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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1970)

 -  Drama  -  7 December 1970 (Sweden)
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Fly-on-the-wall treatment of an ordinary day in the life of a prisoner in Stalin's Gulag. Closely adapted from Solzhenitsyn's classic novel based on his own experiences. Shot entirely on ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Espen Skjønberg ...
Tiurin
Alf Malland ...
Fetiukov
Frimann Falck Clausen ...
Senka
Jo Skønberg ...
Gopchik
Odd Jan Sandsdalen ...
Eino
Torstein Rustdal ...
Vaino
James Maxwell ...
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Alfred Burke ...
Alyosha
Eric Thompson ...
Tsetzar
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Pavlo
Matthew Guinness ...
Kilgas
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Fly-on-the-wall treatment of an ordinary day in the life of a prisoner in Stalin's Gulag. Closely adapted from Solzhenitsyn's classic novel based on his own experiences. Shot entirely on location in northern Norway. Written by Anonymous

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[Ivan is told the Communist Party has decreed the sun reaches zenith one hour after noon.]
Ivan Denisovich: Can they even tell the sun what to do?
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It gave me chills
24 December 2001 | by (Lakewood, WA) – See all my reviews

This movie is has a serious visual impact. I still feel chilled to the bone and very hungry every time I think about this film. A very realistic portrayal of life in the Soviet prison camp system. I understand that the film was shot where the temperatures were in the 20 degrees F and that Tom Courtney had gone on a serious diet before filming. It is very sobering to see this almost emaciated actor with his breath freezing in front of his face. The scene in the mess hall of the meager diet of the prisoner will leave you with hunger pangs.

I'm surprised this film has not received more attention. It has been a long time since I have seen this movie, so I cannot remember how well developed the plot was. However, this is one of only a handful of films that made me feel like I was there.


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