The Cranes Are Flying

Synopsis: Veronica and Boris are walking in the streets of Moscow and they love each other. Veronica is laughing, cause they are happy together this morning. They see some cranes in the sky. When arriving to Veronica's house they talk about a rendezvous at the bank of the river. And the 2nd World War begins in Moscow. Boris works in a factory and he hasn't got time to speak with Veronica. He has to go to the war ...
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Mikhail Kalatozov
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min


Wait. Wait, Squirrel!

Here, put it on.


Cranes like ships

Sailing up in the sky,

White ones and grey ones,

With long beaks, they fly!

Look, look, look!

You see...

You with your "cranes like ships".


Written by V. ROZOV

Directed by M. KALATOZOV

Director of Photography


Associate Director - B. FRIDMAN

Production Designer - Y. SVIDETELEV

Music by M. VAINBERG

Sound by I. MAYOROV



T. SAMOJLOVA as Veronika

A. BATALOV as Boris...


as Fyodor Ivanovich...

A. SHVORIN as Mark

S. KHARITONOVA as Irina...

K. NIKITIN as Volodya

V. ZUBKOV as Stepan...

A. BOGDANOVA as Grandma

B. KOKOVKIN as Tyernov...


as Anna Mikhajlovna...

An Order of Lenin Film Studio

"Mosfilm" production, 1957

Who is there?


Well, all right.

Say when, then.

Thursday, on the embankment.

Come on, that's too long.


You haven't told me when!


Squirrel, at what time?

What time on Thursday?

No, no, I can't make it.

I can't make it.

I'll be working.

- All right.

- Don't be late.


- She's gone crazy over him.

- And he's over her.

That's love, my dear.

A harmless mental disturbance.

Grandma, why aren't you asleep?

Because it's time to get up, Boris!

Stop chomping!

Running around all night...

Are you jealous?

You haven't torn it, have you?

Your jacket's all right.


It's noon and he's still in bed.

The boy deserves a good rest

on Sunday. He works hard.

That work of his will result

in a marriage.

That's when you'll be really jealous.

For Irina, her diploma comes first.

Look out, Uncle Fedya.

She'll be a full professor soon,

while you're still only a MD.

If children don't surpass

their parents...

...then the children are fools

and the parents are no better.

Thanks, Mamma.

This is Radio Moscow broadcasting

over all of the Soviet Union!

- What is it?

- What has happened?

We're at war! Boris!

Do you hear? We're at war!

Leave me alone!


Boris is working day and night.

Are you waiting for him?

I'm not waiting for anyone.


In time of war,

one should not get confused.

One should hold on to

a normal life pace.

Take me.

I dream of dedicating to you

my first symphony.

Will you come to the concert?

Suppose the Army calls you up?

The Army? I doubt it. Hardly.

Why "hardly"?

The most talented ones will be exempted.

- Are you the most talented one?

- Me? Certainly.

Why are you following me around?

Aren't you ashamed?

I am.

I tried to keep away from you.

I know, Boris is my cousin.

But I can't help myself!


- Wait!

- I'm going home alone.

Hey, slow down!

You just had an operation.

I'd better be in shape

for that field-pack.

They're not wasting men like you

in the Army.

There'll only be one exemption

here, and one of us'll get it.

They'd better give it to you.

You've got knowledge, experience.

And you've got talent.

Save your sketches.

My wife's already got my bag packed.

Well, as they say,

let's get our bayonets ready.

Stepan! Hey, Stepan!

Guys, give me a hand...


Excuse me, Sachkov.

- Where's the summons?

- Not yet. I can't wait.

- Are you off now?

- No, I've got those sketches...

- I see. Take care.

- Okay.

- Hey!

- Yeah?

- Have you told her?

- No, it's too early...

- You're right. See you tomorrow.

- Right.

- Let go.

- I won't.

- You're going to fall down.

- No, I won't.

- You'll rip up the blackout.

- It's a blanket.

I'm going to call the militia.

I'm sick of the blackout.

Give me the blanket.

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