Enemy at the Gates

Enemy at the Gates (Stalingrad in France and L'Ennemi aux portes in Canada) is a 2001 war film directed, co-written and produced by Jean-Jacques Annaud, based on William Craig's 1973 nonfiction book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad, which describes the events surrounding the Battle of Stalingrad in the winter of 1942–43.[6] The screenplay was written by Annaud and Alain Godard. The film's main character is a fictionalized version of sniper Vasily Zaitsev, a Hero of the Soviet Union during World War II.[7] It includes a snipers' duel between Zaitsev and a Wehrmacht sniper school director, Major Erwin König.

Enemy at the Gates
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud
Written byJean-Jacques Annaud
Alain Godard
Based onEnemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad
by William Craig
Produced byJean-Jacques Annaud
CinematographyRobert Fraisse
Edited byNoëlle Boisson
Humphrey Dixon
Music byJames Horner
Mandalay Pictures
Repérage Films
Distributed byParamount Pictures (United States)
Pathé Distribution (United Kingdom and France)
Constantin Film (Germany)
Summit Entertainment (International)[1]
Release date
  • March 16, 2001 (2001-03-16)
Running time
131 minutes[2]
CountriesUnited States
United Kingdom
Budget$68 million[5]
Box office$97 million[5]

The cast includes Jude Law as Zaitsev, Rachel Weisz as Tania Chernova, and Ed Harris as König, with Joseph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins, Ron Perlman, Eva Mattes, Gabriel Marshall Thomson, and Matthias Habich in supporting roles.

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