The film combines two storylines: the main war drama plot is paralled with vivid artistic performance - the fighter squadron doubles as an amateur musical group during rest time, led by its enthusiastic commander turned conductor. The title comes from two scenes in the film, where the squadron is facing very hard dogfights with German fighter planes, so only "old men" are sent up, while those fresh from flying school have to wait on the ground together with the mechanics. Soon, of course, the newcomers have replaced most of those veterans and have become "old men" themselves, taking to the skies while a new group of newcomers wait on the ground with the mechanics. Read more on Wikipedia.
|Genre:||Comedy, Drama, War|
|Produced By:||Marina Lopatyonok, Oleksandr Novichenkov, Igor Lopatonok|
|Directed By:||Leonid Bykov|
|Written By:||Yevgeni Onopriyenko, Leonid Bykov, Aleksandr Satsky|
|Cast:||Evgeniya Simonova, Boris Boldyrevskiy, Viktor Stepanenko, Lyudmila Marchenko, Alim Fedorinsky, Aleksei Smirnov, Valentin Makarov, Aleksandr Milyutin, Vano Yantbelidze, Aleksandr Nemchenko, Valentin Grudinin, Anatoli Yurchenko, Sergei Podgornyj, Olga Mateshko, Vladimir Talashko, Leonid Bykov, Rustam Sagdullaev, Vlastimil Brodský, Gregory Hlady, Viktor Miroshnichenko, Yuriy Sarantsev, Vladimir Alekseyenko, Vladimir Volkov, Dmitri Mirgorodsky, Sergei Ivanov, Vilori Pashchenko|
|In Theaters:||Aug 12, 1974|
|Runtime:||1 hour 32 minutes|