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The Fixer (1968)

M | | Drama | October 1969 (UK)
In Czarist Russia, around 1911, a Russian-Jewish handyman, Yakov Bok, is wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime.



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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 Bok 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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They accused him... They beat him... They condemned him... and after all that, they were more afraid of him than ever. See more »




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October 1969 (UK)  »

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El hombre de Kiev  »

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First film adaptation from a Bernard Malamud novel. See more »


Bibikov: The law will protect you unless you're guilty.
[closes the door]
Yakov Bok: [shouting] Guilty of what?
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Referenced in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »

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Should have got the Oscar
29 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

A real Oscar winning performance by Bates.Beats me why he didn't get it!The whole story portrays the times in Russia so well with anti- semitisem as a way to keep away attention from the failings of the Csar and his evil government. A unique actor who really feels his part as can be told by Bates eyes which reflect that his soul is part of what he his doing unlike todays mimik actors.

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