- Original title
- Running time
- 120 min.
Ivo Perilli, Alberto Lattuada (Novel: Alexander Pushkin)
Silvana Mangano, Van Heflin, Viveca Lindfors, Geoffrey Horne, Robert Keith, Agnes Moorehead, Oskar Homolka, Helmut Dantine, Vittorio Gassman, Fulvia Franco, Al Silvani, Finlay Currie, Laurence Naismith, Nevenka Mikulic, Niksa Stefanini, Janez Vrhovec, Jovan Gec, Claudio Gora, Milutin Jasnic
Co-production Italy-France-Yugoslavia; Dino de Laurentiis Cinematographica, Gray-Film, Société Nouvelle Pathé, Bosna Film
- Synopsis / Plot
- A young officer in the army of Empress Catherine of Russia is on his way to his new duty station at a remote outpost. During a blinding snowstorm he comes upon a stranger who was caught in the storm and is near death from freezing. He rescues the man and eventually brings him back to health. When the man is well enough to travel, the two part company and the man vows to repay the officer for saving his life. Soon after he arrives at his new post, a revolt by the local Cossacks breaks out and the fort is besieged by the rebels. The young officer is astonished to find out that the leader of the rebellious Cossacks is none other than the stranger whose life he had saved during the storm.
: David di Donatello Awards: Best Director and Production
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