ⓘ Tale of a True Man


ⓘ Tale of a True Man

Tale of a True Man is a Soviet feature film directed by Aleksandr Stolper, shot on the same name book by Boris Polevoy.

For the participation in the film, a number of film actors and the cameraman were awarded the Stalin Prize in 1949.


1. Plot

At the heart of the dramatic history are the real facts of the biography of the fighter pilot Alexey Maresyev. Shot in battle over the occupied territory, he for three weeks made his way through the snow-covered forests until he got to the partisans. Having lost both legs, the hero subsequently shows an amazing strength of character, again sits at the helm of the aircraft and replenishes the account of air victories over the enemy.


2. Cast

  • Sergei Bondarchuk as Gvozdev
  • Boris Babochkin as commander of the regiment
  • Ivan Ryzhov as patient in the sanatorium
  • Lyudmila Tselikovskaya as Zinochka
  • Lyubov Sokolova as collective farmer Varvara debut role
  • Lev Sverdlin as Naumov
  • Aleksei Dikiy as Vasily Vasilyevich
  • Vladimir Gribkov as Zuyev
  • Boris Dobronravov as chairman of the commission
  • Nikolay Okhlopkov as commissar Vorobiev
  • Mikhail Gluzsky as captain Cheslov
  • Pavel Kadochnikov as Alexey Maresyev
  • Czeslaw Sushkevich as Kukushkin
  • Viktor Khokhryakov as Degtyarenko
  • Aleksandr Mikhailov as Petrov
  • Tamara Makarova as Klavdia Mikhailovna
  • Vasili Merkuryev as Stepan Ivanovich the foreman

3. Awards

Stalin Prize
  • Aleksandr Stolper director
  • Mark Magidson cinematographer
  • Pavel Kadochnikov actor
  • Nikolay Okhlopkov actor
  • Vasili Merkuryev actor