly fat man who clicks his heels in the air as he walks. There is absolutely NO MENTION that the reason that the Red Army is in the fortress in the first place is because in 1939, THEY INVADED Poland and took Brest from the Poles. The portrayal of the Germans is vintage WW2 era. There is not a good one in the batch. They rape women, machine gun civilians, run over children with tanks etc etc etc.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Hughes on January 21, 2013
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This is a good movie, by any standard. If you are interested in this subject or interested in getting something from the Russian point of view then you will like this movie. I have read some rather silly and uninformed reviews of this movie - some of which gave positive star ratings, but then slag it off as propaganda, etc. I'll give these people the benefit of the doubt that they are not as familiar as I am with Soviet history, the Great Patriotic War or Russian culture in general, but this film can hardly be characterized as "communist" propaganda. Since this film is based on real events and real people each of the central characters are given a bit of an obit towards the end by the makers of the film. They do not fail to mention the repression suffered by one officer posthumously awarded the "Hero of the Soviet Union". As well they note the fact that the others received the award - not at the time, but many, many years later - post Stalin. For an American viewer that might not mean much, but to a Russian it speaks volumes. The heroism of these men in defending their fort, families and country being recognized with the order of "Hero of the Soviet Union" after Stalin's death is as good as saying "Stalin" and the Soviets threw these guys under the bus and failed to recognize them - we are making up for it now. Russians are not real show boaters or braggarts. They tend to be inscrutably subtle. That can be a little tough for some Americans to pick up on right away. Others criticized the happy scenes that opened the film - as if such happy scenes never existed in the Soviet Union, but again, if you know anything about the War or the culture at the time, you would understand that the film opens on the longest day of the year and the start of summer.Read more ›
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Hindi on April 2, 2011
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This is a great war movie. Efforts were made to use real equipment, even the German tanks looked very much like real MK.IIIs. There were no down moments, the momentum kept going. The Brest Fortress looked like the actual 1941 Fortress. Not an old "Cheesey/Goofy" Soviet era film. Not overly patriotic, naturally tells the battle from the Russian side, but again NOT a Soviel piece of propaganda. I Loved it!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ernst Wiltmann on August 7, 2011
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In the late 60's, I watched the german miniseries "AM GRUENEN STRAND DER SPREE"
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together with my Grandfather, who mentioned to me, that he was fighting there as a german officer in a position as a translater. But that was all he wanted to tell me. I couldn't get another word out of him about the battle of the brest litovsk fortress. When my Grandfather passed away in 1969, all that he revealed to me, was, that he was at first working as a translater with a lieutenants rank, later leading a company of russian ROA volunteers. And that they where sometimes fighting partisans. The insistent bugger I am, I wanted to know more. But my Grandfather just didn't want to talk about it. After reading many books about "operation barbarossa" and seeing very few movies about that battle of brest litovsk, like "am gruenen strand der spree". Which was an excellent film, acurately portraying that battle from the german side, in one of the 5 episode films.
I found the russian version incredible interesting, well acted, with awesome CGI special effects, and confirming
what I've learned so far about the battle. I also liked the angle, as seen from the point of view of the young boy.
This way, a lot of details that would not show up in a documentary would reveal a very human aspect.
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