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Director  Konstantin Lopushansky
Music director  Alexander Zhurbin
Language  Russian
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Genre  Drama, Sci-Fi
Country  Soviet Union
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Writer  Konstantin Lopushansky, Vyacheslav Rybakov, Boris Strugatsky
Release date  16 September 1987 (Toronto Film Festival)
Initial release  September 1986 (Soviet Union)
Screenplay  Konstantin Lopushansky, Boris Strugatsky, Vyacheslav Rybakov
Cast  Rolan Bykov (Professor), Iosif Ryklin (Humanist), Aleksandr Sabinin, Nora Gryakalova
Similar movies  Insurgent, The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Dead man s letters

Dead Man's Letters (Russian: Письма мёртвого человека, translit. Pis'ma myortvogo cheloveka), also known as Letters from a Dead Man, is a 1986 Soviet science fiction film directed by Konstantin Lopushansky and produced by Lenfilm studios.


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Dead man s letters


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The plot is set in a town after a nuclear war, which was caused by a computer error and the failure of the operator to prevent the missile launch — he noticed the mistake, but choked on coffee and was not able to shout respective commands in time. The town is destroyed and polluted with radioactive elements. Police curfew is established in the immediate vicinity and only healthy people are selected for admittance to the underground bunkers. The main character, played by Rolan Bykov, is a Nobel Prize in Physics laureate, who tries to survive and helps a small group of children and adults survive by staying with them in the basement of the former museum of history. He survives by writing letters in his mind to his son Eric, though it is obvious that they will never be read. The main character is very disappointed that science has led to such a disaster. Many die from the radiation. He escapes the safe bunker, returning to the dying abandoned children, taking care of them for some time and giving them hope. Eventually he dies as well. The film ends with children wandering through the uninhabited landscape, their future uncertain.


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  • Rolan Bykov - Professor Larsen
  • Vatslav Dvorzhetsky - Pastor
  • Vera Mayorova - Anna
  • Vadim Lobanov
  • Viktor Mikhaylov
  • Svetlana Smirnova - Theresa
  • Vladimir Bessekernyh
  • Vyacheslav Vasiliev - doctor dosimetrist
  • Natalya Vlasova

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