They Fought for Their Country (1975)


They Fought for Their Country (1975)
Oni srazhalis za rodinu (original title)

In July 1942, in the Second World War, the rearguard of the Red army protects the bridgehead of the Don River against the German army while the retreating soviet troops cross the bridge. While they move back to the Russian territory through the countryside, the soldiers show their companionship, sentiments, fears and heroism to defend their motherland.
Soviet Union
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Director Sergey Bondarchuk
Writer Sergey Bondarchuk
Writer Mikhail Sholokhov
Release Date1975-05-12
Runtime2h 17mins
GenreDrama, War
Content Rating
Awards3 nominations.
CompanyMosfilm, Pervoe Tvorcheskoe Obedinenie
CountrySoviet Union
Pyotr Lopakhin
Nikolay Streltsov
Ivan Zvyagintsev
Aleksandr Kopytovskij
starshina Poprischenko
Lieutenant Goloshchyokov
eferytor Kochetygov
ryadovoy Nikiforov
povar Petro Lisichenko
Natalya Stepanovna
Staraya kazachka
Polkovoy vrach

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. 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.


  • Vasily Shukshin as Piotr Lopakhin
  • Vyacheslav Tikhonov as private Nikolay Strel'tsov
  • Sergei Bondarchuk as private Ivan Zvyagintsev
  • Georgi Burkov as private Alexandr Kopytovskij
  • Yuri Nikulin as private Nekrasov
  • Ivan Lapikov as starshina Poprischenko
  • Nikolai Gubenko as lieutenant Goloshchekov
  • Andrei Rostotsky as gefreiter Kochetygov
  • Nikolai Volkov as private Nikiforov
  • Nikolai Shutko as cook Lisichenko
  • Yevgeni Samojlov as colonel Marchenko
  • Nonna Mordyukova as Natalya Stepanovna
  • Lidiya Fedoseyeva-Shukshina as Glasha
  • Innokenti Smoktunovsky as Doctor