72 Meters

Synopsis: The film begins in the 1980s Soviet Union. Two best friends, Orlov and Muravyev, are serving at the Black Sea Navy Base in Sevastopol, Crimea. Both fall in love with one beautiful girl Nelly, and their friendship suffers a first blow. Because she picks Muravyev, his friend Orlov struggles with an inferiority complex and becomes a secretive alcoholic. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, both friends are transferred to the Northern Fleet on the Polar Ocean. One day their sub is performing a routine training. A disturbed WWII mine slowly moves on a collision course with the sub. A mighty blast knocks down everyone inside the wrecked sub, 72 meters below the sea level. Then ensues a nerve-racking struggle for survival.
Director(s): Vladimir Khotinenko
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
115 min

Channel One Russia

Nikita Mikhalkov's

THREE T Studios


Vladimir KHOTINENKO's film




Vladislav GALKIN




Stanislav NIKOLSKY

Written by Valery ZALOTUKHA

Co-written by Vladimir KHOTINENKO

Based upon Alexander POKROVSKY's


Painting the mat, eh?

Director of Photography -


You were told to wash it.

- It's nice this way, sir.

- It'll crack.

So we'll paint it again.

Pardon me, the iron,

but that's it.

Production Designer -

Konstantin MELNIKOV

Sound by Sergei SASHNIN


Saturday we go to sea.

They've called from the HQ.

Sorry, dear Katyusha.

Where's my cap?

Music by Ennio MORRIKONE

In the water, Captain.

Catch my cap, everybody!

- Yes, sir!

- Mukhambetov, take the hook!


don't fall into the water.

Produced by Anatoly MAXIMOV,

Konstantin ERNST, Leonid VERESCHAGIN

Don't stare!

The circus is gone!

The crew, walk on!

One, two, three!


'Slav Girl Farewell! '

The crew! Emergency dive!

- Where is our boat?

- We'll dive without one.



Can any of you

interpret dreams?


Who is crawling down there?

Unless our navigator is here

at eight,

I'll turn his furry side in,

same to others!

Got it.


Unless our navigator

is here at eight,


will turn his furry side in,

same to others. Find him!

'Young to Poupyr:

Rap will prevail!

'Hi, Poupyr!

Here I work my guts out,

'so I decided to hit

the bottom for half an hour.'


'We have all sorts here,


the Kuldiukis twins.

'They listen to pop-singers

and every now and then

'they knock each other's


'What about you, people?

We go to sea soon.

Come here!

'My love to Chick, Chance, Bucks,

Kostya, Barry Sisters... '

- You know our navigator?

- A cheerful one?

Way too cheerful. Run to

the hostel, room 22.

Unless he is back here

at eight, Yanychar

gonna turn his furry side in,

same to all of us. Clear?

- On the double!

- Yes, sir!

What is this?

Afish, comrade captain.

Obviously not a scorpion.

What is it?

Gas analyzer.

This fish is very

oxygen sensitive.

Don't you trust your


They're not so reliable

as nature.

I need an expert in chemistry,

not in... husbandry.

Young warrant officer

is a shellfish

without a shell.

He either dies

or grows a shell.

I'll teach you to crawl!

'The word 'crawl'

is very popular here.

'Lt means... next to everything.

'Tell Cucumber he's not a rapper

but ajerk.'

Here sailors are trained

how to leave submarine

through torpedo units...

Will he squeeze in?

You will, if you want

to live.

Will he go up same as torpedo?

I'm afraid, the charge

is different.

Scuba diver catches

a buoy rope

and uses moussings...

What is moussings?


Moussings are special knots

on the rope.

Just knots?

It is not that simple.

A diver catches these moussings,

and moves up like a pregnant

cuttlefish on thin ice.

- Moving slowly.

- Slowly?

Otherwise - caisson disease.

Warrant officer Mikhailov!

Keep on with the excursion:

I've many otherthings

to attend.

- My apologies.

- No, apologies are mine.

Thanks a lot!


Warrant officer Mikhailov.

Krauz... has some German roots?

As German as one can be.

Atypical Russian naval officer.

Officers' hostel

- Cruising for bruising?

- Hi.

- Is captain Orlov here?

- Celebrates his birthday.

- Today's his birthday?

- For 2 weeks on end.

Where can he be?

It's time he settled down

in a guardroom. Got it?

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