IMDb > Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Doctor Zhivago
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Doctor Zhivago (1965) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 37 | slideshow) Videos
Doctor Zhivago -- Omar Sharif stars in the title role as an orphaned youth who grows up to marry the daughter of his adoptive parents, but falls in love with a beautiful dressmaker.


User Rating:
8.0/10   52,786 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 7% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Boris Pasternak (novel) (also as Boris Leonidovic Pasternak)
Robert Bolt (screenplay)
View company contact information for Doctor Zhivago on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
31 December 1965 (USA) See more »
The entertainment event of the year! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 10 nominations See more »
(272 articles)
The Cut | Review
 (From ioncinema. 14 September 2015, 9:00 AM, PDT)

The top 20 underappreciated films of 1986
 (From Den of Geek. 26 August 2015, 11:10 AM, PDT)

Mitchum Stars in TCM Movie Premiere Set Among Japanese Gangsters Directed by Future Oscar Winner
 (From Alt Film Guide. 12 August 2015, 10:44 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Drowned in the Purity of Sentiment See more (246 total) »


  (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)

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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for mature themes (re-rating) (1995)
197 min | UK:192 min (1999 re-release) | UK:193 min | UK:200 min (1992 re-release)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:X (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (video rating) | 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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Many winter scenes were shot in the summer, when actors had to withstand temperatures climbing to 116 degrees while muffled in Russian furs. Costume designer Phyllis Dalton had to keep strict watch over the extras to make sure none of them were shedding layers of clothing to cool off. Omar Sharif would later note, "We had an army of make-up assistants who every two minutes came and dabbed you because we were sweating profusely."See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Director David Lean reflected in the glass door as Yuri gets off a trolley and enters a house.See more »
Zhivago:You lay life on a table and cut out all the tumors of injustice. Marvelous.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in It Might Get Loud (2008)See more »
Prelude in G minor, Op.23-5See more »


Is "Doctor Zhivago" based on a book?
When is the story set?
Who are the Bolsheviks?
See more »
110 out of 153 people found the following review useful.
Drowned in the Purity of Sentiment, 9 December 2004
Author: Ion Martea from London, UK

No wonder the highest directorial achievement for direction of the British Academy of Film and Television is named after David Lean. An artist who knew how to combine great performances, with breathtaking settings, haunting soundtrack, in order to create works of art that are to remain as pillars for the future generations of film-makers.

"Doctor Zhivago" is definitely one of his most outstanding works, a film that breathes with life, and suffers with passion. Neither, though, of the credited people can take as much credit for it, as David Lean. Omar Sharif delivers one of his best performances of his career, Julie Christie has never been as stunning, or Rod Steiger as Komarovsky or Tom Courtenay as Antipov ever left more memorable performances than these ones. Not even Maurice Jarre, who composed one of the most unforgettable themes in film history, or Robert Bolt, for his skillful adaptation on Pasternak's difficult novel, not even Freddy Young's cinematography, can rise above the vibration of genius, which is David Lean. We almost feel the complexity of the universe collapsing on us with a mad power that we instantly become part of it, and fall in love with all its particles.

For those who haven't seen the film, this might make little sense, and it can give a misleading understanding of what one is to expect. "Doctor Zhivago" is a poet, who at the beginning of the 20th Century is caught in the historical Bolshevik revolution. An outstanding doctor, married to his childhood friend, Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin in a warm performance), finds that there is beauty beyond deceit, love beyond commitment, by starting an affair with an enigmatic lady which appears often in his path in the most unnoticeable of moments. Their destiny is as confused as Russia in the turmoil started by the Reds, it is shaped by history without their approval. There is no solution for a country that abandoned its passions in its desire of self-improvement, just as for the two lovers, which find themselves abandoned in the middle of the Siberian taiga.

This is a slow film and for the good reasons. We are allowed to breathe the story, to give it momentum, and to judge it from within, as if the choices were not Yury's, Lara's or Tonya's, but our own creation. And this is the brilliance of Lean's direction. The story transcends time and space, and it melts within the triviality of our life. Beyond it, we are left with nothing but love, pure and blindingly real.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (246 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
The wife and kids fredcdobbsjr
Why is this film NOTconsidered one of the greatest films of all time? BanduDandu
book compared to movie tjohn75769
Klaus Kinski, his style and David Lean allthumbs
Chaplin/Tonya, or Christie/Lara? fnj2002
rip psdhart
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Sunshine The Best of Youth Persepolis Isadora Kings & Queen
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.