Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Starring: Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz
Genres: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
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Vassili Zaitsev: He doesn't know you exist, but at that moment you're closer to him than anyone else on earth. You see his face through the sign. You see whether he shaved or not. You can see whether he's married if he's got a wedding ring. It's not like firing at a distant shape. It's not just a uniform. It's a man's face. Those faces don't go away. They come back and they get replaced by more faces.
When the map of the German advance is shown, Switzerland is shown to be taken over. Switzerland was never invaded by the Germans.
The film is based upon William Craig's book of the same name, yet the entire movie is based upon a sniper duel that covers no more than two pages of the entire book. German army historical records never mention an elite sniper named "Major Koenig" hunting Vassili Zaitsev at Stalingrad.