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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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The cast included one of Bergman's most well known actors, Erland Josephson. The film's production designer, Anna Asp, had won an Academy Award for the sumptuous décor of Bergman's Fanny and Alexander. It was filmed by Bergman's favourite cinematographer, Sven Nykvist. Additionally, one of Bergman's sons, Daniel, worked as a camera assistant. 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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Performed by Elin Lisslass, Karin Edvards Johansson, Tjugmyr Maria Larsson, o.a.
SR Records RELP 5017
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Beautiful, binding, and supremely terrifying.
14 November 2000 | by (San Mateo, CA) – See all my reviews

It is difficult to find words expressive enough for Tarkovsky's final--and perhaps greatest--work. One could briefly explain some of the plot, but that would mean nothing. This is a film that speaks of terror, of faith, and above all, of binding promises. An intellectual, living in a remote and beautiful cottage is celebrating his birthday with friends and family--when war is announced. Promises of life, and of death are the main premise of the film, and one cannot walk away from it. This is the sort of film that terrifies, ensnares, and draws you in, so that no matter what the moment, you cannot rip yourself away. Filmed with supreme skill and incredible beauty (every separate shot is breathtaking), this is a film that forces you to look at your life, your premises, and your entire evaluation of existence.

The question of liking or disliking this film is unimportant. Undoubtedly there will be people who will dislike it. But the one thing that is indeed impossible, is to remain indifferent to it.

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