Rent Come and See (1985)

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2h 17min
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"Come and See" is one of the greatest war films ever made and one of the finest achievements of Soviet cinema. A devastating account of the Nazi occupation of Belarussia during World War II, it tells the story of a young boy's abrupt loss of innocence when he joins the Soviet resistance and is thrust headlong into the brutal horrors of combat. Featuring terrifyingly authentic battle scenes and poetic, almost surreal imagery, director Elem Klimov has fashioned a vivid and unforgettably powerful portrait of the terrible atrocities committed by men in the name of war.
, Olga Mironova, , , Jüri Lumiste, Viktor Lorents, Kazimir Rabetsky, Evgeniy Tilicheev, G. Velts, V. Vasilyev, Aleksandr Berda, , Nina Evdokimova, Igor Gnevashev, , , Evgeniy Kryzhanovskiy, N. Lisichenok, Viktor Manaev, Gennadiy Matytsky
Ales Adamovich, Elem Klimov
Idi i smotri
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
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Soviet Union
Release Date:
Run Time:
137 minutes
Russian Dolby Digital 2.0
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the bonus features
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
140 minutes
Belarusian, German LPCM Mono, Russian Audio Description, Russian LPCM Mono
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • New interview with cinematographer Roger Deakins
  • New interview with director Elem Klimov's brother and frequent collaborator German Klimov
  • Three 1975 films from Flaming Memory, a documentary series by Viktor Dashuk featuring firsthand accounts of survivors of the genocide during World War II in what is now known as Belarus
  • Interview from 2001 with Elem Klimov
  • Interviews from 2001 with actor Alexei Kravchenko and production designer Viktor Petrov
  • The Story of the Film "Come and See", a 1985 short film featuring interviews with Klimov, Kravchenko, and writer Ales Adamovich
  • Theatrical rerelease trailer

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Reviews (12) of Come and See

Horrific, distressing, moving. One of the very best anti-war films I have seen - Come and See review by RP

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It's in Russian, with subtitles. But don't let that put you off - this is a powerful, distressing anti-war film and if that's what you're looking for you'll find it in spades here.

It tells the story of a young boy joining the ill-equipped partisans fighting a futile resistance against the German army as it cuts a violent swathe through Byelorussia in the Second World War. Pursuing a brutal 'scorched earth' policy, the Germans put entire villages to the torch - including the inhabitants.

This is not a film for the squeamish. Although only rated 15 (there is limited on-screen explicit violence) this film has scenes that I found quite horrific and very moving.

One of the very best anti-war films I have seen. 5/5 stars.

9 out of 9 members found this review helpful.

Outstanding War Film. - Come and See review by Steve

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No other film comes close for rendering the the horror of war on the screen. An overwhelming cinematic experience, though necessarily shocking and distressing.

7 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

Resoundingly successful anti-war film - Come and See review by TE

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Hugely powerful story of one young teenager and his passage through the horrors of war.

Packed to the brim with memorable images and facial close-ups that linger long after the scene has moved on. It seems that this was the pinnacle of Klimov's career as a director, but seeing this film makes me want to see more of his work.

Yes, this is about the Nazi ravaging of Belarus, but it is also a timeless and universal exposure of the barbarism of war.

6 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

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