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Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife's numerous objections, a man rises in the dead of night: he's a stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one's secret hopes come true. That night, he takes two people into the Zone: a popular writer who is burned out, cynical, and questioning his genius; and a quiet scientist more concerned about his knapsack than the journey. In the deserted Zone, the approach to the Room must be indirect. As they draw near, the rules seem to change and the stalker faces a crisis.
Release Date: October 20, 1982
Runtime: 163 mins
All Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: West Germany, Soviet Union
Colors: Color, Black and White, Color
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Buried.com Rating: 9.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S
MPAA Rating: PG
Aleksandr Kaidanovsky ...Stalker
Alisa Frejndlikh ...Stalker's Wife
Anatoli Solonitsyn ...Writer
Nikolai Grinko ...Scientist
Natasha Abramova ...Martha, Stalker's daughter
Faime Jurno ...
ye. Kostin ...
R. Rendi ...
- Writer: My conscience wants vegetarianism to win over the world. And my subconscious is yearning for a piece of juicy meat. But what do I want?
Writer: A man writes because he is tormented, because he doubts. He needs to constantly prove to himself and the others that he's worth something. And if I know for sure that I'm a genius? Why write then? What the hell for?
Stalker: [the wagon stops, the scene is in color now] We are home!
Stalker: The Zone wants to be respected. Otherwise it will punish.
Stalker: It is so quiet out here, it is the quietest place in the world.
- The insignia on the police officers' helmet features two letters: AT, the initials of the director, Andrei Tarkovsky.
The Zone of the film was inspired by a nuclear accident that took place near Chelyabinsk in 1957. Several hundred square kilometers were polluted by fallout and abandoned; of course there was no official mention of this forbidden zone at the time.
The original negatives were destroyed (by a processing error at the laboratory) and the film had to be shot again from scratch with a new director of photography.
It is said that the rushes of the first version of the film were kept by editor Lyudmila Feiginova in her home for years. They were destroyed by fire, that also claimed her life.
Towards the end of the movie, the Stalker's wife smokes cigarettes from a carton that bears the same AT (Andrei Tarkovsky) insignia as the policeman's helmet.
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