The Dawns Here Are Quiet

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The Dawns Here Are Quiet
(А зори здесь тихие)
A zori zdes tikhie poster.jpg
Directed by Stanislav Rostotsky
Written by Stanislav Rostotsky, Boris Vasilyev
Starring Yelena Drapeko
Yekaterina Markova
Olga Ostroumova
Irina Shevchuk
Irina Dolganova
Andrei Martynov
Lyudmila Zajtseva
Release dates
  • 1972 (1972)
Running time
188 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The Dawns Here Are Quiet (Russian: А зори здесь тихие, translit. A zori zdes tikhie) is a 1972 Soviet film directed by Stanislav Rostotsky based on Boris Vasilyev's novel of the same name. The film was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.


The film is set in Karelia (near Finland) in 1942 during World War II and was filmed near Ruskeala. Senior Sergeant Vaskov is stationed with a group of young female anti-aircraft gunners in a railway station far from the front line. Vaskov is not used to these gunners' active, playful personalities and therefore clashes with them over daily issues. But Vaskov, being the only man in the village, has to accommodate them in many cases.

One day, two German paratroopers appear in the forest nearby. Thinking that they may sabotage military facilities, Vaskov and five of the women attempt to stop the Germans. They pick a perfect defense position, only to find that there are sixteen paratroopers instead of two. Though outgunned and outnumbered, Vaskov decides to hold the Germans for as long as possible. He also sends one of his soldiers out for reinforcements, but while she is trudging through a swamp, she drowns in a quagmire. Vaskov and the remaining four fight the Germans. All four women are killed in action. Vaskov is also seriously wounded and finds the drowned soldier's clothes near the swamp. The desperate Vaskov, armed only with knife, one-rounded Nagant and deactivated hand-grenade, attacks the cabin where the Germans are resting. The Germans are totally surprised and are either killed or captured. Meanwhile, reinforcements find Vaskov before he passes out.

Twenty years after the war ends, Vaskov visits the place again with the adopted son of one of the women.



The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1972.[1]

DVD release[edit]

The 2004 Ruscico release includes a documentary, "Women's War". Interviewed are actresses Irina Shevchuk, Yelena Drapeko, and Yekaterina Markova.

Related media[edit]

  • The book has been made into another Russian movie in 2015 directed by Renat Davletyarov
  • This film had been re-made in Tamil as Peranmai, starring Jayam Ravi
  • The book was filmed the Chinese TV series in 2005 directed by Mao Weining

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The 45th Academy Awards (1973) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-11-30. 

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