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September 1942. The German Army has advanced to the gates of Stalingrad. The Russian Army holds on desperately. It is so poorly equipped that every pair of soldiers is given a single rifle--the second man only gets the weapon when the first is cut down. Trapped in no man's land between the opposing armies, Russian recruit Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law) finally acquires a rifle from Political Officer Danilov (Joseph Fiennes). Danilov is astonished when Zaitsev picks off several German officers. On their return to the Russian lines, Danilov writes about Zaitsev's exploits in the army newspaper. Zaitsev is assigned to a sniper unit. He kills more German officers and, thanks to Danilov, becomes a hero. In retaliation, the Germans bring in sharpshooter Major Kvnig (Ed Harris) from Berlin--to hunt Zaitsev. The two snipers engage in a desperate duel, as the appalling Battle of Stalingrad rages. <br> <br> In ENEMY AT THE GATES, director Jean-Jacques Annaud uses a palate of dull greens, blues, and greys to tell the ...
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CastEd Harris
DirectorJean-Jacques Annaud
Release Date:  2001
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Paramount Home Entertainment (August 14, 2001)
Runtime:  2hr 11min
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review by . September 25, 2004
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Pros: Acting, sets, storyline is compelling.     Cons: Too many loose ends; sub-plot not fully developed.     The Bottom Line: Enemy at the Gates reminds us that war exacts a human cost that we should think long and hard about before we seek to conduct war for any reason.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. Historical Background/Perspective       On June 22 1941, Germany and …
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