- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: April 30, 2002
- Originally Released: 1959
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Interviews: Grigori Chukhrai - Director 2. Vladimir Ivashov - Star 3. Zhana Prokhorenko
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2007
"Deservedly regarded as one of the finest Soviet war movies....Chukhrai stages this with a quiet, understated lyricism...."
Total Film - 03/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]inging with formal punch and emotional precision."
A lyrical interpretation of war, as seen through the eyes of a young soldier granted a temporary furlough to visit his mother. Academy Award Nominations: Best (Original) Story and Screenplay.
A touching WWII story of a reluctant young hero who, when given leave from the front, sets out to see his mother and fix up the roof of their house. On his way home he encounters odd little adventures, including a innocent romance with a homeless girl who stows away on his military train. He finally arrives home with only enough time to look at his mother before he has to turn around and go back to the front.
- Released in the U.S. by M.J.P Enterprises and Kingsley International.