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15 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Enemy at the Gates

ENEMY AT THE GATES, Jude Law, 2001

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Don’t get caught in the crosshairs. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about Enemy at the Gates.

1. THE FILM IS BASED ON JUST THREE PAGES FROM A BOOK

Dueling snipers appeared in Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad.


2. BUT IT’S LARGELY FICTIONAL

The sniper’s duel between Zaitsev and Konig is pure fiction, in fact, Konig himself allegedly never really existed.


3. RUSSIAN VETERANS HATE IT

Some veterans of the battle depicted in the movie hated its inaccuracies so much they called on Russia to ban the film outright.


4. JUDE LAW WAS ADDED TO THE MIX BECAUSE OF A PREVIOUS ROLE

Director Jean-Jacques Annaud saw a preview screening of The Talented Mr. Ripley and sought out Law for a part in his movie.


5. IN CASTING, THE EYES HAD IT

Jude Law and Ed Harris were cast in part because of their piercing eyes.


6. BOTH LEAD CHARACTERS HAD SERIOUS FIREPOWER

Law’s character used a sniper variant of the Mosin-Nagant M91/30 rifle while Harris’s character used A Mauser Karabiner 98k Sniper Rifle.


7. THE LEADS WERE TRAINED BY EX SNIPERS

They taught the actors how to hold and shoot historically accurate rifles.


8. FINDING THE RIGHT SET WAS A WORLDWIDE PRODUCTION

The filmmakers scouted locations for the movie in 18 different countries.

9. THE PRODUCTION EVENTUALLY CREATED A NEW STALINGRAD

The producers ended up building a full-scale set in Germany as a stand-in for war-torn Stalingrad.


10. THE RIVER SEQUENCES WEREN’T SHOT ON RIVERS

The crossing-the-Volga sequence was shot in open mining ponds found by the production on the Polish/German border.


11. THE FILMMAKERS PREFERRED THE REAL THING TO CGI

Instead of CGI soldiers, up to 600 extras appeared in battle scenes.


12. THE FILMMAKERS WANTED THE BATTLES TO BE INTENSE

Stuntmen dressed as soldiers among the extras set off each explosion to help add to the random chaos of the battle sequences.


13. DESPITE ITS HISTORICAL INACCURACIES, IT WAS A COMMERCIAL SUCCESS

It’s the 13th highest grossing WWII movie of all time with over $96 million at the worldwide box office.


14. IT WAS HUGE FOR A NON-HOLLYWOOD PRODUCTION

At the time of release, the $90 million movie was the most expensive foreign-funded film ever made.


15. THE ENDING WAS CHANGED BECAUSE OF STUDIO NOTES

Spoiler: Tania was originally supposed to die, but the studio demanded the film’s conclusion be changed because it wanted a happy ending.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…