9th Company

September 29th, 2005


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Young Soviet Army recruits are stuck in the bloody war in Afghanistan, that was started by politicians.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 7.2/10 (8,276 voted)

Director: Fyodor Bondarchuk

Stars: Artur Smolyaninov, Aleksey Chadov, Konstantin Kryukov

The film is based on a true story of the 9th company during the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan in the 1980's. Young Soviet Army recruits are sent from a boot camp into the middle of the war in Afghanistan. The action is not like a boot camp at all. It is very bloody and dirty. The 9th company is defending the hill 3234. They are hopelessly calling for help.

Writers: Yuriy Korotkov, Iskander Galiyev

Artur Smolyaninov - Lyutyy
Aleksey Chadov - Vorobey
Konstantin Kryukov - Dzhokonda
Ivan Kokorin - Chugun
Mikhail Evlanov - Ryaba
Artyom Mikhalkov - Stas
Soslan Fidarov - Pinochet
Ivan Nikolaev - Seryy
Mikhail Porechenkov - Dygalo
Fyodor Bondarchuk - Khokhol
Dmitriy Mukhamadeev - Afanasiy
Irina Rakhmanova - Belosnezhka
Amadu Mamadakov - Kurbashi
Aleksandr Shein - Patefon (as Aleksandr Sheyn)
Aleksey Kravchenko - Kapitan Bystrov

Taglines: They Wanted To Be Loved


Official Website: Official site [Russia] | Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 29 September 2005

Filming Locations: Crimea, Ukraine

Box Office Details

Budget: $9,500,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: RUR 143,529,579 (Russia) (2 October 2005)

Gross: $355,720 (Finland) (30 March 2006)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Presidents of Ukraine and Uzbekistan extended their patronage over the production of the film.

[from trailer]
Hohol: This is war! They don't put low grades here! They kill!

User Review

Common war movie, but still somehow unique

Rating: 8/10

Yes, we have all seen a lot of those movies that focus on soldiers in the battle, their bravery, weaknesses, breakdowns etc. Those films are always end up in a way that let's us know once again, how pointless is war and how it has its impact to every single life separately. This movie is not an exception in overall point of view. It has quite a same morale.

But few things make it still unique and are the reason to rate it a bit higher than just average.

At first reality. Not historically, but people in the movie are much more real than in Hollywood movie. It seems that only Russian actors can let the public see the soul of Russian people and soldiers. I'm not Russian myself, but I've met a lot of them and this is just the unique thing they call "Russkaja dusha" (Russian soul). Russians have very hot temper, they can blaze up in a second and start the fight, but they never let it damage their friendship.

Second dose of realism: people in war. I mean especially Dygalo was a very realistic character. When I was serving my time in Estonian army I met an officer who was also veteran of Afganistan war. And believe me, he was quite a copy of Dygalo. It is hard to understand, how real war experience could leave such a trace in human mind, but now when I saw Praporshik Dygalo in that movie, I noticed a huge similarity between Dygalo and that officer and I instantly understood that this is the real thing, this is exactly how war affected those soldiers. And the fact this film has managed to take it to public so real, gives it a great bonus.

And last, but not least: Russian language in a movie that also really sounds as Russian language. I'm always laughing about the episodes in Hollywood movies that should include Russian army or characters and I have to say that Russian language in Hollywood movies is more than ridiculous, therefore I'm quite happy that this film was made in Russian. By the way, Russian is considered to have the most developed vocabulary in swearing and as this is war movie and those guys are pretty rough as well, it sounds much better and more real in Russian. Translation usually manages to lost at least half of the meaning.

In conclusion: yes, I would recommend this movie to everybody. Although it shares the same morale than other war movies, it's still somehow unique and especially Americans could take a look and compare it to Hollywood stuff.