Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik)
Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy Plennik) (1996)

In this unsettling Russian film, two captured Russian soldiers are engaged in a waiting game with their captors in a remote Caucasian village. Eventually the two escape, leaving a trail of bodies behind them. They are recaptured, and one of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 8, 1996
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Once our disbelief gets suspended, a spell is definitely cast.

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Andrew Ross
Salon.com

The performances that Bodrov drew from a mostly amateur cast of Muslim villagers -- most of whom have never seen running hot water, let alone a movie camera -- are alone worth the price of admission.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In its simple aim to show how war is mankind's curse, the film is effective.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The outcome of this movie isn't exactly Hollywood material, but it stirs thoughts and feelings that outlast all too many American studio releases.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A thoughtful and moving film about war.

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Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

A reminder of how revealing it can be to see classic tales through the prism of another culture.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Simple, powerful, convincing.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Lyrical and evocative, Prisoner of the Mountains represents a balanced and telling examination of the absurdity of war.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Searing drama about war and ethnic hatred.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
It takes a Russian touch to make a film about war that shows compassion, brutality, hope and hopelessness, and does so with only 3 minutes of battle scenes.… More
John Ballantine
A well deserving Best Foreign Picture Oscar winner back in 1997. Not too many pictures depicted the uprisings in Chechnya of the period and this does so well… More

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