The Star (2002 film)

The Star (Russian: Звезда, translit. Zvezda) is a 2002 Russian film directed by Nikolai Lebedev, a large modern project of Mosfilm. It is based on a short story of the same name by Emmanuil Kazakevich, about a group of Soviet scouts working behind enemy lines during Operation Bagration in World War II. The story had previously been made into a 1953 film of the same name.

The Star
Zvezda poster.JPG
Official English language poster
Directed byNikolai Lebedev
Written byAleksandr Borodyansky
Yevgeni Grigoryev
Emmanuil G. Kazakevich (short story)
Nikolai Lebedev
Produced byKaren Shakhnazarov
CinematographyYuri Nevsky
Edited byEduard Yermolin[1]
Lidiya Milioti
Music byAleksei Rybnikov
Distributed byMosfilm
Release date
6 May 2002 (Russia)
Running time
97 minutes

Aleksei Kravchenko won a government award for his role in this film.


A team of Soviet scouts is sent behind enemy lines to find the location of the German armor forces. The Soviets wait until night, and open up with an artillery barrage. As the guns fire, the team advances. The team successfully slips behind enemy lines. Many dramatic scenes follow. In one, a German soldier is captured and interrogated. In another, the team calls an airstrike on German positions, causing great damage and casualties. One man even kills a German soldier with his pistol during the air attack. This tract of scenes finds the main characters successfully finding the location of the German armor. They are eventually cornered in a barn, with Germans attacking on all sides. During the battle, the team leader sends a radio message, telling the location of enemy armor. The team is eventually overrun and wiped out.


  • Igor Petrenkoas as Lt. Travkin
  • Artem Semakin as Pvt. Vorobiev
  • Alexei Panin as Sgt. Kostya Mamochkin
  • Alexei Kravchenko as Sgt. Anikanov
  • Anatoly Gushchin as Pvt. Bykov
  • Amadu Mamadakov as Pvt. Temdekov
  • Yury Laguta as Sgt. Brazhnikov
  • Andrei Yegorov as Capt. Andrei Barashkin
  • Ekaterina Vulichenko as Pvt. Katya Simakova


Eddie Cockrell of Variety called it "an ordnance-packed war epic" and said that it was well made and might appeal to international audiences but that "Westerners have seen this formula before in Spielberg’s opus".[1]


  1. ^ a b Cockrell, Eddie (23 July 2002). "The Star". Variety.

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