The Young Guard (film)

The Young Guard (Russian: Молодая гвардия, translit. Molodaya Gvardiya) is a two-part 1948 Soviet film directed by Sergei Gerasimov and based on the novel of the same title by Alexander Fadeyev.[1] In 1949 a Stalin Prize for this film was awarded to Gerasimov, cinematographer Vladimir Rapoport, and the group of leading actors.

The Young Guard
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Directed bySergei Gerasimov
Written bySergei Gerasimov
Alexander Fadeyev (novel)
StarringVladimir Ivanov
Inna Makarova
Nonna Mordyukova
Sergei Gurzo
Lyudmila Shagalova
Viktor Khokhryakov
Music byDmitri Shostakovich
CinematographyVladimir Rapoport
Release date
11 November 1948
Running time
170 minutes
CountrySoviet Union

The film was also the highest grossing Soviet film of 1948, with approximately 48,600,000 tickets sold.


The film is set in July 1942 during The Great Patriotic War. Part of the Red Army leaves the mining town Krasnodon. After that, the city gets occupied by the German troops. Enemy machines destroy their path and members of the Komsomol group are forced to return home. In response to the atrocities of the invaders, the young Komsomol members, who are former students, create an underground anti-fascist Komsomol organization Young Guard. This organization leads a covert war against the occupation forces; young men spread antifascist leaflets, free a group of Red Army prisoners, burn the German stock exchange, thus saving their countrymen from being sent to work in Germany. On the day of the Red October anniversary, the young guards hang red Soviet flags.



  1. ^ Jay Leyda (1960). Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film. George Allen & Unwin. pp. 394, 395.

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