DirectorFedor Bondarchuk Initial DVD releaseOctober 11, 2006 (Sweden) CountryRussia
Release date29 September 2005 (2005-09-29) WriterIskander Galiev, Yuriy Korotkov Initial releaseSeptember 29, 2005 (Belarus) Music directorDato Evgenidze, Ivan Burlyaev CastAleksey Chadov (Vorobey), Konstantin Kryukov (Dzhokonda), Ivan Kokorin (Chugun), Artyom Mikhalkov (Stas), Soslan Fidarov (Pinochet), Ivan Nikolaev (Seryy) Similar moviesFedor Bondarchuk directed The 9th Company and Stalingrad, The Beast (1988), 4 Days in May (2011), Attack on Leningrad (2007), Lone Survivor (2013)
TaglineThey stood together while their country fell apart
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The 9th Company (Russian: 9 Рота) is a 2005 Russian war film directed by Fedor Bondarchuk and set during the Soviet War in Afghanistan. The film is loosely based on a real-life battle that took place at Elevation 3234 in early 1988, during the last large-scale Soviet military operation (Magistral) in Afghanistan.
At a farewell ceremony in Krasnoyarsk, a band of young Soviet Army recruits is preparing for their departure to their place of military service. On arrival at their bootcamp in the Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan they meet their drill instructor, Senior Praporschik Dygalo, a seasoned, traumatized veteran of several tours in Afghanistan and a brutal trainer who treats the recruits harshly and at one time suffers a nervous breakdown. During their training, the recruits overcome their differences and build bonds. Between the training sessions, they receive lessons in operating plastic explosives (which prompts some comic relief) and how to conduct themselves in Afghanistan (underlining the vast cultural differences between Western and Afghan culture).
On their arrival at Baghram air base they greet a group of VDV troops who have fulfilled their military service and are due to return home. One of the departing soldiers gives one of the new arrivals, Lyutyi, a talisman that he claims has kept him safe through several tours and multiple firefights. Homeward bound, the departing soldier's transport plane is hit by enemy fire from the nearby mountains and crashes, giving the new recruits their first taste of war.
Shortly thereafter, the soldiers are assigned to the 9th company, where their trainer and drill instructor, Dygalo, had previously served. The company is soon deployed to the front as part of Operation Magistral and is instructed to hold a nameless hill at all costs. After some preliminary skirmishes, the company's position comes under sustained attack by a large number of Mujahedin fighters and is overrun. In the end, the company holds the hill until reinforcements arrive, by which time seemingly only Lyutyi is still alive.
In the film, only one soldier from the company is shown to have survived unscathed and the company is said to have been "forgotten" by command because of the Soviet withdrawal. In reality, the 9th Company, 345th Independent Guards Airborne Regiment was pinned down under heavy fire on Hill 3234 from 7–8 January 1988. They managed to stop three attacks by an estimated 200-250 mujahideen. The company lost a total of 6 men. Another 28 out of the total 39 were seriously wounded. Four of the killed soldiers were posthumously awarded the golden star of the Hero of the Soviet Union. The unit was in constant communication with headquarters and received everything the regimental commander, Colonel Valery Vostrotin, could provide in terms of rations, ammunition, reinforcements, and helicopter evacuation of the wounded.
Artur Smolyaninov as Private then Sergeant Oleg Lutaev (Lyutyy)
Aleksey Chadov as Private Volodya Vorobiev (Vorobey)
Konstantin Kryukov as Private Ruslan Petrovskyy (Dzhokonda)
Ivan Kokorin as Private Chugainov (Chugun)
Mikhail Evlanov as Private Ryabokon (Ryaba)
Artyom Mikhalkov as Private Stasenko (Stas)
Soslan Fidarov as Private Bigbulatov (Pinochet)
Ivan Nikolaev as Seryy
Mikhail Porechenkov as Senior Praporschik Alexandr Dygalo
Fedor Bondarchuk as Warrant Officer Pogrebnyak (Khokhol)
Dmitriy Mukhamadeev as Sergeant Afanasiev (Afanasiy)
Irina Rakhmanova as Belosnezhka (Snow White girl)
Amadu Mamadakov as Sergeant Kurbanhaliev (Kurbashi)
Aleksandr Shein as Patefon (as Aleksandr Sheyn)
Aleksei Kravchenko as Captain Bystrov
Aleksandr Bas hirov as Pomidor
Mikhail Olegovich Yefremov as Veteran, who gives talisman
Stanislav Govorukhin as a training regiment commander
Andrey Kras ko as unknown Colonel in Afgan
Aleksandr Lykov as Major of combat engineers
Aleksey Serebryakov as Reconnaissance Captain
Oles Katsion as Mikhey
Karen Martirosyan as Ashot
Marat Gudiev as Akhmet
Denis Moshkin as 'Chernyy aist' ('the Black Stork')
Aleksandr Kucherenko as Barber
Svetlana Ivanova as Olya
Evgeniy Arutyunyan as Radioman
Mikhail Vladimirov as Tank driver
Mikhail Solodko as Military commissariat officer
The film received a mixed reaction from the veterans of that war, who pointed to a number of inaccuracies, but nevertheless, judging by ticket sales, was embraced by the general public, and even by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Although first released in 2005, and broadcast on TV in several nations, it was not released in the US until 2010 on DVD.
Brazil 29 September 2005
Belarus 29 September 2005
Kazakhstan 29 September 2005
Russia 29 September 2005
Ukraine 29 September 2005
Estonia 14 October 2005
Finland 3 March 2006
France 20 May 2006 (Cannes Film Festival)
Sweden 11 October 2006 (DVD premiere)
Poland 12 October 2006 (Warsaw International FilmFest)
Poland 20 October 2006
Philippines 3 November 2006 (Cinemanila Film Festival)
UK 16 February 2007
France 17 February 2007 (TV premiere)
Argentina 18 June 2007 (DVD premiere)
Belgium 12 September 2007
Netherlands 26 February 2008 (DVD premiere)
Germany 26 August 2008
USA 31 August 2010 (DVD and Blu-ray Disc premiere)
The film was released in September 2005 and became a Russian box office hit, generating $7.7 million in its first five days of release alone, a new domestic record.
In 2006, Russia selected the film as its candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film nomination. It was also given the Golden Eagle Award for Best Feature Film by the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts.