The Voroshilov Sharphooter

[Ворошиловский стрелок]

(1999) Russia. NTV-Profit.

Directed by Stanislav Govorukhin.

Written by Aleksandr Borodianskii, Stanislav Govorukhin, and Iurii Poliakov. Based on Viktor Pronin's story "Women on Wednesdays." Cinematography by Gennadii Engstrem. Art Direction by Valentin Gidulianov. Music by Vladimir Dashkevich. Produced by Igor Tolstunov and Sergei Kozlov. Edited by Vera Kruglova. With Mikhail Ul'ianov, Anna Siniakina, Il'ia Drevnov, and Aleksei Makarov.

In Russian with English Subtitles.

Provincial pensioner Ivan Fedorovich, war veteran, former sharpshooter of the elite Voroshilov regiment, is determined to bring to justice the scoundrels who have raped his granddaughter. He goes to Moscow and beats the rug going from one department to another, without success. Having had his share of humiliation, the desperate old man declares war on the offenders and on the state. A sniper's gun becomes the tool of righteous vengeance.

— Catalogue, 1999 Open Russian Film Festival (Sochi), p. 8.

Stanislav Govorukhin was born in 1936 in the Perm region and grew up in Kazan. He studied geology in the 1950s. In 1967 he graduated from the directing department of the All-Union State Filmmaking Institute (VGIK). In addition to directing, he has acted in many films, including Kira Muratova's Among the Grey Stones and Sergei Solov'ev's Assa. He has also written scripts for his own and other directors' films. In 1996 he was elected to the Russian State Duma, where he chaired the Duma Committee on Culture.

Selected Filmography:
1979The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed
1981The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
1985Searching for Captain Grant
1987Ten Piccaninnies
1989Champagne Bubbles
1990This Is No Way to Live
1992The Russia We Lost
1993Alexander Solzhenitsyn (video)
1994The Great Criminal Revolution (video)
1999The Voroshilov Sharphooter