Doctor Zhivago
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Doctor Zhivago

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Director: David Lean

Cast: David Lean, Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay


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Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago covers the years prior to, during, and after the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of poet/physician Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif). In the tradition of Russian novels, a multitude of characters and subplots intertwine within the film's 197 minutes See more details below

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Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago covers the years prior to, during, and after the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of poet/physician Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif). In the tradition of Russian novels, a multitude of characters and subplots intertwine within the film's 197 minutes (plus intermission). Zhivago is married to Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin), but carries on an affair with Lara (Julie Christie), who has been raped by ruthless politician Komarovsky (Rod Steiger). Meanwhile, Zhivago's half-brother Yevgraf (Alec Guinness) and the mysterious, revenge-seeking Strelnikoff (Tom Courteney) represent the "good" and "bad" elements of the Bolshevik revolution. Composer Maurice Jarre received one of Doctor Zhivago's five Oscars, with the others going to screenwriter Robert Bolt, cinematographer Freddie Young, art directors John Box and Terry Marsh, set decorator Dario Simoni, and costumer Phyllis Dalton. The best picture Oscar, however, went to The Sound of Music.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Matthew Johnson
The master of epics David Lean found the perfect source material in Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak's phonebook-thick novel about the Russian Revolution, and the director turned in a tragic romance worthy of being considered alongside his classics The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia. Set in Russia during World War I and the fateful days of 1917, the film follows Dr. Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif), a well-respected poet as well as physician, and his true love, Lara (Julie Christie) as they struggle to hold onto each other in an era when life has become meaningless. Introduced before the war by the despicable cad Komarovsky (Rod Steiger), Yuri and Lara follow separate paths, only to be reunited during the Russian retreat from the front. Both married, they deny their love for one another and part, but they return to a world that has changed drastically: Lara discovers that her husband, the revolutionary scholar Pasha (Tom Courtenay), has become a ruthless general for the Red Army, adopting the name Strelnikov. Yuri returns to find his aristocratic home turned into a commune, and he and his wife Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin) soon must seek refuge in the countryside. The changes in their lives soon drive Yuri and Lara into each other's arms, seeking to live in happiness, if only briefly. Years later, Yuri's brother Yevgraf (Alec Guiness) tries to piece together their tragic story. Adapted for the screen by Robert Bolt (who also wrote Lawrence and A Man for All Seasons), Doctor Zhivago takes full advantage of its cataclysmic setting to push the limits of its love story. Once you've seen the film, it's hard to imagine again hearing the film's haunting "Lara's Theme" without feeling a slight lump in your throat. The close-captioned VHS Special Edition features a new digital transfer; newly remixed Dolby sound; an introduction by Sharif; 2 vintage documentaries, and a trailer.
All Movie Guide
Russia in winter has never looked more alluring. Neither have Omar Sharif or Julie Christie. As a love story played out against the background of a sweeping march of historical events, Doctor Zhivago is comparable to Gone With the Wind. Adapted from a complex novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago follows the tribulations of a Moscow doctor (Sharif) exiled by the Bolsheviks for writing poetry and separated from his true love (Christie). Director David Lean does for snow what he did for sand in his previous epic, Lawrence of Arabia. One of the most popular love stories ever filmed, Doctor Zhivago was nominated for 10 Oscars and won 5, though it lost Best Picture to The Sound of Music. Overly long at three-hours-plus, it's chock full of terrific images and gorgeous landscapes, to which the story at times becomes secondary. It's remembered by many viewers for the haunting love song, "Lara's Theme."

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Product Details

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Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

Commentary by Omar Sharif, Rod Steiger and Sandra Lean; New commemorative tow-part 45th anniversary retrospective Doctor Zhivago: A Celebration

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Omar Sharif Yuri Zhivago
Julie Christie Lara
Tom Courtenay Pasha Strelnikov
Geraldine Chaplin Tonya
Rod Steiger Komarovsky
Alec Guinness Yevgraf
Siobhan McKenna Anna
Ralph Richardson Alexander Gromeko
Rita Tushingham The Girl
Jeffrey Rockland Sasha
Bernard Kay Bolshevik
Klaus Kinski Kostoyed
Gerard Tichy Liberius
Noel Willman Razin
Geoffrey Keen Prof. Kurt
Adrienne Corri Amelia
Jack MacGowran Petya
Mark Eden Young Engineer
Erik Chitty Old Soldier
Roger Maxwell Beef-Faced Colonel
Wolf Frees Comrade Yelkin,Delegate
Gwen Nelson Comrade Kaprugina,Female Janitor
Lucy Westmore Katya
Lili Murati Train Jumper
Peter Madden Political Officer
Jose Maria Caffarel Militiaman
Inigo Jackson Major
Maria Martin Gentlewoman
José Nieto Priest
Tarek Sharif Yuri at age 8
Emilio Carrer Mr. Sventytski
Luana Alcaniz Mrs. Sventytski
Katherine Ellison Raped Woman
Maria Vico Demented Woman

Technical Credits
David Lean Director
Robert Bolt Screenwriter
John Box Production Designer
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Eddie Fowlie Special Effects
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Carlo Ponti Producer
Winston Ryder Sound/Sound Designer
Norman Savage Editor
Dario Simoni Set Decoration/Design
Roy Stevens Asst. Director
Pedro Vidal Asst. Director
Freddie Young Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Doctor Zhivago - Part 1
1. Overture [4:23]
2. Credits [2:50]
3. Yevgraf and Tonya [6:09]
4. Laid to Rest [3:11]
5. The Balalika [2:49]
6. Strangers On a Train [2:13]
7. Lara and Pasha [2:10]
8. Yuri and Lara [4:08]
9. The Demonstration [1:57]
10. Komarovsky [3:13]
11. Ended Dissent... [5:45]
12. Tonya Comes Home [2:07]
13. Pasha and the Gun [2:54]
14. "You'll Always..." [3:30]
15. Suicide Attempt [5:55]
16. Yuri Sees Lara [3:22]
17. Plain Speaking [3:41]
18. Brute Force [2:32]
19. The Christmas Party [5:31]
20. Interwoven Destinies [2:21]
21. Ringing Sorrow [1:46]
22. War's Toll [4:02]
23. Deserters Meet... [3:49]
24. "Are You a Nurse?" [2:25]
25. No More Czars [4:02]
26. Understood [3:00]
27. Farewells [2:43]
28. Full House [2:23]
29. "The Stove's Out" [3:56]
30. Pilfering Firewood [2:20]
31. Brothers Zhivago [3:18]
32. Boarding the Train [2:51]
33. The Only Free Man [2:09]
34. Disinfecting [3:35]
35. Another Passenger [3:26]
36. "Strelnikov!" [1:49]
37. Intermission [:57]
Disc #1, Side B -- Doctor Zhivago - Part 2
38. Entr'Acte [1:56]
39. Through the Urals [1:42]
40. With Strelnikov [5:42]
41. Varykino [3:30]
42. One of the People Too [2:31]
43. No Going Back [2:10]
44. Spring (Lara's Theme) [2:41]
45. Reunited [4:57]
46. Between Two Women [5:10]
47. Conscripted [2:48]
48. Soldiers to Schoolboys [3:25]
49. Turning Back [4:34]
50. Yuriatin... and Lara [4:08]
51. Tonya's Letter [2:44]
52. Komarovsky's Help [5:40]
53. Return to Varykino [3:23]
54. Writing Again [6:52]
55. Strelnikov's End [3:52]
56. Final Farewell [2:02]
57. A Mother's Duty [1:14]
58. Yuri's Last Glimpse... [3:23]
59. Yevgraf's Last Glimpse... [1:14]
60. A Gift [2:43]
61. Cast List [1:44]

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