This film is based on the book about Vasili Ivanovich Chapaev (1887-1919) who was in real life the Commander of the 25th Division of the Red Army. Chapaev (Boris Babochkin) is an uneducated peasant and a decorated hero in the World War I and later in the Russian Civil War, that followed the Russian revolution. This man of action is fighting on the side of the poor people. His troops consist of peasants, just like him. Unable to write, he can brilliantly demonstrate various battle tactics by moving potatoes on the table. He is street smart. He never lost a battle against the experienced Generals of the Tzar's Army.
Boris Babochkin, Leonid Kmit, Varvara Myasnikova, Boris Blinov, Illarion Pevtsov, Stepan Shkurat, Vyacheslav Volkov, Nikolai Simonov, Boris Chirkov, Emil Gal, Mikhail Gipsi, Konstantin Nazarenko, Mikhail Rostovtsev, Georgi Vasilyev, Elena Volyntseva, Victor Yablonsky, Georgi Zhzhyonov