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The Fixer (1968)

M  -  Drama  -  8 December 1968 (USA)
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In Czarist Russia, around 1911, a Russian-Jewish handyman, Yakov Bog, is wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime.

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Yakov Bok
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Bibikov
Georgia Brown ...
Marfa Golov
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Lebedev
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Zinaida
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Grubeshov
David Opatoshu ...
Latke
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Count Odoevsky
Carol White ...
Raisl
George Murcell ...
Deputy Warden
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Priest
Peter Jeffrey ...
Berezhinsky
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Ostrovsky
Thomas Heathcote ...
Proshko
Mike Pratt ...
Father Anastasy
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Set in tsarist Russia around the turn of the century and based on a true story of a Russian Jewish peasant Yakov Bog who was wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime - the "ritual murder" of a Gentile child in Kiev. We witness the unrelenting detail of the peasant-handyman's life in prison and see him gain in dignity as the efforts to humiliate him and make him confess fail. Written by alfiehitchie

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This is "The Fixer" who didn't know he had courage...until courage was all he had left. See more »

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El hombre de Kiev  »

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In his memoirs, David Lodge says that Jack Gilford was cut totally from the final print, also Lodge's part was also cut to the bone. See more »

Quotes

Bibikov: The law will protect you unless you're guilty.
[closes the door]
Yakov Bok: [shouting] Guilty of what?
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a good look at an unfortunately forgotten part of history
10 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

When people think of anti-Semitism, they usually think of Hitler's Third Reich. But equally as bad was czarist Russia. In "The Fixer", Yakov Bok (Alan Bates) is a Jewish man who leaves the Pale (the area in Eastern Europe to which Jews were relegated) to work for someone. When they discover that he is a Jew, they imprison him on a trumped-up charge. Specifically, government bureaucrat Grubeshov (Ian Holm) believes that Jews are downright untrustworthy.

The movie also shows how Yakov has to hide his background once he leaves the ghetto. In one scene, he is about to have sex with aristocrat Zinaida (Elizabeth Hartman), but he realizes that she will see that he is circumcised, and so he leaves.

We can clearly see how anti-Semitic feelings were alive and well long before Hitler came to power. It's always important to remember these kinds of things.


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