Prisoner Of The Mountains


(out of 5)

Original title:  Kavkazskiy Plennik

Russian soldiers enter the Caucausus mountains on what they think will be a routine raid but end up being ambushed by Islamic separatists. Two of them are taken prisoner and installed in the home of a Chechen bigwig until such time as he is able to negotiate with their superiors: his son is in a Russian prison, and he will return the soldiers in exchange for him. While enduring this captivity, the two men find themselves developing a surprising friendship, one that arises between two people who would never have anything in common otherwise, and learn plenty about their captors as well. It’s not a film that hits very deep, and its characters aren’t particularly interesting, but it takes you somewhere and the experience is memorable. Based on a short story by Leo Tolstoy.


Russia/Kazakhstan, 1996

Directed by

Screenplay by ,Sergey Bodrov, , based on the story by

Cinematography by

Produced by Sergey Bodrov, , Boris Giller,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by , ,

Academy Awards 1996

Golden Globe Awards 1996

Toronto International Film Festival 1996

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