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The Saratov Approach (2013)




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Inspired by actual events, THE SARATOV APPROACH is the extraordinary, untold story of Elders Travis Tuttle and Andrew Propst and their week-long abduction in Saratov, Russia. On what seemed like any other day during their two-year LDS missions, Elders Travis Tuttle (Corbin Allred) and Andrew Propst (Maclain Nelson) are approached by Nikolai (Nikita Bogolyubov) to meet a friend. But then the missionaries experience the unimaginable -- kidnapped, beaten, and held for ransom for nearly a week -- on the other side of the world in Saratov, Russia. While their family, friends and the world pray for their safe return, Tuttle and Propst are tested physically, emotionally and most of all -- spiritually. (c) Saratov Films

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Jennifer Erekson
as Mary Propst
Bruce Newbold
as Lee Propst
Peggy Matheson
as Donna Tuttle
Paul Mulder
as Roy Tuttle
Brett Merritt
as Mark Larsen
Bart Johnson
as Senator Smith
Jay Z
as Agent Ross
Rocky Meyers
as Agent Miller
Brit Server
as Agent Garza
Dale Dixon
as News Anchor
William Rubio
as News Anchor
Eduard Dzafarov
as Saratov Branch President
Tanja Savchenko
as Saratov Branch President's Wife
Marian Maskal
as Saratov Directions Neighbor
Jake Van Wagoner
as Russian Drunk
Patrick Quinn
as Russian Truck Driver
Sergei Dengin
as Russian Passenger
Yuriy Davidovich
as Saratov Couple on Wall
Lyuda Lazorenko
as Saratov Couple On Wall
Arthur Kalchev
as Saratov Neighbor
Nick Alamo
as Saratov Neighbor
Tonya Domanchuk
as Saratov Street Contacts
Pasha Terebov
as Saratov Street Contacts
Helena Bas
as Saratov Street Contact
Ana Havel
as Saratov Street Contacts
Anna Pravedna
as Saratov Street Contacts
Kate Zabolena
as Saratov Street Contacts
Oleg Nemirovsky
as English Students/Saratov Congregation
Nina Mikhaylenko
as English Students/Saratov Congregation
Vladimir Yakymchuk
as English Students/Saratov Congregation
Daniel Yukhimets
as English Students/Saratov Congregation
Ilia Kuharchuk
as English Students/Saratov Congregation
Maxim Podmokov
as English Students/Saratov Congregation
Alyosha Durov
as English Students/Saratov Congregation
Anzhela Chornomor
as English Students/Saratov Congregation
Vera Bordyuzha
as English Students/Saratov Congregation
Sveta Kirpach
as English Students/Saratov Congregation
Larisa Lihatskaya
as English Students/Saratov Congregation
Tina Wu
as Church Goer
Darren Williams
as Church Goer
Jeremy Prusso
as Church Goer
Nathan Hawkins
as Propst Supporter
Jacey Miller
as Propst Supporter
Merrill Nielson
as Propst Supporter
Austin Wilson
as Propst Supporter
Joshua Badger
as Propst Supporter
Ean Aubrey
as Propst Supporter
Kathy Carter
as Field Reporter
Bob Carter
as News Camerman
Dennis Butler
as Melchizedek Priesthood Holder
Bryan Orme
as Yellow Ribbon Youth
Alyssa Orme
as Yellow Ribbon Youth
Israel Bonilla
as Yellow Ribbon Youth
Josh Orme
as Yellow Ribbon Youth
Zach Orme
as Yellow Ribbon Youth
Chandra Orme
as Yellow Ribbon Youth
Emma VanWagoner
as Airport Traveler
Annabelle VanWagoner
as Airport Traveler
Henry VanWagoner
as Airport Traveler
Jonathan Turner Smith
as Airport Traveler
Alaina Tramell
as Airport Traveler
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Critic Reviews for The Saratov Approach

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

In so many ways the film would be more interesting if it were more ambitious, but on its own terms it is surprisingly strong.

January 30, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Uneven acting, some trite dialogue and several overplayed emotional beats flatten instead of round out the storytelling here.

January 9, 2014 | Full Review…

The final result is suspenseful, faith-promoting and very entertaining.

November 29, 2017 | Full Review…

There's not as much suspense as the premise suggests, thanks to a bloated middle section that's more concerned with religious reflection than practical negotiation.

January 31, 2014 | Full Review…

A riveting tale that affirms the faith of the already converted without insulting the intelligence of the skeptic who primarily wants a high-caliber movie.

October 25, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Saratov Approach

Might have a bit too much of a religious slant for some folks, but I still found the true life story of Mormon Missionaries kidnapped in Russia to be compelling, thrilling and touching.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


This dramatic thriller was all about religion, and if you are a non-believer, simply skip it! Written and directed by Garrett Batty it stars Corbin Allred, Maclain Nelson, Nikita Bogolyubov and Alex Veadov. The movie is about the 1998 kidnapping of the two Mormon missionaries, Andrew Lee Propst and Travis Robert Tuttle in Saratov, Russia. The kidnappers wanted US$300,000 ransom from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but nobody wanted to pay the ransom for different reasons. 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. Doesn't sound too exciting, especially when we all know the outcome of the story... but, there was suspense in the movie, excitement, and very believable acts and results of the faith of the young men. At the time, this event was a significant international incident, but the director wisely chooses to focus its time on the missionaries and their captors. Some blamed a limited budget for it, but the important story really is what is happening within that relationship where they both slowly make their way through a barrage of emotions, confronting fears of their captors and their own mortality, and slowly coming to understand the role their faith will play in their predicament. Please, do not dismiss this movie because it falls into the category of Mormon cinema, and the well-tread subcategory of missionary movies that is so prominent within it. Check it out and you will see that director Garrett Batty's effort is very solid. I didn't like the hand-held camera work and the intense original soundtrack, but the locals from The Salt Lake Tribune praised the film. Some of the scenes were not very impressive, they were executed rather like a routine, but they are countered by most of the emotional scenes of Allred and Nelson re-creating those days of captivity. Not a bad viewing!

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

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