Sergei Bondarchuk directs this epic adaptation of Mikhail Sholokov's Nobel Prize-winning novel. Rupert Everett stars as the Cossack, Grigory Melekhov, and the film follows his colourful life from just before the First World War, through the Bolshevik Revolution and on to the Russian Civil War. Although the filming took place in 1992-1993, the final edit was not completed until 2006. Originally shown as a seven-part miniseries on Russian television, this is the shorter version designed for international release. Delphine Forest, F. Murray Abraham and Ben Gazzara co-star.