History Film / EnemyAtTheGates

17th Sep '16 8:09:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[WorkingClassHero Proletarian Hero]]: Played straight with Vasily and invoked by Danilov and the Soviet propaganda machine. Vasily honestly wants nothing more than to work in a factory, being a foreman.


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* WorkingClassHero: Played straight with Vasily and invoked by Danilov and the Soviet propaganda machine. Vasily honestly wants nothing more than to work in a factory, being a foreman.
17th Sep '16 8:09:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* PropagandaHero: Vassily's backstory and [[FriendlySniper natural talent]] are eagerly exploited by the Russian war department, who are desperate for a way to boost morale.
18th Jun '16 9:25:52 AM CynicalBastardo
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%%* UrbanWarfare* UrbanWarfare: The film is set during the battle of Stalingrad, with the main characters fighting through the bombed out ruins of the city.


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** Vasily's rank is given as private in the film, whereas the real Vasily was a navy Chief who was given the rank of Senior Warrant Officer upon transfer to the army.
** The snow in the mouth trick from Vasily's backstory is cribbed from UsefulNotes/SimoHayha's backstory.
13th Jun '16 8:34:31 AM VampireBuddha
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* HitScan: König's "impossible shot" is literally that, since with travel time accounted for he'd have had to fire before he could even ''see'' Koulikov.
15th May '16 3:09:54 PM Morgenthaler
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2nd Mar '16 9:40:27 AM maxravenclaw
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* TruthInTelevision: Around that point in the war, running away from a battle really was punishable by death in the Soviet Union. Stalin had ordered "Not one step backwards", and the commissars followed it.
** While the opening battle scene may seem over the top, much of it is portrayed very realistically. The Germans had very nearly broken through to the Volga River and it was only through sending waves and waves of ill equipped and ill trained soldiers that the Soviets managed to hold out at all.

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* TruthInTelevision: Around that point in the war, running away from a battle really was punishable by death in the Soviet Union. Stalin had ordered "Not one step backwards", and the commissars followed it.
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While the opening battle scene may seem is over the top, much of it is portrayed very realistically. the Soviets did have to ship men and material over the river while subjected to heavy air and artillery fire. The Germans had very nearly broken through came close to taking the Volga River western bank of the river, and it was only through sending waves and waves of ill equipped and ill trained soldiers that the Soviets managed poured in men and material in the vicious urban combat to hold out at all. keep the Germans in place while they prepared their counter-offensive.
22nd Feb '16 2:13:52 AM fusilcontrafusil
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In the movie, Zaytsev (Law) is a young, slightly naive shepherd from the Urals press-ganged into serving in the Battle of Stalingrad during the German invasion of the South of Soviet Union in 1942. He barely manages to survive a futile charge at the German positions and encounters a political commissar, Danilov (Joseph Fiennes), who witnesses him expertly take out five enemy officers single-handedly with just an abandoned rifle and five bullets. Impressed by the young man's gifted marksmanship, Danilov has him reassigned to the sniper division and uses his propaganda connections to spread the story of his exploits, turning him into a hero and restoring the broken morale of the Soviet defenders. Unfortunately, the friendship between the two becomes strained when both fall in love with Tania (Creator/RachelWeisz), a beautiful young woman who crosses the paths of both, and when the Germans, themselves now increasingly demoralized thanks to the stories of Zaytsev's exploits, introduce the cold, ruthless Major König (Creator/EdHarris) into the battle. Himself a brilliant sniper, König has only one order -- kill Vasily Zaytsev.


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In the movie, Zaytsev (Law) is a young, slightly naive shepherd from the Urals press-ganged into serving in the Battle of Stalingrad during the German invasion of the South of Soviet Union in 1942. He barely manages to survive a futile charge at the German positions and encounters a political commissar, Danilov (Joseph Fiennes), (Creator/JosephFiennes), who witnesses him expertly take out five enemy officers single-handedly with just an abandoned rifle and five bullets. Impressed by the young man's gifted marksmanship, Danilov has him reassigned to the sniper division and uses his propaganda connections to spread the story of his exploits, turning him into a hero and restoring the broken morale of the Soviet defenders. Unfortunately, the friendship between the two becomes strained when both fall in love with Tania (Creator/RachelWeisz), a beautiful young woman who crosses the paths of both, and when the Germans, themselves now increasingly demoralized thanks to the stories of Zaytsev's exploits, introduce the cold, ruthless Major König (Creator/EdHarris) into the battle. Himself a brilliant sniper, König has only one order -- kill Vasily Zaytsev.

17th Feb '16 1:03:06 AM laserviking42
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** It's also debatable as to how great a sniper the real Zaystev actually was. As shown in the movie, the Soviet propaganda machine worked overtime to build him up to a god like status.


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** The real Battle of Stalingrad was far worse than portrayed, especially as Stalin refused to evacuate the civilian population believing that they would strengthen the fighting spirit of the troops.
17th Feb '16 12:56:24 AM laserviking42
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** While the opening battle scene may seem over the top, much of it is portrayed very realistically. The Germans had very nearly broken through to the Volga River and it was only through sending waves and waves of ill equipped and ill trained soldiers that the Soviets managed to hold out at all.
17th Feb '16 12:49:07 AM laserviking42
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* ThePoliticalOfficer: Several political officers are seen [[WeHaveReserves shooting anyone attempting to retreat]]. The deuteragonist Danilov was a reasonably nice person, though.

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* ThePoliticalOfficer: Several political officers are seen [[WeHaveReserves shooting anyone attempting to retreat]]. [[note]] This is actually TruthInTelevision as Stalin made it very clear that no retreat of any kind was allowed and specifically ordered the NKVD (predecessor or the KGB) to shoot anyone who retreated.[[/note]] The deuteragonist Danilov was a reasonably nice person, though.
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