Overall Rank: 220
Average Rating: 3.2/4
# of Ratings: 102
Theatrical Release Date: 10/20/1982
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Actors: Aleksandr Kajdanovsky, Alisa Frejndlikh, Natasha Abramova, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko, Faime Jurno
Plot: A man with mental gifts risks imprisonment by going out at night to the "zone" guarded by barb wire and soldiers from an Alien race.
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Matthew Brady - wrote on 04/28/2017
"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" is a disturbing masterpiece from brilliant Tarkovsky. The movie really scared the hell out of me for some reason. The dreamlike atmosphere and the intentional slow scenes, sets up this unnatural feeling I've never had before. It's visual poetry of both desire and dullness in Tarkovsky world. You could say it's the grey version of "The Wizard of Oz".
mitchellyoung - wrote on 06/07/2011
Like most Tarkovsky films, Stalker raises all kinds of issues about spirituality, the psyche, and human emotions. The pseudo-post-apocalyptic setting is fascinating, but it is the thoughtful undercurrent of dialogue that distinguishes the movies as a "thinking" sci-fi film. Needs a second and third viewing to fully understand.
GGauthier - wrote on 08/10/2007
The stalker is that man that you don't pay attention to. Because he's so common... so... mediocre. In a way of speaking. BUT... he has this ability. Same happend with some of us. We seem to be normal but we end up surrounded by the best. And, this man leads to what it seems gather the very foundations of human being. A writer and a scientist :0) The movie is hypnotic. The music is involving it's like an ivy. The shots are marvelous, just as Tarkovsky has used to. Awesome script and hopeful ending makes this masterpiece the best sci-fi movie ever to me.
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SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/28/2018
Slowly following the masterful filmography of the best Soviet director since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Stalker is the cinematic project we should encounter. This time, Tarkovsky leaves aside the strongly spiritual Catholic influence he applied in Andrey Rublyov (1966), the philosophical approach of the insignificant effect of the human being in the Universe he depicted in Solyaris (1972) and the patriotically nostalgic approach he used in Zerkalo (1975) for the sake of the Russian nation. The final result is quite possibly the most ignored precursor of the cyberpunk genre, engaging by its own merits and as ambitious as the questionings of the meaning and origin of life. Stalker is truly one of the first films of its kind, influential because of its technical aspects but never equaled because …
memento_mori - wrote on 12/17/2013
To have seen the film Stalker is to have learned something new about life.
I have seen many films in my life, but I don't think I've seen a film quite like what people consider Andrei Tarkovsky's finest feature, Stalker.
It's more of a journey than a motion picture. It takes you places you would never have expected it to take you, because the man behind what you are seeing orchestrates one of the greatest messages you may ever witness. By choosing to show or not show something, Tarkovsky creates something none of us may ever completely comprehend.
To analyze this film would be way too difficult, because it is without a doubt the most complicated film I have ever seen. Not in the technical sense where all logical pieces combine eventually, like in Memento, but in the fact that this …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/27/2012
"After all, everything has some sense. Sense and reason." Rarely can you see a sci-fi flick that is both profound, psychological and gripping without the usage of expensive, high-tech special effects, relentless action or popular artists these days . A slow burner at the beginning which builds-up tension throughout the peculiar exploration that will leave you breathless and thinking in the end. One requires time, patience and appreciation of the premise to fully comprehend the beauty of the picture. The Stalker (Alexander Kaidanovsky) is a knowledgeable guide who can bring people to "The Room" where people can make their innermost desires come true. The room is located in "The Zone" where it is heavily guarded by the military, two individuals try to enter it with the Stalker. …
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