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Enemy at the Gates


Overview - September 1942. The German Army has advanced to the gates of Stalingrad. The Russian Army holds on desperately. It is so poorly equipped that every pair of soldiers is given a single rifle--the second man only gets the weapon when the first is cut down.  Read more...

 

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Overview

September 1942. The German Army has advanced to the gates of Stalingrad. The Russian Army holds on desperately. It is so poorly equipped that every pair of soldiers is given a single rifle--the second man only gets the weapon when the first is cut down. Trapped in no man's land between the opposing armies, Russian recruit Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law) finally acquires a rifle from Political Officer Danilov (Joseph Fiennes). Danilov is astonished when Zaitsev picks off several German officers. On their return to the Russian lines, Danilov writes about Zaitsev's exploits in the army newspaper. Zaitsev is assigned to a sniper unit. He kills more German officers and, thanks to Danilov, becomes a hero. In retaliation, the Germans bring in sharpshooter Major König (Ed Harris) from Berlin--to hunt Zaitsev. The two snipers engage in a desperate duel, as the appalling Battle of Stalingrad rages. In ENEMY AT THE GATES, director Jean-Jacques Annaud uses a palate of dull greens, blues, and greys to tell the powerful, true story of Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev. The film is distinguished by fine performances from Law, Fiennes, Rachel Weisz as a female soldier, and Bob Hoskins as Nikita Khrushchev--with Harris particularly notable as the chilly, aristocratic König.

Cast List

Jean-Jacques Annaud - French director
Rachel Weisz - British Actress, THE MUMMY (1999)
Jude Law - British Actor, WILDE (1997)
Bob Hoskins - British Actor
Ed Harris - American Actor/Director
Joseph Fiennes
James Horner - Composer, COMMANDO (1985)
Ron Perlman - Actor, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST series, HELLBOY
Alisa Tager - Executive Film Producer, ENEMY AT THE GATES (2001)
Janty Yates - Costume Designer, MIAMI VICE (2006)
Humphrey Dixon - Editor
Alain Godard
Wolf Kroeger - Production Designer
John D. Schofield - co-producer, JERRY MAGUIRE
Robert Fraisse - DOP
Noelle Boisson - Editor
William Craig - Author, ENEMY AT THE GATES (2001)

 
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  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929304493

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Big Battles
War
World War II
Theatrical Release
Russia
Battles
Nazi Germany

 
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Reviews:
"...Excellent central performances. Law proves a first-rank leading man, radiating intelligence, nobility and sex appeal..." -- 4 out of 5 stars - 04/01/2001 Total Film, p.82-3


"...Panoramic, meticulously plotted combat scenes..." - 03/23/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.73-4


"...[Harris performance has a] chilling dignity and authority..." - 04/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.45


"...Annaud's film boasts harrowing battle scenes....The film brings history to vital life..." - 04/12/2001 Rolling Stone, p.145-6


"...It's remarkable, a war story told as a chess game..." - 03/16/2001 Chicago Sun-Times, p.29


"[Law] displays a facility for projecting internal activity, a trait he shares with Ed Harris..." - 11/01/2004 Premiere, p.106

 
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