9th Company (2005)

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9th Company (2005)

139 min | Action | Drama | History | War | 29/09/2005
Rating: 7.1 / 10 from 16873 users
MPAA Rating: R
Language: Russian
Director: Fedor Bondarchuk
Creator: Iskander Galiev|Yuriy Korotkov|Artur Smolyaninov|Aleksey Chadov|Konstantin Kryukov
Actors: Artur Smolyaninov, Aleksey Chadov, Konstantin Kryukov, Ivan Kokorin, Mikhail Evlanov,
Official Website: 9th Company (Depending on the age of the movie the website may no longer be active)

They stood together while their country fell apart

Young Soviet Army recruits are stuck in the bloody war in Afghanistan, that was started by politicians.

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This is an interesting movie to watch, particularly if you are interested in seeing ‘the other side’ in a war movie. This is a young russian company in the Soviet Union era in the attempted occupation of Afghanistan. This war was to the Soviet Union what Vietnam was to the USA – an unwinnable war of attrition doomed from the outset.
It’s all beautifully photographed and lit, using a bright palette that recalls old Technicolor, and exerts a cumulative power over its 130 minutes. Nick Curtis
To a man, the movie’s impressive young Russian cast cover themselves in glory with some truly top-notch turns. Johnny Vaughan
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9th Company (2005)


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Argentina:13 | Australia:MA15+ (2011) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:16 | Netherlands:16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R

Rated R for sequences of strong bloody warfare, pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use

Iskander Galiev|Yuriy Korotkov|Artur Smolyaninov|Aleksey Chadov|Konstantin Kryukov

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Plot for 9th Company
Plot (Warning: May contain spoilers)

At a farewell ceremony in Krasnoyarsk, a band of young Soviet Army recruits is preparing for their departure to their place of military service. On arrival at their bootcamp in the Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan they meet their drill instructor, Senior Praporschik Dygalo, a seasoned, traumatized veteran of several tours in Afghanistan and a brutal trainer who treats the recruits harshly and at one time suffers a nervous breakdown. During their training, the recruits overcome their differences and build bonds. Between the training sessions, they receive lessons in operating plastic explosives (which prompts some comic relief) and how to conduct themselves in Afghanistan (underlining the vast cultural differences between Western and Afghan culture).

On their arrival at Baghram air base they greet a group of VDV troops who have fulfilled their military service and are due to return home. One of the departing soldiers gives one of the new arrivals, Lyutyi, a talisman that he claims has kept him safe through several tours and multiple firefights. Homeward bound, the departing soldier’s transport plane is hit by enemy fire from the nearby mountains and crashes, giving the new recruits their first taste of war.

Shortly thereafter, the soldiers are assigned to the 9th company, where their trainer and drill instructor, Dygalo, had previously served. The company is soon deployed to the front as part of Operation Magistral and is instructed to hold a nameless hill at all costs. After some preliminary skirmishes, the company’s position comes under sustained attack by a large number of Mujahedin fighters and is overrun. In the end, the company holds the hill until reinforcements arrive, by which time seemingly only Lyutyi is still alive.

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