In December 1942, during the Second World War, the soldiers of a Red Army anti-tank gun battery face the onslaught of General von Manstein's armored divisions trying to relieve the besieged 6th Army in Stalingrad. Eventually only seven of them survive, but German tank breakthrough is stopped, and in the final episode General Lieutenant Bessonov (Georgiy Zhzhonov) awards each of the survivors with the Order of Red Banner saying: "Thank you for tanks knocked out. That's all I can do...".
The film is an adaptation of Yuri Bondarev's eponymous 1969 novel, which was itself based on Bondarev's own wartime experience as a battery commander in Stalingrad.
Hot Snow was viewed by 22.9 million people, but failed to secure any nominations or awards.
Yuri Nazarov as Sergeant Ukhanov
Boris Tokarev as Lieutenant Kuznetsov
Anatoly Kuznetsov as Vesnin
Georgiy Zhzhonov as General Bessonov
Vadim Spiridonov as Colonel Deev
Igor Ledogorov as Osin, Colonel, Chief of Counterintelligence