Enemy At The Gates

Paramount Pictures / Mandalay Pictures Released 2001




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Movie Summary

Jean-Jacques Annaud

Set during the Second World War and featuring two snipers in a cat-and-mouse game. Vasily Zaitsev is an amazing marksman in the Red Army dead set on fending off the invading German army in the Battle of Stalingrad. Zaitsev's accomplishments are used as propaganda by commissar Danilov to rally the troops and raise the morale of all Soviets. As Zaitsev becomes a national hero, the Germans rethink their advances. When the attack sees more blood than expected, the Germans call in more troops, including Major Erwin Konig, who is renowned country-wide and the head of a German sniper school. As the Battle of Stalingrad heats up around them, Konig and Zaitsev make the fight personal. This film is a factual story that depicts the lives of some soldiers in one of the world's most influential battles in history.


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Enemy at the Gates has its deficiencies, but the first-rate cast is not among them.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Has little to occupy us once its battle scenes recede. One of those goofy movies where devil-may-care Russian soldiers unwind by playing the balalaika far into the night, it takes ...

  • 30

    Variety Derek Elley

    Shows a consistent inability to generate any kind of drama when characters open their mouths.

Jude Law

Jude Law

Vassili Zaitsev

Ed Harris

Ed Harris

Major König

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz

Tania Chernova

Joseph Fiennes

Joseph Fiennes

Commisar Danilov

Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins

Nikita Khrushchev

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (4)

    • Production Budget - $68,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $51,401,758 (50th)
      Worldwide Gross - $96,976,270 (44th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2012 - $72,107,767
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2012 - $136,040,916

    • Other production companies:
      KC Medien
      Little Bird
      MP Film Management
      Swanford Films
      UIP (non-US distributor)

    • Filming locations include:
      Babelsberg, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
      Bavaria, Germany
      Kavallerieschule Kaserne Krampnitz, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
      Museumspark Baustoffindustrie, Rüdersdorf, Brandenburg, Germany

    • Tagline:
      1. A battle between two nations became a conflict between two men.
      2. A hero never chooses his destiny. His destiny chooses him.
      3. A single bullet can change history.
      4. Some Men Are Born To Be Heroes.


More Info About This Movie


extraordinary situations, tale of revenge, moral dilemmas, life vs. death, bloody and violent