They Fought For Their Country (1975)

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      This drama is short on sensationalism and  long on characterization of WWII from the Soviet perspective – based on story by great Russian novelist Mikhail Sholokhov  and stars and is directed by the critically acclaimed (Academy Award winner) Sergei Bondarchuk.  For those fond of Bondarchuk’s War and Peace, this WWII film also stars Vyacheslav Tikhonov who played Andrei in the Tolstoy epic.

      From the IMDB (rated 7.8) description …….The film is based on the eponymous book by Mikhail Sholokhov. Action is set in Russia in July of 1942 during the Second World War. The advancing Nazi Armies are approaching Stalingrad. The Russians are exhausted and outnumbered. But in a bloody battle the invading Nazi Armies are stopped at Stalingrad.

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