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Come and See (1985)

Idi i smotri (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 17 October 1985 (Hungary)
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After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet Army and experiences the horrors of World War II.

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Florya Gaishun (as A. Kravchenko)
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Glasha (as O. Mironova)
Liubomiras Laucevicius ...
Kosach (as L. Lautsyavichius)
Vladas Bagdonas ...
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Jüri Lumiste ...
German officer, a nazi fanatic
Viktor Lorents ...
(as V. Lorents)
Kazimir Rabetsky ...
(as K. Rabetsky)
Evgeniy Tilicheev ...
Gezhel, German translator (as Ye. Tilicheyev)
Aleksandr Berda ...
(as A. Berda)
G. Velts ...
German
V. Vasilyev
Igor Gnevashev ...
(as I. Gnevashev)
Vasiliy Domrachyov ...
(as V. Domrachyov)
G. Yelkin
Evgeniy Kryzhanovskiy ...
(as Ye. Kryzhanovsky)
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During WWII, a Belarusian boy is thrust into the atrocities of war, fighting with a hopelessly unequipped Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces. Witnessing scenes of abject terror and surviving horrifying situations, he loses his innocence and then his mind. Written by TheDistantPanic

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The film's literal English translation from the Russian wording "Idi i smotri" is "Go and look" but the film is more commonly known in English as "Come and See" instead. See more »

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The belted machine gun used by one of the Partisans to shoot the captured German soldiers does not eject any empty shell cases when it is fired. See more »

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Referenced in Empire of the Sun (1987) See more »

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Death, destruction and despair
25 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

There's not much one can say about this movie, besides "Be warned, it's going to hurt you - a lot". The story is simple: Byelorussia in 1943 and it's Hell on the Earth. The Nazis are fighting a no-quarter-given-or-asked war against huge Soviet partisan units, and the population is caught in between (historically the German security forces destroyed hundred of Byelorussian villages murdering most of the population in the effort to "clear" the rear of Third Panzer Army). Those who haven't been deported or killed by the Nazis are trying to join the partisans. One of them is Florya, a young boy - and in his quest to "join the fight" he get much more he had bargained for. It's a movie about an apocalyptic world (the title is taken from the Book of Revelation, a most of the movie looks like it has been filmed on another planet), but unfortunately it was all-real. The emotional centre of the movie is a lengthy sequence involving the destruction of a village, with all the sickening (but not exploitative) details shown with cold determination. There's no catharsis (this is not Schindler's List!), no hope, no redemption - even the eventual revenge against the village's destroyers become just a sad and murderous business. "Come And See" is a difficult, violent and surprisingly poetic movie, compared to which even classics like "Saving Private Ryan" (Spielberg payed a homage to this movie on SPR's beginning) or "The Thin Red Line" seems just artificial. This is the real thing!


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