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The Sacrifice (1986)
"Offret" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  November 1986 (USA)
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At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return.


(as Andrei Tarkovskij)


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Credited cast:
Allan Edwall ...
Guðrún Gísladóttir ...
Maria (as Guðrún S. Gísladóttir)
Sven Wollter ...
Valérie Mairesse ...
Filippa Franzén ...
Tommy Kjellqvist ...
Per Källman ...
Tommy Nordahl ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tintin Anderzon ...
Helena Brodin ...
Birgit Carlstén ...
Jane Friedmann ...
Martin Lindström ...


Alexander, a journalist and former actor and philosopher, tells his little son how worried he is about the lack of spirituality of modern mankind. In the night of his birthday, the third world war breaks out. In his despair Alexander turns himself in a prayer to God, offering him everything to have the war not happen at all. Written by Gert de Boer

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$300,653 (USA)

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Final film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. See more »


[first lines]
Alexander: Come here and give me a hand, my boy.
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Before end credits: "This film is dedicated to my son Andriosha - with hope and confidence. Andrei Tarkovskij" See more »


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The unquantifiable price of sacrifice.
16 November 2004 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Behold, a torrential spew of superlatives; "Sacrifice captivates the heart." "Sacrifice stirs the soul" "Sacrifice devastates as well as it rehabilitates" get my drift...

An almost mythic blend of haunting imagery, rich audio cues and astounding performances, this masterwork of introspection spins a sublime poem on the conundrums of faith, unconditional love, the nature of reality and the very meaning of sacrifice. I cannot help but be moved me truly, madly, deeply.

By the time a boy rests by a lonesome tree, I realized few films will come close to injecting me with such revelatory euphoria. The Sacrifice shall be as close a religious epiphany as this "sinner" is ever gonna get. Sigh...

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