Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago

Director: Giacomo Campiotti Cast: Keira Knightley, Hans Matheson, Sam Neill
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Doctor Zhivago

Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning novel of love and betrayal amidst the Soviet Revolution is given a new interpretation for the small screen in this made-for-television adaptation. Yury Zhivago (Hans Matheson) is a young man who is sent to live with his aunt and uncle, Anna and Alexander Gromeko, (Celia Imrie and Bill Paterson) after his father takes his own life as a result of the machinations of his corrupt business partner, Victor Komarovsky (Sam Neill). As Zhivago grows to manhood and studies to be a physician, he falls in love with his cousin Tonya (Alexandra Maria Lara), but one day he sees a beautiful woman and immediately becomes deeply infatuated. Zhivago learns that the woman in question is Lara Guishar (Keira Knightley), whose mother is the lover of Komarovsky. Eventually, Zhivago marries Tonya, and Lara weds Pasha Antipov (Kris Marshall), a passionate Bolshevik. As World War I breaks out, Zhivago once again crosses paths with Lara, who has become a combat nurse and is searching for her missing husband. After Zhivago is severely wounded, Lara nurses him back to heath, and along the way the two fall deeply in love. However, after the end of the war, the reality of Zhivago's marriage to Tonya puts a halt to their romance, and the explosive impact of the Soviet Revolution changes the shape and character of the land they knew, especially when Lara discovers that her husband is not dead, but has become a powerful and calculating leader of the new regime. Doctor Zhivago had its American debut on the acclaimed PBS anthology series Masterpiece Theatre.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2013
UPC: 0054961887798
Original Release: 2002
Source: Acorn Media

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keira Knightley Lara Antipova
Hans Matheson Yury Zhivago
Sam Neill Victor Komarovsky
Kris Marshall Pasha Antipov/Strelnikov
Alexandra Maria Lara Tonya Gromyko Zhivago
Daniele Liotti Misha Gordon
Celia Imrie Anna Gromyko
Bill Paterson Alexander Gromyko
Maryam D'Abo Amalia Guishar
Hugh Bonneville Andrey Zhivago
Anne-Marie Duff Olya Demina
Sam MacLintock Little Yury

Technical Credits
Giacomo Campiotti Director
Andrew Davies Screenwriter
Maria Djurkovic Production Designer
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Blasco Giurato Cinematographer
Andy Harries Executive Producer
Anne Pivcevic Producer
Joe Walker Editor

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Doctor Zhivago 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Vovo More than 1 year ago
When I first watched the original Dr. Zhivago, Lara's Theme started driving me wild after two hours of dah dah dah dah nan nan nan nan nan nan...I felt that the first film, while devastatingly epic and mesmorizing, was lacking in conversation and character developement while excedingly abundant in Russian scenerey. Therefore, I was excited to hear that there was a newer adaption to the classic novel. I loved it! Hans Matheson did a marvelous job at becoming the dashing Dr. Zhivago-romantic poet and conflicted lover. Keira Knightley was perfectly casted, as she always has been. She morphed into Lara-the caged dove. Suffice it to say, both adaptions were terrific and helped me to understand another culture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The original was perfect-why even bother redoing it?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. Everything about it is wonderful- acting, cinematagraphy, music and storyline. This version of the movie is very different than the original 1960's one, and although I preffered this, both are good in their own way. Hans Matheson is especially excellent as Yuri Zhivago and makes you really feel for his character. After seeing this on Masterpiece Theatre I couldn't wait for it to come out on dvd so I could watch it again. See this movie you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The miniseries treatment is suited to Doctor Zhivago, the sprawling Boris Pasternak novel of a Russian physician-poet whose comfortable life is upended by the Revolution. And this near-four-hour British production lucidly demonstrates that Pasternak was one heck of a storyteller: the torment of Zhivago (Hans Matheson) as he must choose between his well-bred childhood sweetheart (Alexandra Maria Lara, real comer) and the tragically beautiful Lara (Keira Knightley) remains compelling. The TV treatment can't match the epic sweep of David Lean's feature film, of course, with its cast of thousands and astonishing production design. Devotees of the 1965 version will undoubtedly yearn for Maurice Jarre's tinkly hit &quot Lara's Theme,&quot too here, Ludovico Einaudi's score is serviceable by comparison. Matheson never gets untracked in the title role, but the uncannily gorgeous Knightley and a supremely decadent Sam Neill (as her dreadful seducer) keep their characters vital. The limitations of the small screen duly noted, the frosty location shooting is handsome. Given the choice, see the Lean film on the big screen every time but this is sturdy introduction to a classic story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago