GenreDrama, History, War Music directorVyacheslav Ovchinnikov CountrySoviet Union
Release date22 May 1975 (1975-05-22) WriterSergey Bondarchuk, Mikhail Sholokhov (novel) Initial releaseMay 12, 1975 (Soviet Union) CastVasiliy Shukshin (Piotr Lopakhin), Vyacheslav Tikhonov (pvt. Nikolay Strel'tsov), Sergey Bondarchuk (pvt. Ivan Zvyagintsev), Yuriy Nikulin (pvt. Nekrasov), Georgi Burkov (pvt. Alexander Kopytovsky), Ivan Lapikov (sergeant Poprischenko) Similar moviesDirected by Sergei Bondarchuk, Historical movies, War movies
They Fought for Their Country (Russian: Они сражались за Родину, Oni srazhalis' za Rodinu) is a 1975 Soviet war film based on the eponymous novel written by Mikhail Sholokhov and directed by Sergei Bondarchuk. It was entered into the 1975 Cannes Film Festival. The film is the story of a Soviet platoon fighting a rearguard action during the German drive on Stalingrad. The film was selected as the Soviet entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 49th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.