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The Boxer and Death (1963)

Boxer a smrt (original title)
In a Nazi concentration camp, an escapee awaiting execution is spared when the commandant, a former prize-fighter, discovers the prisoner has amateur boxing ability. Ordered to train, he gradually sharpens his skills.

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Credited cast:
Stefan Kvietik ...
Manfred Krug ...
Valentina Thielová ...
Helga
Józef Kondrat ...
Venzlak
Edwin Marian ...
Willi
Gerhard Rachold ...
Holder
Jindrich Narenta ...
Dr. Gluk
Edmunt Ogrodzinski ...
Stasek
Jan Bobek ...
Emil (as Janusz Bobek)
Ján Kovácik
Zdenek Kraus ...
Ondro
Ludovit Ozabal ...
Marian
Magda Gödöle ...
Halina
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German soldier
Leopold Haverl
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In a Nazi concentration camp, an escapee awaiting execution is spared when the commandant, a former prize-fighter, discovers the prisoner has amateur boxing ability. Ordered to train, he gradually sharpens his skills.

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A Great Boxing Movie
21 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Boxer a smrt" is one of the greatest boxing movies ever made. It kind of reflects the old boxing saw that the "good big man will always beat the good small man." We can predict from the opening credits that the concentration camp commander is not nearly as good of a boxer as the prisoner. Yet, it is very interesting to watch the spectacle of the two men with dramatically different stations in the concentration camp meeting and then taking up the gloves against each other.

Kopinek (played by Stefan Kvietik) initially cannot last a round. Eventually he looks pretty damn good on his feet. The wonder of this film is that Kraft (i.e., Manfred Krug), in the interest of "sport", allows Kopinek to get stronger and to actually fight back. However, Kraft is a cold-blooded killer and we never know how far Kopinek can go until the film's end.


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