Prisoner of the Mountains

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Released 1996

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Prisoner of the Mountains

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Director:
Sergei Bodrov
Released:
1996
Rating:
R
Prisoner of the Mountains is a 1996 Russian film directed by Sergei Bodrov and based on the Leo Tolstoy novella A Prisoner of the Caucasus. Starring Ole Menshikov, Sergei Bodrov Jr., Dzhemal Sikharulidze, and Susanna Mekhralieva, the film tells the story of two Russian soldiers who are capture by a Chechen man. He captures the soldiers in hopes of using them to barter for the release of his recently captured son. Despite their differences, the soldiers develop a close friendship. Sasha is the older and more cynical soldier who believes the path to escape is through work, while the younger more na've soldier Vanya tries to make friends with his captor. When their escape plan fails, the two must find a different way of regaining their freedom. Prisoner of the Mountains was hailed by critics and won four Nika Awards, including Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Film.

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Foreign Language, 90s, Military & War