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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)

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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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The Internationale
Lyrics by Eugène Pottier
Music by Pierre De Geyter
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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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