- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 11 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 13, 2014
- Originally Released: 2013
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Russian
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Total Film - 02/17/2014
3 stars out of 5 -- "Fedor Bondarchuk's film loosely retells the true story of Pavlov's House: a single platoon that managed to hold a building, 300-style, for a year against waves of Nazis."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/03/2014
"The movie is a rah-rah tribute to the scrappy comrades who fought the Nazis in what became one of the bloodiest battles in history."
RogerEbert.com - 02/28/2014
"[I]t's worth seeing...largely because of the explicitly Russian qualities its sustains."
The bloodiest battle in the history of modern warfare serves as the focus of this sweeping war film from director Fyodor Bondarchuk (9TH COMPANY, OBITAEMIY OSTROV). The year is 1942: The German army has devastated the city of Stalingrad in the Soviet Union, prompting a band of brave Russian soldiers to make their last stand in a strategic building on the bank of the Volga. When the cornered soldiers encounter a pair of Russian women who failed to flee before the German assault, an unlikely romance emerges against the backdrop of the defining battle that will ultimately become a crucial victory for the Allied forces -- but not before five months of ferocious fighting. Thomas Kretschmann, Petr Federov, and Yanina Studilina star.