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Political rivals, divided by a bloody war, are forced to come to terms with one another in this drama, which was adapted from Leo Tolstoy's short story "Prisoner of the Caucasus." In Chechnya, two Russian soldiers, nervous rookie Vania (Sergei Bodrov, Jr.) and hardened veteran Sasha (Oleg Menshikov), are captured by Muslim forces. Abdul-Murat (Dzhemal Sikharulidze), the leader of the village where the soldiers are held, also has a son in the war, who is being held as a prisoner of war by the Russians. Abdul-Murat demands the release of his son in exchange for sparing Vania and Sasha, and a level of understanding and respect begins to grow between the Russians and their captors. Kavkazsky Plennik, released in the U.S. as Prisoner of the Mountains, received both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations as Best Foreign Language Film of 1997. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 31, 1997

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
European Film Academy Sergei Bodrov Best Screenplay 1996 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sergei Bodrov Best Foreign Language Film 1996 Nominee

Cast

Oleg Menshikov
as Sasha
Susanna Mekhralieva
as Dina
Dzhemal Sikharulidze
as Abdul-Mourant
Valentina Fedotova
as Vanya's Mother
Alexei Zharkov
as Russian Captain
Pavel Lebeshev

Crew

Sergei Bodrov
Director
Sergei Bodrov
Producer
Sergei Bodrov
Screenwriter
Leonid Desyatnikov
Composer (Music Score)
Olga Grinshpun
Editor
Vera Kruglova
Editor
Alain Baril
Editor
Valery Kostrin
Production Designer
Vera Romanova
Costume Designer
Pavel Lebeshev
Camera Operator
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