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Director:
Writers:
Boris Pasternak (novel) (also as Boris Leonidovic Pasternak)
Robert Bolt (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 December 1965 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The entertainment event of the year! See more »
Plot:
Life of a Russian doctor/poet who, although married, falls for a political activist's wife and experiences hardships during the Bolshevik Revolution. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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stands the test of time See more (243 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Omar Sharif ... Yuri

Julie Christie ... Lara

Geraldine Chaplin ... Tonya

Rod Steiger ... Komarovsky

Alec Guinness ... Yevgraf

Tom Courtenay ... Pasha
Siobhan McKenna ... Anna

Ralph Richardson ... Alexander
Rita Tushingham ... The Girl
Jeffrey Rockland ... Sasha
Tarek Sharif ... Yuri at 8 Years Old

Bernard Kay ... The Bolshevik

Klaus Kinski ... Kostoyed
Gérard Tichy ... Liberius (as Gerard Tichy)
Noel Willman ... Razin
Geoffrey Keen ... Medical Professor

Adrienne Corri ... Amelia

Jack MacGowran ... Petya
Mark Eden ... Engineer at Dam
Erik Chitty ... Old Soldier
Roger Maxwell ... Beef-Faced Colonel
Wolf Frees ... Delegate
Gwen Nelson ... Female Janitor
Lucy Westmore ... Katya
Lili Muráti ... The Train Jumper (as Lili Murati)
Peter Madden ... Political Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luana Alcañiz ... Mrs. Sventytski (uncredited)
Assad Bahador ... Colonel of Dragoons (uncredited)
José María Caffarel ... Militiaman (uncredited)
Emilio Carrer ... Mr. Sventytski (uncredited)
Catherine Ellison ... Raped Woman (uncredited)
Pilar Gómez Ferrer ... (uncredited)
Víctor Israel ... Hospital Inmate (uncredited)
Inigo Jackson ... Major (uncredited)
Gerhard Jersch ... David (uncredited)
Jari Jolkkonen ... Siberian Boy (uncredited)
Leo Lähteenmäki ... Siberian Husband (uncredited)
María Martín ... Gentlewoman (uncredited)
José Nieto ... Priest (uncredited)
Ricardo Palacios ... Extra (uncredited)

Ingrid Pitt ... Extra (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Kostoyed (voice) (uncredited)
Mercedes Ruiz ... Tonya at 7 (uncredited)

Aldo Sambrell ... (uncredited)
Virgilio Teixeira ... Captain (uncredited)
Brigitte Trace ... Streetwalker (uncredited)
María Vico ... Demented Woman (uncredited)
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Directed by
David Lean 
 
Writing credits
Boris Pasternak (novel "Doctor Zhivago") (also as Boris Leonidovic Pasternak)

Robert Bolt (screenplay)

Produced by
Arvid Griffen .... executive producer
Carlo Ponti .... producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Freddie Young (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Norman Savage 
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
John Box 
 
Art Direction by
Terence Marsh 
 
Set Decoration by
Dario Simoni 
 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
 
Makeup Department
Anna Cristofani .... hair stylist (as Anna Christofani)
Grazia De Rossi .... hair stylist (as Gracia de Rossi)
Mario Van Riel .... makeup artist (as Mario van Riel)
 
Production Management
John Palmer .... production supervisor
Agustín Pastor .... production manager (as Agustin Pastor)
Douglas Twiddy .... production manager
Stanley Goldsmith .... production manager (uncredited)
Tadeo Villalba .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Rossotti .... second unit director
Roy Stevens .... assistant director
Pedro Vidal .... assistant director
Peter Beale .... second assistant director (uncredited)
José María Ochoa .... assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ernest Archer .... assistant art director
Fred Bennett .... construction
William Hutchinson .... assistant art director (as Bill Hutchinson)
Gus Walker .... construction
Roy Walker .... assistant art director
José María Alarcón .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Benjamín Fernández .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Mickey Lennon .... chargehand dressing prop: Spain (uncredited)
Julián Martín .... painter (uncredited)
Mickey O'Toole .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Gil Parrondo .... associate art director (uncredited)
Wallis Smith .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Paddy Cunningham .... sound recordist
Winston Ryder .... sound editor
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Franklin Milton .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
A.W. Watkins .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Eddie Fowlie .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Gerald Larn .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Manuel Berenguer .... photographer: second unit
Ernest Day .... camera operator
Miguel Sancho .... chief electrician
Anthony Busbridge .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
John Crawford .... clapper loader (uncredited)
John Crawford .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Kenneth Danvers .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jim Dawes .... grip (uncredited)
Jim Kane .... grip (uncredited)
John Kerley .... clapper loader: second unit (uncredited)
Dennis C. Lewiston .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Anthony B. Richmond .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Nicolas Roeg .... cinematographer: some scenes (uncredited)
Alex Thomson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Kenneth J. Withers .... focus puller (uncredited)
Ted Worringham .... camera maintenance (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
John Grover .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice Jarre .... conductor: original music
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: balalaika (uncredited)
Maurice Jarre .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barbara Cole .... continuity
Hugh Miller .... dialogue coach
Andrew Mollo .... consultant (uncredited)
Julián Benito Navarro .... equine consultant (uncredited)
Lee Turner .... continuity: second unit (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for mature themes (re-rating) (1995)
Runtime:
197 min | UK:192 min (1999 re-release) | UK:193 min | UK:200 min (1992 re-release)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints) | DTS (re-release) (35 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm optical prints) | 6-Track Stereo (Linear PCM)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:X (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Japan:PG-12 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | Norway:16 | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2008) | UK:PG (video rating) (1992) (1999) (2008) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | UK:A (original rating) (1966) | USA:PG-13 | USA:Approved (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (1995) | USA:GP (re-rating) (1971) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Yvette Mimieux and Jane Fonda were rejected for the part of Lara.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The book on the table in front of Tonya changes position and its cover rises a bit when Yevgraf sits down.See more »
Quotes:
Pasha:The private life is dead - for a man with any manhood.
Zhivago:I saw some of your 'manhood' on the way at a place called Minsk.
Pasha:They were selling horses to the Whites.
Zhivago:It seems you've burnt the wrong village.
Pasha:They always say that, and what does it matter? A village betrays us, a village is burned. The point's made.
Zhivago:Your point - their village.
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Soundtrack:
Prelude in G minor, Op.23-5See more »

FAQ

What did Lara's mother drink when she tried to commit suicide?
What dishes did Komarovsky and Lara order in the ritzy restaurant?
Did Lara name her lost daughter after Yuri's wife Tonya?
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
stands the test of time, 18 October 2006
Author: mukava991 from United States

David Lean's Doctor Zhivago is a fine and stirring epic which has stood the test of time. One baseless criticism which pops up again and again dwells on..... Julie Christie's sixties bangs!! To me they were cinematic shorthand for "schoolgirl," which her character was at the outset of the plot. For those hung up on hair, the really noticeable sixties styles in this film can be seen elsewhere: Early in the film, as Zhivago is conferring with his professor at medical school, we see a group of female medical students in the background with teased bouffants. Later, at a Christmas party many of the female extras are adorned with the same anachronistic coiffure (this is supposed to be 1912 Moscow!). As to bangs, one can find, for instance, photos of the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova from around the same period with very obvious "sixties" bangs. Bangs have been around to one degree or another, whether in vogue or not, since there has been hair. Case closed.

Another worthless criticism: It's too slow, too long. Phooey. Some movies have to be slow and long to tell a big, detailed story.

If one is going to criticize this film, I suggest the following: 1. Screenwriter Robert Bolt's kneading of the characters' lives into the progression of the Russian revolution is sometimes at odds with actual chronology, so that anyone familiar with this period cringes from time to time. In one scene, in order to identify for the viewer the historical point that has been reached, a character blurts out (I paraphrase, but only very slightly): "Lenin is in Moscow! Civil war has started!" Neither could have been true at that moment in the narrative. Bolt could have polished his distillation of the novel, but who, apart from direct participants, can ever know why such gaffes occur in high-pressure multi-million-dollar productions? 2. This is yet another movie about a writer, in this case a beloved but politically controversial poet, not a word of whose poetry is revealed to the audience (except for the title of one poem, "Lara," after the woman he loves). Other major movies, including Julia (1977) and Wonder Boys (2000) also commit this offense. Ironically, one exception is the campy and rather dreary Isn't She Great (2000), about trash novelist Jacqueline Susann, which actually explores the act of writing! 3. The physical reproduction of the era is uneven. Some moments are too clean. One example: When Zhivago slides open the door of the ostensibly foul-smelling box car in which he and his family have been traveling for weeks packed alongside filthy, probably lice-ridden passengers, he looks too healthy, scrubbed and well rested. This and other moments stand out because they occur in the context of innumerable convincing depictions such as mud-filled wartime trenches, a looted and vandalized city mansion, or a half-frozen refugee tramping stiffly over the ice of a frozen lake. 4. It is said that Russian viewers laugh at the onion-domed house where the lovers hide from the Bolsheviks. Russian churches have onion domes, they say, but not houses. Granted. But I'd like to think that the person who built this particular house was an eccentric and got away with the concept because the house was in an isolated rural area away from the prying eyes of the "architecture police."

In any case, the emotional truths underlying the occasional inadequate or wrongheaded representations register powerfully. The grand-scale perspective gives a sense of the tumult of the times; vivid and memorable casting choices keep us fascinated with the characters and concentrated upon them; you feel the terrible losses people suffered when history so rudely pulled the rug out from under them; you are reminded of the pitiless cruelty of war and the depths to which people in its grip can descend; and how despite the tragedies of our history, we go on no matter what. David Lean had a great gift for injecting bold images at just the right moment. And he had the same gift for the perfectly timed sound effect, often occurring at an edit point. At Zhivago's end one feels a tremendous sense of sadness and loss but hope for the future. Considering the international political climate of the time of its release, it treats the Russian Revolution with enough detachment to illuminate both sides of the political divide. In other words, it doesn't propagandize for either side.

This was the first major Hollywood treatment of the Russian Revolution, was still running in theatres around the world two and three years after its initial release, despite dismissals from most of the major film critics of the time. Its popularity came from word of mouth, i.e., from the public's genuine love of the story and its striking, technically expert presentation. Interestingly, Zhivago as a box office blockbuster was second only to The Sound of Music, released the same year. Both films told the story of individuals faced with historically recent Old World political upheavals (communism/fascism). Furthermore, the soundtrack album of each film took on a life of its own, selling millions of copies. And why not also add that central to the success of each film was an English actress named Julie (Christie as Lara/Andrews as Maria). How many times have you heard of or personally known a woman under 40 with the previously uncommon name of Lara? Guess why that name became popular in the 60's and afterward?

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