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Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 31 December 1965 (USA)
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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Liberius (as Gerard Tichy)
Noel Willman ...
Razin
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Storyline

During the Russian Revolution, Yuri Zhivago, is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father's suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar, who has been having an affair with her mother's lover, Victor Komarovsky, an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, however, ends up marrying his cousin, Tonya. But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites. Written by Jwelch5742

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A Love Caught in the Fire of Revolution See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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31 December 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doktor Živago  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$111,722,000 (USA)
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| (1999 re-release) | (1992 re-release)

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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

David Lean's first choice for the title role was Peter O'Toole who declined, citing the grueling experience of having made Lawrence of Arabia (1962) with Lean. This created a rift between the two that was never fully healed. See more »

Goofs

When Yuri is bored on a cold, winter day, his wife and father-in-law encourage him to go to Uriati, to the library. Uriati is not that far from where he lives. When he arrives in Uriati and meets Lara again, it is autumn there, with leaves blowing in the wind and even some green grass, before Lara takes him up to her home. There is not an ounce of snow in this nearby town. See more »

Quotes

Komarovski: I think you do. There's another kind. Not high-minded, not pure, but alive. Now, that your tastes at this time should incline towards the juvenile is understandable; but for you to marry that boy would be a disaster. Because there's two kinds of women. There are two kinds of women and you, as we well know, are not the first kind. You, my dear, are a slut.
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Referenced in Red Dawn (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude in G minor, Op.23-5
(1901) (uncredited)
Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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There are some things that we just can't get over.
25 July 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Omar Sharif remains indelibly associated with Dr. Yuri Zhivago, a Russian physician-poet who participates in the Bolshevik Revolution, only to have political history affect him against his will. Julie Christie is beautiful as ever as Lara Antipova, Zhivago's true love.

"Doctor Zhivago" certainly pulled off a coup by showing the conditions that led to the revolution: the czar's despotic rule, the crushing poverty, and forced conscription (especially since the generals cared nothing about the men under their command). Then, of course, the Russian people thought that they would have a workers' society, but it didn't turn out that way. The theme song "Lara's Theme" kept the movie going every step of the way. Maybe not the greatest historical drama of all time, but this is a movie that I recommend to everyone.


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