They Fought for Their Country

They Fought for Their Country (Russian: Они сражались за Родину, romanized: Oni srazhalis' za Rodinu) is a 1975 Soviet war film based on the eponymous novel written by Mikhail Sholokhov and directed by Sergei Bondarchuk. It was entered into the 1975 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film is the story of a Soviet platoon fighting a rearguard action during the German drive on Stalingrad. The film was selected as the Soviet entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 49th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2]

They Fought for Their Country
Original poster by Konstantin Antonov 1975
Directed bySergei Bondarchuk
Written bySergei Bondarchuk
Mikhail Sholokhov
StarringVasily Shukshin
Vyacheslav Tikhonov
Sergei Bondarchuk
Georgi Burkov
Yuri Nikulin
Ivan Lapikov
Music byVyacheslav Ovchinnikov
CinematographyVadim Yusov
Release date
  • 22 May 1975 (1975-05-22)
Running time
137 minutes
CountrySoviet Union


See also


  1. "Festival de Cannes: They Fought for Their Country". Retrieved 29 April 2009.
  2. Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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