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      9th Company

      R 2005 2h 19m Drama War List
      69% Tomatometer 16 Reviews 75% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Russian army recruits complete training and take their posting in late 1980s Afghanistan, where the insurgents are slowly gaining the upper hand. Read More Read Less

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      Wendy Ide Times (UK) Tells a familiar story very well, thanks to a charismatic ensemble cast and boundless ambition when it comes to the scale. Rated: 3/5 Feb 16, 2007 Full Review David Gritten Daily Telegraph (UK) It's beautifully shot and includes bravura set pieces from the front line. Unsurprisingly, it ends badly. Feb 16, 2007 Full Review Nick Curtis London Evening Standard It's all beautifully photographed and lit, using a bright palette that recalls old Technicolor, and exerts a cumulative power over its 130 minutes. Rated: 3/5 Feb 16, 2007 Full Review Sean Axmaker Seanax.com For all the grim reality of death and danger, it's mostly a paean to brotherhood, loyalty and honor in a lost cause, with a stock company of character types bonding under fire... Sep 4, 2010 Full Review Prairie Miller WBAI Radio So is the director's beef with the barefoot belligerent fundamentalist Afghans or the beefy bungling brass of the Soviet Union? Less likely any of the above, than a battle of the blockbusters showdown with Hollywood, as to whose got the bigger bull-ets. Aug 14, 2010 Full Review Edward Porter Sunday Times (UK) The characters are given life by the script and actors, while the mountainous terrain (provided by Crimea) adds novelty to the combat scenes. Rated: 3/5 Feb 19, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      dave j The movie focuses with the 9th battalion group during the time of the early 1990's as they are being trained and prepared to go to war in Afghanistan. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Like many American war movies, i.e. Heartbreak Ridge and Full Metal Jacket, where raw recruits spend the first half of the movie training and the second half battling the enemy. Friendships are forged, buddies are killed, ethics are tested. The battle scenes are impressive, from the company level to larger set pieces. This is on par with many Hollywood bigger budget war movies, and surprisingly nothing unique from the Russian perspective. Just different enemies. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Great movie that show how elite russian troops act in battle. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member A really truthful story of war which is much better than those american "we-bring-democracy-by-bombing-countries-which-have-oil' movies. This film shows the real horror of war actions and you won't regret watching it! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Excelent non English movie....Great acting, a very good story, great image....Probably if you enjoy Transformers this is not the type of movie you will enjoy. In my opinion is like Jarhed multiplied by 10 aded with 60% Saving private Ryan. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member This is maybe the best Russian made war drama in years. It is more like Full Metal Jacket in Russia with these young Russian soldiers and their struggles, through its beginnings until the battlefield in Afghanistan. Though it's more long and deep, the execution and the pacing is well written. Superb cinematography and an amazing cast gives this film a lot of credit. A must watch at least for "war movie" aficionados. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Russian army recruits complete training and take their posting in late 1980s Afghanistan, where the insurgents are slowly gaining the upper hand.
      Director
      Fedor Bondarchuk
      Producer
      Ilkka Matila, Fedor Bondarchuk, Elena Yatsura
      Screenwriter
      Yury Korotkov
      Production Co
      Art Pictures Studio, Matila Röhr Productions (MRP), Slovo, Art Pictures Group
      Rating
      R (Seq. of Strong Bloody Warfare|Pervasive Language|Drug Use|Some Sexuality/Nudity)
      Genre
      Drama, War
      Original Language
      Russian
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 9, 2018
      Runtime
      2h 19m