History Film / StalKer

27th Jun '16 2:35:37 PM MrFreeze
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* MacGuffin: The Professor's backpack. At first his attachment to it makes him look like a cosseted old man, but in fact he needs it because it contains the bomb he stole from the other scientists.
4th Feb '16 10:20:12 AM DanielCase
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* GainaxEnding: The significance of the final shot, with Monkey using her psychokinetic abilities to push some glasses off a table as a train roars by the apartment and shakes it, has long been one of the major points of debate regarding this film[[note]]Creator/ArthurCClarke said it redeemed the entire film, in his opinion[[/note]]
4th Oct '15 12:09:42 AM timotaka
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The Room (allegedly) takes this one step further: You do not ''ask'' for your wish out loud or even consciously. Instead, it looks into your mind and fulfills your greatest desire. Do you even ''know'' what you want? Do you dare find out?
24th Sep '15 10:18:49 AM eroock
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->''A film about three men walking through the wooded territory, two of which are mostly calm, and the third is constantly afraid of something.''
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6th Sep '15 10:58:58 AM jamespolk
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* DrivenToSuicide: Porcupine.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Porcupine.Porcupine, who killed himself out of guilt when the Room granted him his ''true'' inner wish--money--instead of what he believed was his wish, to resurrect his brother.
6th Sep '15 10:55:58 AM jamespolk
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* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: The Stalker is sickened by the inability of the Writer and Professor to believe in the Room.



* DoorOfDoom: The visitors sit outside the door of the Room for a long time, but never do work up the nerve to go in.



* EldritchLocation: The Zone in all its incarnations (book, film, and game) is a sterling example of this trope.

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* EldritchLocation: The Zone in all its incarnations (book, film, and game) is a sterling example of this trope. A very, very ominous place that will apparently kill you if you do something wrong.


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* ForbiddenZone: The Zone has been closed to visitors, and is patrolled by the military, but the Stalker and his clients still make their way in.


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* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: A scary tunnel called the "meat mincer".


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* MindScrew: What is in the Zone? What's the deal with the Room? Does Monkey have superpowers?


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* NothingIsScarier: The insane tension as the Writer crawls through the "meat mincer", as well as the specter of the Room itself.


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* PostApocalypticDog: The Stalker takes possession of a dog he finds amidst the ruins.


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* PsychologicalHorror: Nothing overtly scary happens in the movie.


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* QuestForAWish: Supposedly, the Room grants wishes, which is why the Stalker's clients have come.


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* RuinsOfTheModernAge: This effect is achieved with the ruined factory.


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* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: Doesn't get much gritter than this, as three run-down unshaven middle-aged men creep through a filthy, wrecked, abandoned chemical plant. The town the Stalker lives in is also grim and depressing.
6th Sep '15 10:37:58 AM jamespolk
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* AbandonedArea: The Zone, which had to be abandoned after the mysterious alien visitation, and after the army's attempts to re-enter the Zone were destroyed, as shown by the burnt-out tanks. What once was an industrial area (the film was shot at an abandoned chemical plant in Estonia) is empty and overgrown by plant life and all-around creepy.



* ArtShift: From sepia in the town to color in The Zone.

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* ArtShift: From sepia in the town to color in The Zone.Zone--although interestingly, the Stalker's cripped and telekinetic daughter "Monkey" is always shot in color for her scenes, which are in the town.



* BoringReturnJourney: Neither the Writer nor the Professor have the guts to enter the Room. They sit there at the entrance for a while, then the film cuts to everyone back at the bar, having left the Zone.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Towards the end of the movie the Stalker's wife addresses the camera and the audience directly, giving a little speech in which she explains that she knew all about the problems she'd have with the Stalker, including his emotional instability and the risk that their children would be born with defects, but she married him anyway, and it was worth it, as she got the highs along with the lows instead of a "dull, gray life".
* BurningTheShips: After entering the Zone on a motorized railroad hand cart, the Stalker starts it up again and sends it off back from where they came. He explains to his clients that you can't leave the Zone in the same way in which you entered.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's generally left pretty ambiguous as to whether The Zone really does have all the fantastical qualities that Stalker claims [[spoiler:(primarily since all the characters opt not to enter The Room when they finally reach it.)]]
** The last scene offers a perfect encapsulation of this: [[spoiler:A glass slowly slides across a table; it could be the Stalker's daughter using telekinesis, or just vibrations from passing traffic]].

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's generally left pretty ambiguous as to whether The Zone really does have all the fantastical qualities that Stalker claims [[spoiler:(primarily (primarily since all the characters opt not to enter The Room when they finally reach it.)]]
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** The last scene offers a perfect encapsulation of this: [[spoiler:A A glass slowly slides across a table; it could be the Stalker's daughter using telekinesis, or just vibrations from passing traffic]].traffic.



* NukeEm: [[spoiler:The Professor wants to destroy the Room using his nuclear bomb to prevent it from being used ForTheEvulz. However, he [[AvertedTrope gives up the plan]] and disassembles the bomb after the Writer has a revelation about the Room]].

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* NukeEm: [[spoiler:The The Professor wants to destroy the Room using his nuclear bomb to prevent it from being used ForTheEvulz. However, he [[AvertedTrope gives up the plan]] and disassembles the bomb after the Writer has a revelation about the Room]].Room.



* OhCrap: Writer decides to go off on his own until a disembodied voice [[spoiler:actually it's The Zone]] shouts at him to "Stop right where you are!"

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* OhCrap: Writer decides to go off on his own until a disembodied voice [[spoiler:actually actually it's The Zone]] Zone shouts at him to "Stop right where you are!"



* SceneryPorn: Almost anywhere inside The Zone, the [[spoiler:exploded tanks, artillery, and incinerated corpses of the armies sent to surround The Zone]] notwithstanding.

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* SceneryPorn: Almost anywhere inside The Zone, the [[spoiler:exploded exploded tanks, artillery, and incinerated corpses of the armies sent to surround The Zone]] Zone notwithstanding.



* ShoutOut: Stalker is called "Chingachook" and "Leatherstocking" in reference to characters from ''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans''.



* SoundtrackDissonance: The film closes with Beethoven's "Music/OdeToJoy", which is pretty weird, given the dour and depressing tone of the film and the grim surroundings.



* WonderChild: Monkey [[spoiler:appears to have telekinetic powers.]]

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* WonderChild: Monkey [[spoiler:appears appears to have telekinetic powers.]]
18th Aug '15 12:26:59 AM redfox5367
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* FreudianTrio: Writer (Id), Stalker (Superego), and Professor (Ego).
18th Feb '15 3:33:54 PM Noseer
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Our three main characters meet in a bar outside The Zone. They are only named by their professions; Stalker, Writer, and Professor. Stalker is both the protagonist and also the name of a class of semi-professional guides, skilled at infiltrating the security cordon surrounding The Zone, and avoiding the many hazards within it. He regards The Zone with something close to religious awe, and treats it as a temperamental Deity to be appeased and wondered at. Writer is an urbane, fashionable, cynical author with a drink problem. He complains that he has lost his inspiration, and wishes to regain it via the power of The Room. Professor is a taciturn physicist, who appears to have no particular reason to visit The Zone, and a small backpack that he is very attached to.

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Our three main characters meet in a bar outside The Zone. They are only named by their professions; Stalker, Writer, and Professor. Stalker is both the protagonist and also the name of a class of semi-professional guides, skilled at infiltrating the security cordon surrounding The Zone, and avoiding the many hazards within it. He regards The Zone with something close to religious awe, and treats it as a temperamental Deity to be appeased and wondered at. Writer is an urbane, fashionable, cynical author with a drink drinking problem. He complains that he has lost his inspiration, and wishes to regain it via the power of The Room. Professor is a taciturn physicist, who appears to have no particular reason to visit The Zone, and a small backpack that he is very attached to.
12th Feb '15 7:44:21 AM spirasen
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-->-- A popular recap of unknown origin

''Stalker'', or ''СТАЛКЕР'' in the original Russian, is a 1979 Creator/AndreiTarkovsky ScienceFiction film shot in Estonia. It is an adaptation (albeit a very loose one) by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers of their earlier science-fiction story ''Literature/RoadsidePicnic''.

The film takes place in and around a devastated partially-industrialised landscape called The Zone. At the centre of The Zone we are told, lies a location called The Room, which is said to grant the deepest desires of those strong enough to make it there, avoiding the numerous hazards for which the Zone enjoys a fearsome and lethal reputation.

Our three main characters meet in a bar outside the Zone. They are only named by their professions; Stalker, Writer, and Professor. Stalker is both the protagonist and also the name of a class of semi-professional guides, skilled at infiltrating the security cordon surrounding the Zone, and avoiding the many hazards within it. He regards the Zone with something close to religious awe, and treats it as a temperamental Deity to be appeased and wondered at. Writer is an urbane, fashionable, cynical author with a drink problem. He complains that he has lost his inspiration, and wishes to regain it via the power of The Room. Professor is a taciturn physicist, who appears to have no particular reason to visit the Zone, and a small backpack that he is very attached to.

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-->-- A -->--A popular recap of unknown origin

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''Stalker'', or ''СТАЛКЕР'' in the original Russian, is a 1979 Creator/AndreiTarkovsky ScienceFiction film shot in Estonia. UsefulNotes/{{Estonia}}. It is an adaptation (albeit a very loose one) by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers of their earlier science-fiction story ''Literature/RoadsidePicnic''.

''Literature/RoadsidePicnic''.

The film takes place in and around a devastated partially-industrialised landscape called The Zone. At the centre of The Zone we are told, lies a location called The Room, which is said to grant the deepest desires of those strong enough to make it there, avoiding the numerous hazards for which the The Zone enjoys a fearsome and lethal reputation.

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Our three main characters meet in a bar outside the The Zone. They are only named by their professions; Stalker, Writer, and Professor. Stalker is both the protagonist and also the name of a class of semi-professional guides, skilled at infiltrating the security cordon surrounding the The Zone, and avoiding the many hazards within it. He regards the The Zone with something close to religious awe, and treats it as a temperamental Deity to be appeased and wondered at. Writer is an urbane, fashionable, cynical author with a drink problem. He complains that he has lost his inspiration, and wishes to regain it via the power of The Room. Professor is a taciturn physicist, who appears to have no particular reason to visit the The Zone, and a small backpack that he is very attached to.






* TheAlcoholic: Writer is the first to the bar, is refused spirits and so buys beer as if that doesn't count. Stalker later tips away Writer's booze stash (hidden under Writer's decidedly NotSoBadassLongcoat).

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* TheAlcoholic: Writer is the first to the bar, is refused spirits and so buys beer as if that doesn't count. Stalker later tips away Writer's booze stash (hidden under Writer's decidedly NotSoBadassLongcoat).NotSoBadassLongcoat.)



* AppliedPhlebotinum: The disruption of reality in the Zone.
* ArtShift: From sepia in the town to color in the Zone.

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* AppliedPhlebotinum: The disruption of reality in the The Zone.
* ArtShift: From sepia in the town to color in the The Zone.



* TheCakeIsALie: Does the Room grant you your deepest desire? Only Porcupine would know, but even though he became rich, he killed himself because he sent his brother to his death. Nobody else is known to have gone into the Room and had their wishes granted.

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* TheCakeIsALie: Does the Room grant you your deepest desire? Only Porcupine would know, but even though he became rich, he killed himself because he sent his brother to his death. Nobody else is known to have gone into the Room and had their wishes granted.



* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Like other Tarkovsky films. The monochromatic[=/=]sepia town scenes contrast with the colorful Zone.

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Like other Tarkovsky films. The monochromatic[=/=]sepia monochromatic / sepia town scenes contrast with the colorful Zone.



* DysfunctionJunction: Stalker has just returned from prison, presumably having been sent there for illegally going into the Zone. His daughter, Monkey, is crippled. Writer has come to the Zone because he no longer feels inspired in his writings. Professor wants to get a Nobel Prize and be respected by other academicians. Stalker's wife, despite arguing with Stalker, is the closest in the film to a happy person because she is the only person whose wishes have been granted.

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* DysfunctionJunction: Stalker has just returned from prison, presumably having been sent there for illegally going into the The Zone. His daughter, Monkey, is crippled. Writer has come to the The Zone because he no longer feels inspired in his writings. Professor wants to get a Nobel Prize and be respected by other academicians. Stalker's wife, despite arguing with Stalker, is the closest in the film to a happy person because she is the only person whose wishes have been granted.



* EliteMooks: Averted by The Zone security forces. They are generally more interested in television, and hosing civilian vehicles with machine gun fire

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* EliteMooks: Averted by The Zone security forces. They are generally more interested in television, and hosing civilian vehicles with machine gun firefire.



* FailedASpotCheck: One of the soldiers trying to prevent people from approaching the Zone sees Stalker's car, but does not think that Stalker is hiding under the car.

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* FailedASpotCheck: One of the soldiers trying to prevent people from approaching the The Zone sees Stalker's car, but does not think that Stalker is hiding under the car.



* FollowTheLeader: The critical reception of ''[[ASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]'' may have factored into the creation of ''[[Film/{{Solaris 1972}} Solaris]]'' and this film.

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* FollowTheLeader: The critical reception of ''[[ASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]'' ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' may have factored into the creation of ''[[Film/{{Solaris 1972}} Solaris]]'' ''Film/{{Solaris|1972}}'' and this film.



* GeoEffects: The shortest route between two points within the Zone is '''never''' in a straight line. Oh, and never attempt to retrace your steps.
* HaveAGayOldTime: The film's usage of "stalking" to mean "to steal past something", as it happens, is etymologically more accurate.

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* GeoEffects: The shortest route between two points within the The Zone is '''never''' in a straight line. Oh, and never attempt to retrace your steps.
* HaveAGayOldTime: The film's usage of "stalking" to mean "to steal past something", something," as it happens, is etymologically more accurate.



* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The soldiers patrolling the Zone cannot hit Stalker's slow-moving Land Rover, but they do manage to wreck their own electrical equipment.

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* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The soldiers patrolling the The Zone cannot hit Stalker's slow-moving Land Rover, but they do manage to wreck their own electrical equipment.



* LegacyCharacter: Stalker. All Stalkers lead people into the Zone, and when one leaves the job, their apprentice becomes Stalker.

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* LegacyCharacter: Stalker. All Stalkers lead people into the The Zone, and when one leaves the job, their apprentice becomes Stalker.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's generally left pretty ambiguous as to whether The Zone really does have all the fantastical qualities that Stalker claims [[spoiler:(primarily since all the characters opt not to enter The Room when they finally reach it)]].
** The last scene offers a perfect encapsulation of this: [[spoiler: a glass slowly slides across a table; it could be the Stalker's daughter using telekinesis, or just vibrations from passing traffic.]]
* MysteriousWaif: Stalker's daughter Monkey, apparently able to move glasses by force of will as an effect of the Zone.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: One of the rooms in the Zone is called the "meat mincer."
* NegativeSpaceWedgie: The Zone has mysterious properties, including the ability to kill people and wreck technology. The most dramatic example is when the trio enter the Zone and see the wreckage of dozens of army tanks.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's generally left pretty ambiguous as to whether The Zone really does have all the fantastical qualities that Stalker claims [[spoiler:(primarily since all the characters opt not to enter The Room when they finally reach it)]].
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** The last scene offers a perfect encapsulation of this: [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:A glass slowly slides across a table; it could be the Stalker's daughter using telekinesis, or just vibrations from passing traffic.]]
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* MysteriousWaif: Stalker's daughter Monkey, apparently able to move glasses by force of will as an effect of the The Zone.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: One of the rooms in the The Zone is called the "meat mincer."
* NegativeSpaceWedgie: The Zone has mysterious properties, including the ability to kill people and wreck technology. The most dramatic example is when the trio enter the The Zone and see the wreckage of dozens of army tanks.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname[=/=]OnlyOneName: Stalker implies it is safer for everyone in case they are arrested that no-one knows anyone else's name, although the trend encompasses almost the entire cast: Stalker, Writer, Professor, Luger, Monkey, Teacher (or Porcupine).
* OhCrap: Writer decides to go off on his own until a disembodied voice [[spoiler: actually it's The Zone]] shouts at him to "Stop right where you are!"

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname[=/=]OnlyOneName: OnlyKnownByTheirNickname / OnlyOneName: Stalker implies it is safer for everyone in case they are arrested that no-one knows anyone else's name, although the trend encompasses almost the entire cast: Stalker, Writer, Professor, Luger, Monkey, and Teacher (or Porcupine).
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* OhCrap: Writer decides to go off on his own until a disembodied voice [[spoiler: actually [[spoiler:actually it's The Zone]] shouts at him to "Stop right where you are!"



* PublicDomainSoundtrack: OdeToJoy and Ravel's "Bolero".

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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: OdeToJoy Music/OdeToJoy and Ravel's "Bolero".Music/MauriceRavel's "Bolero."



* RealIsBrown: Used as a metaphor, where the world outside the Zone is (mostly) filmed in washed-out sepia tones.

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* RealIsBrown: Used as a metaphor, where the world outside the The Zone is (mostly) filmed in washed-out sepia tones.



* SceneryPorn: Almost anywhere inside The Zone, the [[spoiler: exploded tanks, artillery, and incinerated corpses of the armies sent to surround the Zone]] notwithstanding

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* SceneryPorn: Almost anywhere inside The Zone, the [[spoiler: exploded [[spoiler:exploded tanks, artillery, and incinerated corpses of the armies sent to surround the The Zone]] notwithstandingnotwithstanding.



* StateSec: The stormtroopers assigned to patrol the Zone.
* TheStoic: Professor is not upset by the challenge to modern science that the Zone presents. He even lands a few rhetorical punches on Writer following his little speech about truth.

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* StateSec: The stormtroopers assigned to patrol the The Zone.
* TheStoic: Professor is not upset by the challenge to modern science that the The Zone presents. He even lands a few rhetorical punches on Writer following his little speech about truth.



* UnknownPhenomenon: The Zone, not unlike [[Film/{{Solaris 1972}} Solaris]].

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* UnknownPhenomenon: The Zone, not unlike [[Film/{{Solaris 1972}} Solaris]].''Film/{{Solaris|1972}}''.
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