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->'''Rollo:''' Is this your first time at the front?
->'''Lieutenant von Witzland:''' ''(shrugs)'' Everyone must start somewhere.


''Stalingrad'' is a 1993 German war film directed by Joseph Vilsmaier, following a platoon of [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Heer]] soldiers through their service in Russia fighting the SovietUnion, centred around, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin naturally]], the Battle of Stalingrad. Along the way, the brutality of the conflict they find themselves in leaves them demoralized, as they try to find a way to cope with the war.

See also a [[Film/{{Stalingrad2013}} Russian film with the same title]] that also stars Creator/ThomasKretschmann.

!! This film provides examples of:

* AnAssKickingChristmas: For the Russians, as they close in on the German positions during the Christmas holiday season.
* AteHisGun: [[spoiler: Otto]] kills himself in this way.
%%* BilingualDialogue
%%* BreakTheBadass
%%* BringMyBrownPants: Non-comedic example.
* ChildSoldiers: A young Russian boy named Kolya is captured by the platoon after attempting to attack them with a grenade.
%%* CurbStompBattle
%%* DeathCourse
%%* DespairEventHorizon
* DownerEnding: The remaining main characters are implied to [[spoiler:freeze to death]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Otto]] kills himself.
* TheEngineer: The German soldiers depicted are combat engineers, as shown by their extensive usage of flamethrowers and demolition charges.
* EnsignNewbie: Lieutenant von Witzland, who lampshades it.
* EvilVersusEvil: Nazi Germany vs Soviet Russia, as both sides are totalitarian, exploitative, mass-murdering dictatorships, and by this point in the conflict were waging unpopular wars of aggression with armies of conscripts. The two factions could be differentiated mainly by the size of their leader's mustache (Stalin's was bigger). At some point in the movie, due to the sheer chaos and horror going on in the battle, the front lines and factions disappear entirely and the characters focus on merely surviving, [[spoiler:an endeavor they all fail in]].
* FaceDeathWithDignity: A Soviet child who was adopted by the protagonists is ordered shot by a sadistic officer.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Several times. [[DespairEventHorizon It usually doesn't work]].
* GoKartingWithBowser: Narrowly averted. At one point the Germans and Russians call a truce to collect their wounded and dead, and some even start sharing food with each other, until single shot from Rollo brings the tentative peace to a violent end.
* GraveRobbing: The soldiers steal good-quality boots from corpses, and a few later steal doctor-signed passes in a desperate attempt to be airlifted out with the wounded.
* HandicappedBadass: Hauptmann Hermann Musk, whose EstablishingCharacterMoment has him quickly affix his prosthetic arm before leading the platoon on an assault against a heavily guarded factory.
* HomeByChristmas: On the train ride through Ukraine, one of the soldiers boasts that they'll take Stalingrad in three days.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: The Russian sniper Irina [[spoiler:is found tied up to a bed Haller's stronghold. It's clear she's been used as a 'comfort woman', and the protagonists even plan to take turns doing the same. Hans [[TheWomenAreSafeWithUs puts a stop to it and lets her go]], however. Hans at first was conflicted over whether or not to help her, kill her, or rape her. "[[PrecisionFStrike Fick mich]] [[GratuitousGerman oder schiess mich!]]"]]
%%* ImColdSoCold
%%* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Averted]].
* KillEmAll: See DownerEnding above. All the German soldiers in the story die.
%%* ManOnFire
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Though by the end, almost all of them decide to desert.
* TheNeidermeyer: The officer who orders war crimes committed and hounds Hans for being a 'Russian sympathizer'. True to form, he is shot by the remaining troops at the end.
%%* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Where do we ''start''?
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Leutnant Von Witzland is a German nobleman serving in the Wehrmacht. The clue is in the "Von".
** He also smokes with a cigarette holder.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. When a young private tells Lance Corporal Reiser his name is Müller, his response is "We've got too many of those", and nicknames hims [=GG=] ([=GeGe=]).
* RedsWithRockets: The primary antagonists.
%%* ScrewThisImOuttaHere
* ShirtlessScene: The opening scene in Italy is laden with it, though with less focus on the women at the Italian beach.
* SnowMeansDeath: As it did in real life at the Battle of Stalingrad, with the Germans freezing and starving through a Russian winter.
* TheSquadette: Irina, a Russian sniper the unit encounter several times.
* TanksButNoTanks: All of the [=T-34s=] in the movie were [=T-34-85s=] that weren't even used until 1944.
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: The entire Sixth Army is trapped behind enemy lines after a Russian pincer attack cuts them off inside Stalingrad.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: By the time [[spoiler: Otto]] shoots himself, the soldiers are so [[ShellShockedVeteran numbed to the horrors around them]] that they don't even flinch. His body falls to the floor and he is promptly forgotten about.
* UrbanWarfare: And it is hellish
* VillainProtagonist: To a certain degree, though the enlisted ranks get off far more lightly than the officer class.
* WarIsHell: The actual combat sequences of this film aren't very long. However, they are extremely brutal, chaotic, and nasty.