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SS Panzer Division uses T-34 manned by Soviet POWs as a target in their training field, but the prisoners plot a daring maneuver. SS Panzer Division uses T-34 manned by Soviet POWs as a target in their training field, but the prisoners plot a daring maneuver. SS Panzer Division uses T-34 manned by Soviet POWs as a target in their training field, but the prisoners plot a daring maneuver.
- Aleksey Sidorov
- Alexander Petrov
- Irina Starshenbaum
- Viktor Dobronravov
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- 6 wins & 10 nominations
- Nikolay Ivushkin
- Anya Yartseva
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- Trivia In the movie several tanks were filmed, including the real T-34 which was taken down during WWII. To prepare for the film, the tank was restored, including repair of the engine which was brought up to combat status. Also, the 1941 wintertime camouflage was recreated (nicknamed the "winter forest").
- Goofs The first scene in the concentration camp SIII in Ohrdruf, Thuringia takes place in the Summer of 1944. The camp was opened 6th November 1944.
[after the T-34 crashes through the Nazi officers' car park]
Ionov : What was that?
Demyan Volchok : Expensive German cars!
Stepan Vasilyonok : They were!
- Crazy credits The closing credits say "Dedicated to the tank heroes of the great fatherland war, the fallen and unknown, the ones killed in the fight and those who returned home".
- Connections Featured in Evening Urgant: Alla Sigalova/Konstantin Ernst/Irina Pegova/Viktor Dobronravov/Alexander Petrov (2018)
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- Jun 28, 2019
- January 1, 2019 (Russia)
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- $10,000,000 (estimated)
- Runtime 2 hours 19 minutes
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Fast And Furious On Tanks
In 1944, a courageous group of Russian soldiers managed to escape from German captivity in a half-destroyed legendary T-34 tank. Those were the times of unforgettable bravery, fierce fighting, unbreakable love, and legendary miracles.
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Film Review: “T-34” (2018) ★★★
As someone who grew up watching Russian Cinema especially filmed during the times of the Soviet Union, I can see the differences between now and then and its context. Of course, war drama is a difficult subject to tackle. Knowing the ways of the Russian Cinema and their language, it is easy to recognize how neutral, objective, or subjective they are. Luckily, with “T-34”, it had few moments where I could tell, sure, this or that is too much but all of it was on an acceptable level to not interfere with what the film tried to convey. In that sense alone, it worked, to my great surprise.
T-34 is a World War-II era Soviet Medium tank used during the invasion of the Soviets. The same tank was used by Nikolay Ivushkin (Alexander Petrov), a tank commander who, after his short encounter with the Nazis, gets captured and is held in captivity for three years. 3 years later, at the German concentration camp, he was asked by Jäger (Vinzenz Kiefer), whose intention is to recruit a tank crew, asks Nikolay to fix the damaged T-34 and help train his crew for tank combat. Under great pressure, Nikolay agrees, however, he’s carrying a plan In his mind to escape.
The film itself is colorful, engaging, and never boring. Performance wise, if you don’t speak the Russian language and have to read the subtitles only, then you should be fine. However, for a native speaker, it’s a bit difficult to process the performances, as in certain scenes there is a lack of confidence in actors which is too noticeable to ignore. However, with T-34, it is more like an action that does not require much acting abilities, this is why this fact should not make you distance yourself from watching it.
T-34 as a whole has a great story. It’s remarkable seeing how one man tries and even outsmarts the Nazi officers in order to pull off his escape plan from the concentration camp and safely reach Moscow. From the historical point of view, there is a bit of exaggeration but that is unavoidable in the cinematic world. Some slow-motion scenes were a bit too much to process but the point of it, of course, is understandable – to capture little details that do not really add much significance to the outcome. In short, the film directed by Aleksey Sidorov is a decent war drama that certainly must be seen. But there is no need to leave everything aside and run the nearest cinema. It’s good enough to watch it at home with friends as it has some impressive scenes that deserve to be seen by more than just a few.
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Russian war film 'T-34' gets positive reviews from Chinese netizens
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Movie review: ‘T-34’
‘T-34’ ( 2019; 139 minutes; rated TV-14; directed by Aleksey Sidorov and starring Alexander Petrov, Irina Starshenbaum and Viktor Dobronravov )
A WWII FILM WITH ALL THE STEREOTYPES, BUT WATCHABLE
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Oh, also, the actors do a quite acceptable job despite the voice dubbing and how the film staggers to a silly, contrived end. The fact that it shows nothing but heroism by the Russians isn’t anything new to war films and filmmaking of war stories.
So, “ T-34 ’s” major shortcoming is for falling into the trap of committing the sin of every war stereotype save one: You don’t have the soldiers delivering a baby in a tank (such as in “ The Big Red One ” – click here for my review ), but I suppose that just didn’t occur to the filmmakers, since they committed every other stereotypical sin from the honorable officer commanding the crew to improbable and impossible circumstance throughout the second half of the film.
You won’t recognize any of the actors in “ T-34 ,” but the four co-stars are worthy of working in Hollywood at any time. Well, unfortunately for them, that’s not saying much with the dreck shoveled out by Hollywood as I write this review. Still, the four main actors do a job worthy of praise in the context of a dubbed film and I’d enjoy seeing any one of them in another flick, whether dubbed or otherwise.
In short, “ T-34 ” is the story of a tough, intelligent Russian tank commander in World War II. As the film opens in 1941, he is assigned to a T-34/76 tank (with the original T-34 turret shape; not the 1943 version that you see in so many newsreels). He and his tank take up an ambush of the Nazis as the German army approaches Moscow in 1941. While the crew’s handling of their T-34/76 tank and its stoic, heroic commander show valor in their battle against a larger force, they finally lose against the odds and the movie picks up three years later in a concentration camp.
… sigh … stereotypes abound, even in foreign films …
… and, of course, it all doesn’t work out as well as the Germans had planned.
By the end of “ T-34 ,” you’ll see all the best of John Wayne westerns with the good guy versus the bad guy in a gunfight (OK, cannonfight), but with Sam Peckinpah’s dark touch. At a key moment when the two tank commanders square off in their individual tanks, the Nazi literally throws down a glove as a challenge. Wow. The sappy stereotype doesn’t get any thicker or the analogy any clearer.
Here’s a look at the four main players in the film …
- Alexander Petrov plays “Jr. Lt. Nicolay Ivuskin” and he’s the tough, regimented tank commander. Petrov gives an energetic effort and his only flaw is that he doesn’t have all the range of emotions necessary to have made this character great. However, that’s basically a minor criticism of a wonderful performance and you’d be hard-pressed to have found a different actor to do the same in the role. I hope Petrov’s footprint in film in the West expands with this movie.
- With the good guy defined, you need a villain and you have Vinzenz Kiefer as “SS-Standartenführer Klaus Jäger.” Kiefer’s effort in this one nearly matches the one by Petrov. He has the part of a cruel, calculating SS officer down cold and manages to make “Jäger” memorable, but he doesn’t manage to elevate it any further. Kiefer does the good SS tank commander well and he is part of the best-acted scene of the film. Like Petrov, you’ve probably not seen any his work as an actor.
- In the end, you find that the best acting is accomplished by Irina Starshenbaum as “Anya Yartseva.” She plays the interpreter in the concentration camp and does a superlative performance. The obsequiousness necessary from a captive in a camp just permeates the character and you know she managed to immerse herself in the character. As Starshenbaum move through the film, her character gains strength and she becomes the love interest of Petrov. Here’s a role that should be at the top of her CV and Hollywood should be beating down her door right now.
- Viktor Dobronravov gives a really nice performance as tank driver “Stepan Vasilyonok.” He comes to embody the persona of a tank driver and just oozes the character at every turn. Here is a case of a filmmaker who manages to make sure that a character has the best amount of time on-screen: Enough to make a mark, but not that the character gets run into the ground. Dobronravov is very, very solid in this movie.
*** SPOILER ALERT ***
The best scene in the film is at the end with the crippled Panther tank about to topple off a bridge to its final demise. Kiefer is wounded and half out of his turret’s rear escape hatch. The victorious Petrov reaches out his hand to save the vanquished as the tank begins to creak over the side of the bridge.
It is a scene worthy of praise in any war film and the two actors do a marvelous job.
*** END SPOILER ALERT ***
No matter all the flaws, here’s a war film worthy of your time and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Just as “ Fury ” from the U.S. about a WWII tough tank commander committed many of the same sins, “ T-34 ” is the same: totally watchable. But neither can ever be elevated to greatness in the pantheon of war films from “ The Guns of Navarone ” to “ Battle of the Bulge ” to “ Midway ” to “ A Bridge Too Far ” or to the pinnacle reached by “ Saving Private Ryan .”
In “ T-34 ,” the tankmen take the high road, but history shows that the Communists took on that road on exceptionally rare occasions and for five men just escaped from a concentration camp, that would have hardly been such their attitude.
Since there are operating restored tanks as shown in the film, I’m not sure what’s CGI (other than the shells fired by individual tanks) and what’s real. The German Panthers appear to be Russian tanks modified to look like a Mark V (just as T-34/85 s were dressed up to appear as “Tigers” in “ Kelly’s Heroes ” with Clint Eastwood – click here for my review ). That’s how good the special effects are for the film.
“ T-34 ” wasn’t ranked at the U.S. box office because it was released here in 2019 on disk and not any theater. The film was first released in Russia in December 2018 in limited showings and then across that country in early 2019. So, since it arrived in the U.S. on disk in 2019, I’m classifying it as 2019 film for this blog (although most sources say it was released in 2018). Here are the other films from 2019 that I’ve reviewed for my blog:
- “ Ford v Ferrari ” (great drama) – click here for my review
- “ Good Boys ” (mediocre R-comedy) – click here for my review
- “ Jumanji: The Next Level ” (another solid sequel) – Click here for my review
- “ Knives Out ” (waste of talent) – click here for my review
- “ Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood ” (great Tarantino) – click here for my review
- “ Zombieland: Double Tap ” (excellent sequel) – click here for my review
Assorted cast and film notes (via IMDb.com ):
- Historical accounts do not show that a Russian tank crew ever escaped from Germany, but some Russian airmen reportedly escaped via a German aircraft and this story has been told through Russian cinema, too.
- Directly from IMDb.com : “Director and scriptwriter Aleksey Sidorov set the task ‘to tell the story of the war in such a way as to captivate the young and not cause controversy among those who still keep the Great Patriotic War in their memory.’” This comment is amusing since the story is told exactly as the Communists would portray the heroism of the Russian soldiers with the exception that if such Soviet tankmen did escape, they would have most likely been executed for being captured in the first place and then being with the Germans for so many years.
- Media in Russia called the film “The Fast and the Furious” on tanks.
- Finally and directly from IMDb.com : “In the movie several tanks were filmed, including the real T-34 which was taken down during WWII. To prepare for the film, the tank was restored, including repair of the engine which was brought up to combat status. Also, the 1941 wintertime camouflage was recreated (nicknamed the ‘winter forest’).”
- Click here for IMDb.com’s trivia page about the film (there’s not much) …
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This is a wonderful story, and emotional journey for everyone who've had to endure the war. The film even has room for a romance interested, and it works pretty
Really enjoyed this movie. A good story and full of action. What makes this movie special was, the slow motion scenes of how the tanks fired to each other
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In 1944, a courageous group of Russian soldiers managed to escape from German captivity in a half-destroyed legendary T-34 tank.
This is probably the most recent film that focuses significantly on armored vehicle combat. Some may call it the Russian "Fury". That's not a bad comparison
Totally engaging war epic. ... Engaging story of a Soviet tank crew in a German POW camp and their escape to Soviet Union. Heroic portrayal of the Soviet soldiers
T-34 as a whole has a great story. It's remarkable seeing how one man tries and even outsmarts the Nazi officers in order to pull off his escape
The creators do not pretend that the T-34 is a picture of real events, at its core it is «a pure fantasy adapted for teenagers». The critic notes the schematic
The movie has a 7.5/10 on major Chinese media review site Douban from among more than 20,000 reviews and a 9.2/10 on Chinese ticketing platform
“T-34” is as accurate to the tanks and combat of WWII as most movies you'll find and it poses and interesting, yet implausible, storyline (ding!