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Attack on Leningrad

6.01 h 45 min2011X-Ray15
In this gritty, action-packed journey of heroism and sacrifice, a crusading journalist fights to uncover the horrors of the infamous Nazi siege of Leningrad in the savage winter of 1941 in WW2. At over 800 days, it was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history. Subtitles.
Aleksandr Buravsky
Gabriel ByrneMira SorvinoAleksandr Abdulov
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Vladimir IlyinMikhail EfremovMikhail TrukhinYevgeni SidikhinOlga SutulovaKirill LavrovArmin Mueller-StahlAlexander BeyerAleksandr FilippenkoMariya GolubkinaSergei Nikonenko
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4.0 out of 5 stars

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PaulReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 November 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a very true story the only thing that let's this movie down is the fact it is not in English and I hate reading subtitles. But it said main language English but it's not. Be aware of this . Apart from that this movie is really good I just got lost with the movie as I wasn't getting the storyline or getting pulled into the movie due to lack of feeling from the subtitles
Fatboy_FatReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 August 2016
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Attack on Leningrad - Four Stars
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On the whole this is a good film. Yes, it suffers from a host of post-production problems: bad sub-titling, technically inaccurate c.g.i. effects, a huge amount of editing, and even the expanding of the film title doesn't do it justice, and I imagine might put some people off. This is not a story about war, it is about people confronted with a situation caused by war and to what extents they will go to preserve some semblance of humanity.

The siege of Leningrad during the Second World War was probably the longest in modern history, thousands of people starved to death or were killed by the incessant bombing and shelling by the German forces, but many survived through their own ingenuity or the sacrifices of others. All these aspects are covered in the film, so I feel it is informative as well as entertaining. For me the best of it is in the acting, especially the Russian actors with who I assume most people reading this will not be familiar ; they are quite a revelation. Mira Sorvino is excellent even though, as another reviewer suggested, she might have been dubbed. Unfortunately, due to the heavy editing, we don't see or hear enough of Gabriel Byrne or Armin Mueller-Stahl for them to make enough of an impression, especially Mueller-Stahl as a member of the old-school officer class, who probably loathes the Nazis, but urges his fighter pilot son to do his duty, thus adding subtlety to the film's view of the Germans.

I'd like to give a shout-out to reviewer "iron man" for mentioning the editing down of the film,I suspect this was done purely for the English language release of the DVD, along with the unnecessary re-titling, the inadequate and illegible sub-titles, and Ms. Sorvino's dubbing.

If you like the sound of this film, it may be worth trying to find a copy of the original theatre release, but it probably won't have any sub-titles good or bad. Instead may I suggest a book: Helen Dunmore's The Siege. It is a fictional story set in Leningrad during the siege, about an extended family living together in one house and the tribulations of everyday survival.
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CiroReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 February 2016
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The problem with this film was that it was heavily edited for UK release....literally about half of the film is missing - resulting in a film with random characters, bizarre scenes that seem to make no sense and have no relevance to the story and a strange sense of something missing. It is ultimately a good film....the complete movie is great and I really rate it, but this heavily edited version only gets 3 stars.
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PresterJohnReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 October 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
needed better subtitles
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This was a film that failed to achieve its potential because the production values were so poor. White subtitles against a light background which meant they couldn't be read, was one example while poor continuity was another. Much of the romantic narrative was misplaced and unconvincing and an actor of Gabriel Byrne's status was relegated to the periphery for too much of the film. I found it a disappointment. If the budget had been available I would have expected a better editing job.
Extraordinary Gent.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 August 2011
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I bought this DVD purely 'on spec' as a result of a long interest in the Russian Front. Basically I buy anything connected with that subject which looks even vaguely interesting and is not over-priced.
In this case I was pleasantly surprised. The cover of the DVD does not do the film any justice at all with what seem to be American planes strafing the hapless city. What type of aircraft they are, or to which side they belong cannot be determined, but surely a better jacket could have been designed.

That being said this is a very worthwhile human interest story of a young woman caught up in possibly the worst siege in modern history after returning to Russia, the land of her forbears, as a journalist just before the beginning of the war only to find that she is far from welcome in the first place.
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SonscopeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 February 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good Movie Spoiled by Mira Sorvino's Dubbed Voiceover
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The actual proper original title of this movie is simply Leningrad. Why could they not have just left it alone? It depicts the hardship of Leningrad at the time quite accurately. My main disappointment with this movie was that Mira Sorvino'a voice was dubbed by a British Voiceover actress - and this was done in an obvious way, thus ruining the actress's performance. It would have been better had they just gotten an english actress in the first place. Apart from that it was a credible portrayal of the time.
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Janet RasmussenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Gripping part of history
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This is not for those who like their viewing sugar coated. However, if you are looking for a view of history not in the usual catalogue of 'war films' then this is for you. It is a graphic depiction of one of the most brutal sieges in history. The devastation caused by continual bombardment, the starvation of the citizens and the desperation some went to to stay alive is all too vividly portrayed. Put this in a background of snow, ice and freezing conditions without the means of providing heating and you will have a fairly clear idea of what you get. I recommend it for an adult audience.
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BeetleypeteReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 March 2011
2.0 out of 5 stars
Get a real war film instead
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I give this film 2 stars for the input from the Russians involved in the production. Everything else is just wrong, from the wooden lead performances, down to the CGI German 'bombers', topped off by the totally unbelievable ending. Some good actors abandoned their craft for this mish-mash. If you want to see a more accurate portrayal of the Leningrad front, get one of the many excellent documentaries on the subject. If you want a good war film set on the Russian front, get 'Stalingrad', or 'Come and See'.
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