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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:
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 »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Romance And Revolution See more (259 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)
Álvaro Marenco ... Militainman (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)
Joe Marks .... 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)
Tim Hutchinson .... draughtsman (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)
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)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barbara Cole .... continuity
Hugh Miller .... dialogue coach
Andrew Mollo .... consultant (uncredited)
Julián Benito Navarro .... equine consultant (uncredited)
Maciek Piotrowski .... title backgrounds (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:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Hong Kong:IIA (2016) | 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 (certificate #20824) (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (1995) | USA:GP (re-rating) (1971) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When David Lean told the studio that he wanted Maurice Jarre to provide the score, he was told, "Maurice is very good on sand, but I'm sure we have someone better on snow." Jarre, of course, won the Oscar for best original score for this film.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Yevgraf gives Tonya the book with poems, it has its author listed by initials only. He says that he's not the author and that Y. A. Zhivago stands for Yuri Andreevich Zhivago. But the book is clearly written in Cyrillic, and so Yevgraf's name starts with a letter "Ye", while Yuri's name starts with a letter "Yu", which are two different letters. Tonya couldn't possibly mistake Yevgraf for the poems' author.See more »
Quotes:
Gromeko:[Aghast wile reading newspaper] They've shot the Czar. And all his family.
[crumples newspaper]
Gromeko:Oh, that's a savage deed. What's it for?
Zhivago:It's to show there's no going back.
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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?
Was the woman that Yuri saw on the street supposed to be Lara?
Who are the Bolsheviks?
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36 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Romance And Revolution, 10 December 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

You really do miss something when you see a formatted version of Doctor Zhivago as I recently did. This is the kind of film that was made literally for the big screen. It's what epic movie making is all about.

I also think that you should see this on the big screen back to back with Warren Beatty's Reds. Two very opposite views of the Russian Revolution, one from the inside and one from the outside. You could have a very interesting discussion on which is which.

The title character, played by Omar Sharif, is Dr. Yuri Zhivago who is both doctor and poet. He was orphaned as a child and raised in the house of Ralph Richardson and Siobhan McKenna. He marries their daughter, Geraldine Chaplin who of course he loves, but naturally like a sister.

The real passion of his life is Julie Christie who is married to a committed Bolshevik in Tom Courtenay. Courtenay is also a guy, with shall we say, some issues. She loves him in her own way though and goes to search for him when he volunteers for the army to subvert it as the Bolshevik plan was when Russia entered World War I.

Christie meets Sharif at the front and the passion ignites. But all around them the society they knew and were brought up in is crumbling about them. Their story set against the background of the Russian Revolution is what Doctor Zhivago is all about.

Zhivago knows change was inevitable, the old order in Russia was ready to be toppled. But he's a poet and not one to let his art be subverted for the sake of the state. Fortunately he's also a doctor and his services are needed, in fact the Bolsheviks rather brutally insist on his accompanying one of their brigades as a medical officer.

I still remember as a lad the acclaim Boris Pasternak's novel got world wide when it was published while being banned in his home land. After winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pasternak died shortly thereafter. It's a pity he did not live to see this film, I think he would have approved.

From the deserts of Arabia to the steppes of Russia, David Lean certainly knew how to direct a film that involved vastness. Yet the people of his stories be it Lawrence of Arabia or Doctor Zhivago never get lost in the spectacle. Lean makes you care about the characters that Pasternak created, you get involved in the romance of Sharif and Christie, you want to know if they'll make it in this country undergoing revolutionary convulsions.

Other performances of note are Alec Guinness as Sharif's half brother Yevgeny Zhivago, a committed Bolshevik himself and Rod Steiger as the opportunistic Komorovsky.

Doctor Zhivago won a host of awards in several technical categories, strangely enough it wasn't nominated for Best Picture in 1965 though. It is a classic and even now with the Soviet Union a memory, I doubt if even a Russian made remake of Zhivago could equal what David Lean and his wonderful cast gave us in 1965.

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