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Enemy at the Gates

"A single bullet can change history."

R 2001-02-28 Drama 2hr 11m

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad in WWII.

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A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad in WWII.

  • Released
    2001-02-28
  • Revenue
    $96,976,270
  • Budget
    $68,000,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 11m
  • Genre
    Drama, War, History, Romance
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    Deutsch, English, Pусский
  • imdb-logo
    7.5
  • Production
    Paramount, Mandalay Pictures, KC Medien, Reperage, DOS, MP Film Management, Little Bird, Pathe, Constantin Film

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Cast

Jude Law

Jude Law

Vassili Zaitsev
Joseph Fiennes

Joseph Fiennes

Commisar Danilov
Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz

Tania Chernova
Ed Harris

Ed Harris

Major König
Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins

Nikita Khrushchev
Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman

Koulikov
Eva Mattes

Eva Mattes

Mother Filipov
Gabriel Thomson

Gabriel Thomson

Sacha Filipov
Matthias Habich

Matthias Habich

General Paulus
Alexander Schwan

Alexander Schwan

Young Vassili Zaitsev
Lenn Kudrjawizki

Lenn Kudrjawizki

Comrade in Train
Gennadi Vengerov

Gennadi Vengerov

Russian NCO
Dan van Husen

Dan van Husen

Political Officer
Sophie Rois

Sophie Rois

Ludmilla
Hans Martin Stier

Hans Martin Stier

Red Army General
Clemens Schick

Clemens Schick

German NCO
Hendrik Arnst

Hendrik Arnst

Fat Colonel
Claudius Freyer

Claudius Freyer

Aide de Camp
Dietmar Nieder

Dietmar Nieder

Blond Captain
Bernd Lambrecht

Bernd Lambrecht

Captain with Lighter
Jim Dowdall

Jim Dowdall

Stubborn Feldwebel
Maxim Kovalevski

Maxim Kovalevski

Politruk / Sniper
Peter Silbereisen

Peter Silbereisen

Sweating Officer
Markus Majowski

Markus Majowski

Stammering Officer
Gotthard Lange

Gotthard Lange

Corpse Robber
Anna Böttcher

Anna Böttcher

Female Russian Typist
Holger Handtke

Holger Handtke

Paulus' Aide de Camp
Marc Bischoff

Marc Bischoff

Stealing Photographer
Mark Zak

Mark Zak

Russian Captain at Headquarters
Thomas Petruo

Thomas Petruo

Russian Lieutenant
Dmitri Alexandrov

Dmitri Alexandrov

Comrade in Shelter
David Pagel

David Pagel

Pravda Interviewer
Galina Dobberstein

Galina Dobberstein

Izvestiya Interviewer
Igor Rozinsky

Igor Rozinsky

Krasnaya Zvezda Interviewer
Sergei Tokarev

Sergei Tokarev

Russian Reporter
Marischka Schubarth

Marischka Schubarth

Woman Plucking Eyebrows
Natalya Bondar

Natalya Bondar

Woman Officer
Dana Cebulla

Dana Cebulla

Athletic Female Sniper
Birol Ünel

Birol Ünel

Politruk
Aleksei Volodin

Aleksei Volodin

Junior Politruk
Gennadi Tselbyansky

Gennadi Tselbyansky

Senior Politruk
André Emanuel Kaminski

André Emanuel Kaminski

Russian Trench Officer
Michael Schenk

Michael Schenk

Russian Officer
Jury Cooper

Jury Cooper

Russian NCO
Manfred Witt

Manfred Witt

Russian NCO
Arslan Kodirov

Arslan Kodirov

Chechen Sniper / Sniper / Russian Officer
Axel Neumann

Axel Neumann

Gaunt German Prisoner
Keta Burowa

Keta Burowa

Female Russian Radio Operator
Toby Cockerell

Toby Cockerell

Russian Sharpshooter (uncredited)
Jürgen G.H. Hoppmann

Jürgen G.H. Hoppmann

Russian railroad worker / Polish railroad worker (uncredited)
Kay Hunsicker

Kay Hunsicker

Soldier (uncredited)
Eddy Joseph

Eddy Joseph

Voice on Tannoy (voice) (uncredited)
Martin Glyn Murray

Martin Glyn Murray

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Valentin Plătăreanu

Valentin Plătăreanu

General Schmidt (uncredited)
Thomas Rösicke

Thomas Rösicke

Russian Guard (uncredited)
Mikhail Matveev

Mikhail Matveev

Grandfather

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A Review by Wuchak 7

Written by Wuchak on 2018-06-28

***War of the rats in crumbling Stalingrad during WWII*** RELEASED IN 2001 and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, "Enemy at the Gates" take... read more

***War of the rats in crumbling Stalingrad during WWII*** RELEASED IN 2001 and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, "Enemy at the Gates" takes place in the last four months of 1942 during the pivotal Battle of Stalingrad. Russian troops are carted in by the literal trainloads as the Germans attack/bomb the city. Once the dust clears the situation settles into a more personal battle of sharpshooting wills. A lowly young Russian soldier named Vassili (Jude Law) distinguishes himself for his shooting skills and is promoted as a national hero to motivate the Russian cause. After numerous German officers are assassinated, Major König (Ed Harris), the top German sniper, is assigned to seek out and eliminate Vassili. Most WWII films take place on the Western Front whereas "Enemy" is one of only two mainline films I can think of that address the Eastern front, the other being Sam Peckinpah's underrated "Cross of Iron" (1977). Three things stuck in my mind after seeing “Enemy at the Gates” years ago: (1.) The opening sequence where the Russian troops are boated across the Volga to join the fight is extremely harrowing, not far removed from the opening D-Day invasion in “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), but different. “Enemy” is worth viewing for this sequence alone. (2.) The city-in-rubble sets with bodies strewn everywhere had a lasting impression on me as did the scurrying-like-rats-through-the-rubble warfare. (3.) Some may find this weird, but I always remembered the discreet lovemaking scene while the soldiers lain in the rubble trying to sleep. I'm not sure why this left an impression, maybe because it struck me as so real: Men & women would be drawn to one another and mate even in the worst possible scenarios. The film was based on the book "War of the Rats" by David L. Robbins and thus intentionally provokes the imagery of human rats scurrying through the debris. The cast also includes Joseph Fiennes as the political officer who elevates Vassili to hero status via his pamphlets and articles, while Rachel Weisz plays the romantic interest between the two. Ron Perlman is also on hand in a limited role as Vassili's sharpshooting comrade. As with any film based on historical events there are facts-obsessed critics who decry the lack of authenticity in this or that detail (e.g. "The zippers on the trousers aren't right, blasphemy!!"), but "Enemy" gets the gist correct and, besides, it motivates the viewer to research the actual Battle of Stalingrad. What more can you ask for? The fact is Vassili had 260 verified Nazi kills and played a key role in motivating the Russians to victory in the Battle of Stalingrad, the largest and bloodiest battle in the history of warfare (with roughly 2 million killed, wounded or captured). The movie effectively shows how the Russian combatants weren't necessarily professionally trained soldiers; many of them were peasants, workers, teachers, mailmen, farmers, etc. They knew they could die the next morning hence they celebrated (and made love) while they could. Stalingrad was one of the major turning points of World War II; from then on it was all downhill for Germany. FINAL WORD: "Enemy at the Gates" details an oft-ignored important aspect of WWII, the Eastern front. It has several memorable scenes, especially the opening crossing of the Volga and also a clever sequence involving a large shard of reflective glass. THE FILM RUNS 2 hours, 11 minutes and was shot entirely in Germany (Brandenburg and Bavaria). GRADE: B+

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A Review by Wuchak

***War of the rats in crumbling Stalingrad during WWII*** RELEASED IN 2001 and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, "Enemy at the Gates" takes place in the last four months of 1942 during the pivotal Battle of Stalingrad. Russian troops are ...

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A Review by Wuchak 7

Written by Wuchak on 2018-06-28

***War of the rats in crumbling Stalingrad during WWII*** RELEASED IN 2001 and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, "Enemy at the Gates" takes place in the last four months of 1942 during the pivotal B...

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