Escape from Sobibór

Escape from Sobibór

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Director: Jack Gold

Cast: Alan Arkin, Joanna Pacula, Rutger Hauer

     
 

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During WWII, Sobibor was a notorious Nazi death camp. This gripping, fact-based drama chronicles the courage of an inmate who managed the largest escape from such a place. Thanks to him, over 300 prisoners were freed.See more details below

Overview

During WWII, Sobibor was a notorious Nazi death camp. This gripping, fact-based drama chronicles the courage of an inmate who managed the largest escape from such a place. Thanks to him, over 300 prisoners were freed.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This 1987 TV miniseries tells the true story of imprisoned Jews who devise and execute an elaborate escape plan. The production is gripping throughout. The setting is a Nazi extermination camp in a forest near the Polish village of Sobibór. There, 250,000 Jews, mostly from Poland and Russia, died in five gas chambers during the camp's operation between May 1942 and October 1943. The story engrosses the audience the moment the principal characters arrive at the camp and suffer brutal treatment by SS and Ukrainian guards. Only captives with useful skills are spared; the rest proceed to the gas chambers. In time, the traumatized prisoners, led by Leon Feldhendler (Alan Arkin), decide to escape -- but how? Then, Russian soldiers under the command of Alexander Percherski (Rutger Hauer) arrive as prisoners, throw in with Feldhendler, and provide the technical and military know-how to hatch an escape plan. Arkin and Hauer both perform brilliantly as co-leaders of the uprising, the largest and most successful of its kind in World War II. Simon Gregor as Shlomo Szmajzner also deserves high praise for his portrayal of a callow boy who learns how to cozen his Nazi captors and eventually kill them. The suspense builds gradually. Then the film explodes with action. Knives, axes, and guns give the Nazis their due as communication lines are cut and prisoners run hell-bent for freedom. Escape From Sobibór is one of the best escape films made about World War II.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2008
UPC:
0089218557599
Original Release:
1987
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[Colorized]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
69,730

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Arkin Leon Feldhendler
Joanna Pacula Luka
Rutger Hauer Lt. "Sasha" Pechersky
Hartmut Becker Sgt. Wagner
Jack Shepherd Itzhak Lichtman
Emil Wolk Samuel
Simon Gregor Stanislaw "Shlomo" Szmajzner
Robert Gwilym Chaim Engel
Kurt Raab Sgt. Frenzel
Hugo Bower Sgt Beckmann
Klaus Grunberg Sgt. Bauer
Wolfgang Bathke Sgt. Hurst
Henning Gissel Sgt. Fallaster
Henry Stolow Lt. Niemann
Ullrich Haupt Sgt. Wolf
David Miller Mundek
Ned Vukovic Morris
Sara Sugarman Naomi
Peter Jonfield Kapo Sturm
Mihailo "Misa" Janketic Kapo Berliner

Technical Credits
Jack Gold Director
Howard Alston Co-producer
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Radmila Ivatovic Makeup
Priscilla John Casting
Keith Palmer Editor
Reginald Rose Screenwriter
Martin Starger Executive Producer
Allan Starski Production Designer
Ernest Vincze Cinematographer
Doreen Watkinson Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Escape from Sobibor
2. Chapter 2 [:05]
3. Chapter 3 [:05]
4. Chapter 4 [:05]
5. Chapter 5 [:05]
6. Chapter 6 [:05]
7. Chapter 7 [:05]

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