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Jude Law as the renown Soviet sniper Vasilli Ziezeff, up against Ed Harris as Major Kounig. But aside from the personal duel, the horror of the battle of Stalingrad appeared well portrayed, and the callous wastage of manpower in fruitless frontal attacks, with rifles being shared and soldiers being driven on by the fire of KGB officers to their rear - it's no wonder the battle cost 250,000 Russian lives. :cry:

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And an astronomical number of German lives as well. Bob Hoskins played Krushchev, Rachel Weisz was a nice interlude from the horror on the line. Ron Perlman as a Russian sniper with steel teeth -- but mainly it was the duel - between the Russian and the German sniper with incredible patience and self discipline, blending into the inanimate surroundings.

 

I think they are still finding bones and artifacts from that battle whenever a hard rain rearranges the soil. Outstanding war drama.

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Havn't got Sky; but I will watch it when it gets round to freeview: the main reason being; it was made by the same team, that made "Band of Brothers", which was based closely on veteran's accounts - and was exellent. O.K. - no comparison between the sacrifice of the Yanks compared to the Russian (750,000 V 13million); but they did fight a few gruesome battles in the pacific, with no quarter asked or given by either side. :shock:

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