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Directed by Aleksandr Proshkin
Music by Vladimir Martynov
Production company Mosfilm
Director Aleksandr Proshkin
Editor Yelena Mikhajlova
Written by Edgar Dubrovsky
Cinematography Boris Brozhovsky
Initial release 1987 (Soviet Union)
Music director Vladimir Martynov
Screenplay Edgar Dubrovsky
|Starring Valeriy Priyomykhov
Cast Anatoli Papanov, Valeriy Priyomykhov, Nina Usatova, Zoya Buryak, Viktor Stepanov
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The Cold Summer of 1953 (Russian: Холодное лето пятьдесят третьего…, Kholodnoe leto pyatdesyat tretego) is a 1988 Soviet crime film directed by Aleksandr Proshkin. It was the last film of the outstanding Russian actor Anatoly Papanov.
Summer 1953. After Stalin's death, one of his closest colleagues Lavrenty Beria announces amnesty. As a result of that, many dangerous criminals, murderers and robbers are freed from labor camps. They organise gangs and begin to rob, kill and rape.
In a small village in the north of Russia live two exiles: former military intelligence captain Sergei Basargin and former engineer Nikolai Pavlovich Starobogatov. Both are innocent, but unjustly repressed by Stalin's regime.
The village is attacked by a gang of criminals. The bandits kill the only policeman in the village and capture the entire local population hostage. To save the innocent people the former military officer and the former engineer take up arms.