The Saratov Approach

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Saratov Approach
Directed byGarrett Batty
Produced byGarrett Batty
Jake Van Wagoner
Maclain Nelson
Jonathan Turner
Written byGarrett Batty
StarringCorbin Allred
Maclain Nelson
Nikita Bogolyubov
Alex Veadov
Music byRobert Allen Elliott
CinematographyJeremy Prusso
Editing byConnor O'Malley
StudioThree Coin Productions
Saratov Films
Release dates
  • October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09)
Running time107 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Russian
 
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Saratov Approach
Directed byGarrett Batty
Produced byGarrett Batty
Jake Van Wagoner
Maclain Nelson
Jonathan Turner
Written byGarrett Batty
StarringCorbin Allred
Maclain Nelson
Nikita Bogolyubov
Alex Veadov
Music byRobert Allen Elliott
CinematographyJeremy Prusso
Editing byConnor O'Malley
StudioThree Coin Productions
Saratov Films
Release dates
  • October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09)
Running time107 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Russian

The Saratov Approach is an 2013 dramatic thriller film about a 1998 kidnapping of two Mormon missionaries in Russia. It entered a limited release on October 9, 2013, in Utah. The success of the film means that it is now released in the entire Mormon Corridor.[1] On January 10, 2014, the film entered a limited released in the entire nation,[2] and has received both critical and commercial success.[3]

Plot[edit]

The movie is about the 1998 kidnapping of the two Mormon missionaries, Andrew Lee Propst and Travis Robert Tuttle in Saratov, Russia.[4] The kidnappers wanted US$300,000 ransom from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[5] For five days the two missionaries were handcuffed and held captive in a small room. When no ransom materialized, the men were driven to a field and released.[6][7]

Reviews[edit]

The Salt Lake Tribune praised the film.[8] It was also praised by Deseret News[9] and Meridian Magazine.[10] The Standard-Examiner called this film "one of the best in the Mormon film genre".[11] In the Bloggernacle, A Motley Vision gave the movie a B+[12] and the Mormon Movie Guy gave the movie a A-; saying: "The Saratov Approach isn't just great Mormon cinema, it's great cinema, period. It skillfully contrasts the darkness of greed and desperation with the ultimate light of compassion and courage. Even though faith in Christ is a key theme, this is a great human story that people will be uplifted by regardless of their beliefs."[13]

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