AT HOME AMONG STRANGERS, A STRANGER AMONG HIS OWN (SVOY SREDI CHUZHIKH, CHUZHOY SREDI SVOIKH) (director/writer: Nikita Mikhalkov; screenwriter: Eduard Volodarskiy; cinematographer: Pavel Lebeshev; editor: Lyudmila Yelyan; music:  Eduard Artemev; cast: Yuri Bogatyryov (Yegor Shilov), Nikita Mikhalkov (Alexandr Brylov), Sergey Shakurov (Andrey Zabelin), Aleksandr Porokhovshchikov (Kungarov), Alexander Kaidanovsky (Lemke); Runtime: 92; MPAA Rating: NR; Mosfilm (RusCico); 1974-USSR-in Russian with English subtitles)


Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

It's directed as cumbersomely as its title looks on a marquee. Nikita Mikhalkov ("Close to Eden"/"Burnt by the Sun"/"The Barber of Siberia")

Set during the Civil War between the Reds and the Whites that followed the 1917 revolution in Russia

The story takes place in early 1920s, shortly after the end of Russian civil war. Egor Shilov (Yuri Bogatyryov) is sent to protect a precious shipment of gold that is sent by train. But he is kidnapped and drugged, the train is attacked and the gold is stolen. Shilov is suspected of treason and has to prove his innocence and return the gold. Shilov is now "stranger at home", and in performing his task he has to become "at home among strangers".

REVIEWED ON 6/14/2015       GRADE: B-

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