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Doctor Zhivago (1965)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  31 December 1965 (USA)
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The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Siobhan McKenna ...
Rita Tushingham ...
The Girl
Jeffrey Rockland ...
Tarek Sharif ...
The Bolshevik
Gérard Tichy ...
Liberius (as Gerard Tichy)
Noel Willman ...


Lara inspires lechery in Komarovsky (her mother's lover who is a master at surviving whoever runs Russia) and can't compete with passion for the revolution of the man she marries, Pasha. Her true love is Zhivago who also loves his wife. Lara is the one who inspires poetry. The story is narrated by Zhivago's half brother Yevgraf, who has made his career in the Soviet Army. At the beginning of the film he is about to meet a young woman he believes may be the long lost daughter of Lara and Zhivago. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature themes | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 December 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doktor Schiwago  »

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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)


$111,722,000 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (1999 re-release) | (1992 re-release)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Caine tells in his autobiography that he also read for Zhivago, but after watching the results with David Lean, was the one who suggested Omar Sharif. See more »


Director David Lean reflected in the glass door as Yuri gets off a trolley and enters a house. See more »


Liberius: Comrade Doctor, I need a medical officer.
Zhivago: I'm sorry, I have a wife and child in Varykino.
Razin, Liberius' Lieutenant: ...and a mistress in Yuriatin.
Liberius: [laughs] Comrade Medical Officer, we are Red partisans, and we SHOOT deserters!
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The Internationale
Lyrics by Eugène Pottier
Music by Pierre De Geyter
[Sung by crowd in the street]
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User Reviews

A Grand and Elegant Entertainment
13 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago" is a classic film, one that will live on as long as their are films. There are scenes in this movie that will invariably become

indelibly etched in the viewers imagination: The opening funeral march through the vast Siberian landscape, the grandeur of the Czarist Russian palaces, the march of the revolutionaries through the Moscow boulevards, the train ride

straight out of Dante's Inferno, the Ice-covered interior of the Zhivago country estate (a truly magical moment in the film), the wealth of beauty captured in the cinematography of this film is astonishing. Julie Christie's Lara is one of those great screen personas--she becomes a woman of such mysterious beauty. The

final scene of Yuri's desperate attempt to reach her in the crowded Soviet

Moscow is heartbreaking. And that music score! The opening film credits with Jarre's genuinely beautiful music, complete with balalaikas sets the mood for this great, grand entertainment. One of the best ever!

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