Vertical (1967 film)

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Directed byStanislav Govorukhin
Boris Durov
Written bySergei Tarasov
Nikolai Rasheyev
StarringVladimir Vysotsky
Gennadi Voropayev
Larisa Luzhina
Bukhuti Zakariadze
CinematographyAlbert Osipov
Edited byValeria Belova
Music bySofia Gubaidulina
Vladimir Vysotsky[1]
Release date
Running time
73 min
CountrySoviet Union

Vertical (Russian: Вертикаль) is a 1967 Soviet sports drama film directed by Stanislav Govorukhin and Boris Durov. With 32.8 million viewers it became one of the 1967 Soviet box office leaders (10th place among the Soviet-produced movies and 13th place it total).[2][3] The film was a directorial debut for both Govorukhin and Durov. It was also the first movie where Vladimir Vysotsky worked as a composer and songwriter.[4] His songs became extremely popular, they were immediately released on the extended play and gave a start to his musical career.[5][6]


The group of climbers led by an experienced Vitali Leonov went to Svaneti to conquer Mount Hor-Tau (fictional peak). Four go to the top and the bottom, in the camp, are radio operator Vladimir and physician Larisa. Volodya receives a message regarding an incoming storm and passes it to the group, but one of the climbers hides this important information from his comrades. The climbers reach the top, but on the way back down they are caught in a snow storm. The conquerors face a difficult way back to base camp.


  • Vladimir Vysotsky - Volodya
  • Gennady Voropayev - Gennady
  • Larisa Luzhina - Larissa
  • Georgiy Kulbush - Lomov
  • Margarita Kosheleva - Rita
  • Alexander Fadeev - Sasha Nikitin
  • Bukhuti Zakariadze - Vissarion
  • M. Anuchrinov
  • L. Gliseyev
  • L. Kakhilin
  • Sh. Mareklin


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