Genre: war drama
Country of production: Russia
Year of release: 2005
Running time: 139’
Production companies: Non-Stop Production, Slovo, Art Pictures Group, TV channel CTC, Ukrainian Media Group, TV Channel 1+1, MRP Matila Rohr Productions Oy (Finland)
Producers: Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, Elena Yatsura
Co-producer: Fedor Bondarchuk
Director: Fedor Bondarchuk
Screenwriter: Yury Korotkov
Director of photography: Maxim Osadchiy R.G.C.
Cast: Artur Smolyaninov, Alexey Chadov, Konstantin Krukov, Ivan Kokorin, Mikhail Porechenkov, Artem Mikhalkov, Irina Rakhmanova, Fedor Bondarchuk
The film is based on a true story of the 9th company during the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan in the 1980’s. Young Soviet Army recruits are sent from a boot camp into the middle of the war in Afghanistan. The action is not like a boot camp at all. It is very bloody and dirty. The 9th company is defending the hill 3234. They are hopelessly calling for help.