The Cold Summer of 1953
|The Cold Summer of 1953|
Original film poster
|Directed by||Aleksandr Proshkin|
|Written by||Edgar Dubrovsky|
|Music by||Vladimir Martynov|
The Cold Summer of 1953 (Russian: Холодное лето пятьдесят третьего…, translit. Kholodnoe leto pyatdesyat tretego) is a 1988 Soviet crime film directed by Aleksandr Proshkin. It was the last film of the outstanding Russian actor Anatoly Papanov.
Summer 1953. After Stalin's death, one of his closest colleagues Lavrenty Beria announces amnesty. As a result of that, many dangerous criminals, murderers and robbers are freed from labor camps. They organise gangs and begin to rob, kill and rape.
In a small village in the north of Russia live two exiles: former military intelligence captain Sergei Basargin and former engineer Nikolai Pavlovich Starobogatov. Both are innocent, but unjustly repressed by Stalin's regime.
The village is attacked by a gang of criminals. The bandits kill the only policeman in the village and capture the entire local population hostage. To save the innocent people the former military officer and the former engineer take up arms.
- Valeriy Priyomykhov as Sergey Basargin, former military intelligence captain
- Anatoli Papanov as Nikolai Pavlovich Starobogatov, former engineer
- Viktor Stepanov as policeman Mankov, who killed by bandits
- Nina Usatova as Lydia Matveevna, mute woman
- Zoya Buryak as Lydia Matveevna's daughter
- Yury Kuznetsov as Ivan Zotov, director of trading post
- Vladimir Kashpur as Fadeich, chief of landing place
- Elizabeth Solodova as Nikolai Starobogatov's wife
- Boris Plotnikov as Nikolai Starobogatov's son
- Vladimir Golovin as professional criminal, gang leader
- Sergey Vlasov as Witek, criminal
- Andrew Dudarenko as Mikhalich, criminal
- Alexander Zavyalov as Mukha, criminal
- Alexey Kolesnik as Hook, criminal
- Viktor Kosykh as Baklan, criminal
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