Only Old Men Are Going To Battle

1 h 27 min1974ALL
Stunning WWII flying sequences as the Soviet Air Force battles the Luftwaffe. Veteran Russian pilots teach their new recruits about life, death & love. When the older men fly into battle, will the young pilots be ready to fight - and how many will return?
Leonid Bykov
Leonid BykovSergei PodgornyjSergei Ivanov
English [CC]
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Rustam Sagdullayev
Igor Lopatonok
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3.9 out of 5 stars

75 global ratings

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mentalclearReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
So if you look for good quality picture
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Ok guys, here's the truth. If you weren't born in USSR and didn't grow watching this move - you won't understand the whole depth of this movie. This is cultural thing, it's hard to comprehend. The movie was filmed in 1973. The original version was black and white. The movie is based on the true story with some changes. So if you look for good quality picture, superior sound, real WWII planes - this move is not for you. Don't waste your time. This move is about soviet people, solders and officers, their life and the ultimate sacrifice.
14 people found this helpful
Ok-naReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
The movie every Russian speaking person has in his heart
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The translation did not show all of the humor, idioms and depth of the emotions. Quotes from this movie became famous, ans still exist in Russian language.
This movie became favorite for millions of the people who went through the Great Patriotic War, and their children and grandchildren.
It was a tradition in my family to watch this movie with my parents, who were born in 1929 (Ukraine) and 1932 (Russia). This movie I know by heart, and I still watch it like a first time.
For those who came from different culture, I would probably compare this movie with "It is a wonderful life".
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double_HReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Soviet squadron battles the Nazis
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A slice-of-life profile of one squadron of Soviet airmen and women fighting the Nazi war machine. (Yes, it's true that the Russians had many successful women fighter pilots during the war.) It's kind of rough and uneven, but I did enjoy the film. Very little in the way of war footage, but that was OK. The story focuses on a veteran leader who needs to quickly train his novice flock. The stress of combat is relived by music and vodka! Subtitles.
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Kevin R. AustraReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not Much Without Subtitles
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A you would expect, this film was in Russian. Unfortunately there were no subtitles. As such, the general plot was understandable, but the dialogue is largely wasted. A majority of the aerial sequences were gun camera combat footage including images from Western Allied air attacks. The film was also colorized. Instead of enhancing the film, the addition of color gave the movie a washed out pastel color look.
Phil WReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
That being said it is a little corny but a good movie. It about a group of fighter pilots ...
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Ok this is about the Russian army. That being said it is a little corny but a good movie. It about a group of fighter pilots in WW II but you will need to watch it. If I say anymore here it will give to much away. Also I really like B movies that might effect my rating on this.
Robert Kornfeld, Jr.Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
the Red Army airforce in action - you won't see that in an American film!
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an aspect of WWII that many americcans don't know about. the sturmovics were very successful close ground support planes used against armor in the russian german war. this film is surprisingly western style in one way, that when the one time a flyer doesn't return the whole wing is sitting around for days mourning him. its very hard to picture that being realistic - I am sure that they lost people every day and that sentimentality for a single individual was private or even secret in that period for the red army. I guess that it served some soc realism purpose in the time that the film was made. still, an enjoyable change of pace from the Anglo-American version of the war that we usually see in film.
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Mihai FulgerReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting movie with some good life lessons
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Interesting movie with some good life lessons, like don't take yourself too seriously, keep a hobby, etc. I felt that some of the drama was forced, and the plot twists were quite brusque. This may be intentional, along the lines of life is short and war is tough, but I wasn't drawn into the plot emotionally.
curious readerReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Soviet movie
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I was very happy when I found this movie with English subtitles. The picture is a little bit fuzzy, but I guess it's the fault of the original that was made in the early 70-s.
The story itself and the actors' performance are great. Unfortunately, some of the humor is lost in translation.
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