March 1, 2007
Kino on Video
- B&W and Color
- Runtime: 163 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in Russian
- Released in English
Living in a debased landscape of the future, most people survive the pain of their stark, day-to-day existences by relying on faith. But in an area devastated by a meteorite, a place called "the zone," there is a special room where wishes may be granted if you have the strength to make the dangerous and illegal trek there -- and the courage to face the consequences of your desires and dreams. Men known as "stalkers" are the only mortals able to navigate this harrowing terrain.
A novelist and a scientist approach a stalker, one recently released from prison after serving a five year sentence for bringing people into the forbidden "zone". The stoic guide agrees to lead them to the ominous room, and the three begin an arduous journey into the center of the unknown.
On the way there, each argues with the other about the way he sees the world, and what, in these hard times, can still be of value to humankind. In the end, however, the room and its possibilities fill them with a paralyzing fear. And the men are struck dumb by the awesome responsibility of a transcendent power so close to their grasps.
A "stalker" attempt to lead a scientist and a writer through the dreaded area known as "The Zone," a surreal, symbolic wasteland created by a fallen meteorite.
Film was not submitted for an MPAA rating.
F.I. Tiutchev and Arseny Tarkovsky (the director's father) wrote the poetry used in the film.
The rest of the credits were in Russian and not translated.
The film's black-and-white sections are variously tinted in color and sepia tones. The sequences in "the zone" are filmed in color.
"Stalker" was shown on then-West German television, thanks to part-German financing of the film.