History Film / EnemyAtTheGates

2nd Mar '17 10:22:30 PM TheFuzzinator
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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. Tania and the other women soldiers are just as filthy and unkempt as the men.
1st Mar '17 5:14:22 AM Rmpdc
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* PrettyLittleHeadshots: There is no way that a rifle of that caliber would create a small hole in someone's head and nothing more.

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* PrettyLittleHeadshots: There is no way that a rifle German or Soviet rifles of that caliber those calibers would create a small hole in someone's head and nothing more.
1st Mar '17 5:08:05 AM Rmpdc
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%%* BattleCouple: Two of the snipers working with Zaytsev early in the film. [[WarIsHell They both die soon after being introduced.]]

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%%* * BattleCouple: Two of the snipers working with Zaytsev early in the film. [[WarIsHell They both die soon after being introduced.]]]]
** Tanya and Vasily themselves become this later on. This is especially evident during one encounter with Major Konig, as she manages to help him defeat the Major (non-lethally).



%%* FriendlySniper: Jude Law's portrayal of Soviet sniper Vasily Zaitsev.

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%%* * FriendlySniper: Jude Law's portrayal of Soviet sniper Vasily Zaitsev.Zaitsev. He's pretty affable and chatty towards fellow soldiers and civilians alike. [[ColdSniper On the battlefield, however...]]



* JustPlaneWrong: By this point in the war, the infamous "Jerhico Trumpet" that the Ju-87 "Stuka" was known for had been removed as it actually slowed the aircraft down, and didn't really offer any tactical benefit other then scaring the ever-living piss out of anyone under it. Also, by this point, the Stuka had been upgraded with two 20mm cannons in place of the 7.9mm machine guns it originally had, meaning the poor saps in the ferries would've been turned into shark chum, and the ferries into drift wood.
1st Mar '17 5:01:44 AM Rmpdc
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%%* BoomHeadshot: Many examples, as this is the most fool-proof way for snipers to take out enemy infantry.

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%%* * BoomHeadshot: Many examples, as this is The preferred method of killing by both Zaytsev and Konig. Practically all of their kills on-screen have them shot in the most fool-proof head, one way for snipers to take out enemy infantry.or another.
27th Feb '17 9:17:26 AM Saveelich
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* {{Commissar}}: Danilov. {{Subverted}}, since he is a fairly nice person - although his power does corrupt him enough to tempt him to use it to MurderTheHypotenuse because of jealousy in a LoveTriangle.
%%* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to most American war movies, especially UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ones. On the other hand, many Russians found it entirely too lighthearted for a movie set in the darkest hours of the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar.
** 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.



* GreyAndGrayMorality: The factions are pretty brutal, but the morality of the main characters edges more towards this. They're mostly just duty-bound soldiers trying to survive a war or to avenge/protect loved ones, even when they do bad things. Also, neither Vasily or König ever demonstrate any real conviction in respectively Stalinist or Nazi ideology.

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: The factions are pretty brutal, but the morality of the main characters edges more towards this. They're mostly just duty-bound soldiers trying to survive a war or to avenge/protect loved ones, even when they do bad things. Also, neither Vasily or König ever demonstrate any real conviction in respectively Stalinist or Nazi National-Socialist ideology.



* 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 of the KGB) to shoot anyone who retreated.[[/note]] 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 of the KGB) to shoot anyone who retreated.[[/note]] The deuteragonist Danilov was is a reasonably nice person, though.
27th Feb '17 9:14:55 AM Saveelich
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* EvilVersusEvil: Hitler had the Gestapo, the camps and starting the war via the conquest of Poland. Stalin had the NKVD, the gulags and starting the war via the conquest of Poland. The filmmakers certainly didn't help by deliberately showing the Soviets to be only slightly better than the Germans.
19th Feb '17 8:31:55 PM Fireblood
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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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* 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 of the KGB) to shoot anyone who retreated.[[/note]] The deuteragonist Danilov was a reasonably nice person, though.



* SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic: The film opens with a graphic showing the German conquest of Europe, ending as the wave of advance gets to Stalingrad. Curiously, they show Nazi Germany [[ArtisticLicenseHistory starting out with its mid-war borders]] and invading their Allies (Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria[[note]]Those first two did happen historically later on, but that's not what they're showing[[/note]]) and several neutral countries (Switzerland, Spain, Turkey) as well. This might be handwaved though if you simply think of the expanding boundary as Germany's "Influence" rather then its actual military conquest, which it did indeed gain over its allies and even the neutrals, as Spain, Turkey, and arguably even Switzerland were at least sympathetic to the Axis cause.

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* SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic: The film opens with a graphic showing the German conquest of Europe, ending as the wave of advance gets to Stalingrad. Curiously, they show Nazi Germany [[ArtisticLicenseHistory starting out with its mid-war borders]] and invading their Allies allies (Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria[[note]]Those first two did happen historically later on, but that's not what they're showing[[/note]]) and several neutral countries (Switzerland, Spain, Turkey) as well. This might be handwaved though if you simply think of the expanding boundary as Germany's "Influence" rather then its actual military conquest, which it did indeed gain over its allies and even the neutrals, as Spain, Turkey, and arguably even Switzerland were at least sympathetic to the Axis cause.



* TruthInTelevision: While the opening scene is over the top, the Soviets did have to ship men and material over the river while subjected to heavy air and artillery fire. The Germans came close to taking the western bank of the river, and the Soviets poured in men and material in the vicious urban combat to keep the Germans in place while they prepared their counter-offensive.

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* TruthInTelevision: While the opening scene is over the top, the Soviets did have to ship men and material over the river while subjected to heavy air and artillery fire. The Germans came close to taking the western bank of the river, and the Soviets poured in men and material in into the vicious urban combat to keep the Germans in place while they prepared their counter-offensive.



* YouHaveFailedMe: Khrushchev: "I have to report you to the boss. Shall we cut out the red tape?" In this case, this done [[GoodIsNotNice by the good guys]], as DeliberateValuesDissonance.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: Khrushchev: "I have to report you to the boss. Shall we Perhaps you'd prefer to cut out the red tape?" In this case, this is done [[GoodIsNotNice by the good guys]], as DeliberateValuesDissonance.
19th Feb '17 8:24:39 PM Fireblood
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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: The "Disgraced Officer" version was done in this film. Khruschev is brought into Stalingrad to replace the General who had commanded Soviet forces in their initial disastrous counter-attack against the Germans. Khruschev hands him a pistol and asks "Shall we cut through the red tape?" He leaves the office, we hear a gunshot, and then Khruschev introduces himself as the new commander.

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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: The "Disgraced Officer" version was done in this film. Khruschev is brought into Stalingrad to replace the General who had commanded Soviet forces in their initial disastrous counter-attack against the Germans. Khruschev hands him a pistol and asks "Shall we "Perhaps you'd prefer to cut through the red tape?" He leaves the office, we hear a gunshot, and then Khruschev introduces himself as the new commander.



%%* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to most American war movies, especially UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ones. On the other hand, many Russians found it entirely too light-hearted for a movie set in the darkest hours of the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar.
** 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.

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%%* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to most American war movies, especially UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ones. On the other hand, many Russians found it entirely too light-hearted lighthearted for a movie set in the darkest hours of the UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar.
** The real Battle of Stalingrad was far worse than portrayed, especially as Stalin refused to evacuate the civilian population population, believing that they would strengthen the fighting spirit of the troops.



* IdealizedSex: Averted. There's a realistically awkward sex scene between the main protagonist and the love interest. It's awkward because they do it in the subways below Stalingrad, surrounded by sleeping people because it's being used as a bomb shelter, and so they have to try to not wake anybody up and don't have much room for themselves. So they just kinda roll over each other, try to take off each others' clothing and try to get his penis into her without waking up a guy sleeping a foot away.

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* IdealizedSex: Averted.{{Averted}}. There's a realistically awkward sex scene between the main protagonist and the love interest. It's awkward because they do it in the subways below Stalingrad, surrounded by sleeping people because it's being used as a bomb shelter, and so they have to try to not wake anybody up and don't have much room for themselves. So they just kinda roll over each other, try to take off pull down each others' clothing pants and try to get his penis into her without waking up a guy sleeping a foot away.



* NaziNobleman: Subverted in that, while König ''is'' an aristocrat, he's just in it because he wants revenge for his son, who was killed in the first days of the battle.

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* NaziNobleman: Subverted {{Subverted}} in that, while König ''is'' an aristocrat, he's just in it because he wants revenge for his son, who was killed in the first days of the battle.



* PlayingPossum: Played straight with two characters both pretending to be dead in order to eliminate a German officer. On the other hand, the German soldiers were bayoneting corpses just in case.

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* PlayingPossum: Played straight {{Played straight}} with two characters both pretending to be dead in order to eliminate a German officer. On the other hand, the German soldiers were bayoneting corpses just in case.
15th Oct '16 1:57:58 PM maxwellsilver
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* AristocratsAreEvil: Sort of. König is a Nazi, but at first he's less evil than cold and ruthless in pursuing his task, and his motivation is not personal glory but revenge for the death of his son in the very first days of the battle. Up until his MoralEventHorizon, he comes off as just a guy doing a job, and he does try to avoid what he sees as the need to cross that MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:he knows the whole time that Sacha's selling him out to Vasili, but he tells the kid to stay home where he belongs (and thus out of the way), implying he'd rather not kill him. It just doesn't stop him when Sacha doesn't listen.]]

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* AristocratsAreEvil: Sort of. König is a Nazi, but at first he's less evil than cold and ruthless in pursuing his task, and his motivation is not personal glory but revenge for the death of his son in the very first days of the battle. Up until his MoralEventHorizon, [[spoiler:he hangs Sacha]], he comes off as just a guy doing a job, and he does try to avoid what he sees as the need to cross that MoralEventHorizon: unnecessary evil acts: [[spoiler:he knows the whole time that Sacha's selling him out to Vasili, but he tells the kid to stay home where he belongs (and thus out of the way), implying he'd rather not kill him. It just doesn't stop him when Sacha doesn't listen.]]
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.
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