• Enemy at the Gates (2001)

Enemy at the Gates

Release Date: March 16th, 2001

DVD Release Date: August 14th, 2001

R |2 hr 11 min

Plot Summary

Vassili (Jude Law) is a young Russian sharpshooter who becomes a legend when a savvy polical officer (Joseph Fiennes) makes him the hero of his propaganda campaign. Their friendship is threatened when both men fall in love with a beautiful female soldier (Rachel Weisz). As the battle for the city rages, Vassili faces the ultimate challenge when the Nazi command dispatches its most elite marksman (Ed Harris) to hunt down and kill the man who has become the hope of all Russia.

Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Bob Hoskins, Ed Harris, Ron Perlman, Gabriel Marshall-Thomson, Eva Mattes

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Genres: Drama , War

Production Co: Swanford Films, Reperage, Little Bird, DOS, Mandalay Pictures, Paramount Pictures, KC Medien AG

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Intense, Passionate, Rivalry, 1940s, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    The sniper's life is a lonely one, full of shallow breathing and delayed gratification. Solitary as it is, Jude Law manages to get a little action in the bunkers of wartime Stalingrad in the ambitious but sometimes inadvertently silly Enemy at the Gates. show more

  • 75
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    A physically gorgeous production with a strong, clear conflict at its center. It's grueling but also exhilarating. Perhaps its ambitiousness is the film's biggest problem. Trying for dramatic sensitivity, historical scope, touching romance and shocking violence and suspense, it gets stretched too thin.

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It's remarkable, a war story told as a chess game where the loser not only dies, but goes by necessity to an unmarked grave. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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