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Director:
Writers:
Thomas 'Toivi' Blatt (manuscript "From the Ashes of Sobibor")
Richard Rashke (book)
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12 April 1987 (USA) See more »
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During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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One of the Best Movies of Jews Concentration Camp in the Second World War See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alan Arkin ... Leon Feldhendler

Joanna Pacula ... Luka

Rutger Hauer ... Alexander 'Sasha' Pechersky

Hartmut Becker ... Sgt. Gustav Wagner

Jack Shepherd ... Itzhak Lichtman
Emil Wolk ... Samuel
Simon Gregor ... Shlomo

Linal Haft ... Oberkapo Porchek
Jason Norman ... Toivi Blatt
Robert Gwilym ... Chaim Engel
Eli Nathenson ... Moses Szmajzner
Kurt Raab ... Sgt. Frenzel
Eric P. Caspar ... Capt. Franz Reichleitner
Hugo Bower ... Sgt. Beckmann
Klaus Grünberg ... Sgt. Bauer (as Klaus Grunberg)
Wolfgang Bathke ... Sgt. Hurst
Henning Gissel ... Sgt. Fallaster
Henry Stolow ... Lt. Niemann
Ullrich Haupt ... Sgt. Wolf
Patti Love ... Eda
Judith Sharp ... Bajle
Ellis Van Maarseveen ... Selma
David Miller ... Mundek
Jack Chissick ... Hershel
Ned Vukovic ... Morris

Sara Sugarman ... Naomi
Peter Jonfield ... Kapo Sturm
Dijana Krzanic ... Esther
Irfan Mensur ... Kalimali
Zoran Stojiljkovic ... Boris
Svetolik Nikacevic ... Old Man
Mihailo 'Misa' Janketic ... Kapo Berliner (as Misa Janketic)
Dejan Cavic ... Kapo Spitz
Zlatan Fazlagic ... Weiss
Predrag Milinkovic ... Kapo Jacob
Svetislav Goncic ... Gardener

Howard K. Smith ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Jack Gold 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thomas 'Toivi' Blatt  manuscript "From the Ashes of Sobibor" (as Thomas Blatt)
Richard Rashke  book
Reginald Rose  teleplay
Stanislaw 'Shlomo' Szmajzner  book "Inferno in Sobibor" (as Stanislaw Szmajzner)

Produced by
Howard P. Alston .... co-producer (as Howard Alston)
Dennis E. Doty .... producer
James Eastep .... associate producer
Martin Starger .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Vincze  (as Ernie Vincze)
 
Film Editing by
Keith Palmer 
 
Casting by
Priscilla John 
 
Production Design by
Allan Starski 
 
Art Direction by
Vlastimir Gavrik 
 
Set Decoration by
Vlastimir Gavrik 
Milorad Kalanj 
 
Costume Design by
Doreen Watkinson 
 
Makeup Department
Radmila Todorovic .... makeup artist (as Radmila Ivatovic)
 
Production Management
Dragoljub Popovic .... production manager
Mihajlo Rasic .... unit manager (as Mihaljo Rasic)
Clive Reed .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Milan Lugomirski .... first assistant director
Mladen Maticevic .... assistant director: Yugoslavia
 
Art Department
Milorad Kalanj .... property buyer
Zivan Vlajic .... property master
 
Sound Department
Keith Batten .... boom operator
Markus Braack .... assistant sound recordist
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Brian Simmons .... sound mixer
Ralph Thiekötter .... adr recordist: Germany
Len Tremble .... foley editor
Ralph Thiekötter .... sound dubbing mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Zoran Djordjevic .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Tony Willis .... effects cameraman (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Atkinson .... second assistant camera
Gerard Donnelly .... gaffer
John Maskall .... camera operator
Nick Pearson .... camera grip
Martin Testar .... focus puller
Dobrivoje Zivotic .... electrician
 
Editorial Department
Peter Elliott .... dialogue editor
Joe Illing .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Graham Walker .... music producer
 
Other crew
Thomas 'Toivi' Blatt .... technical consultant (as Thomas Blatt)
Debbie Carter .... production coordinator
Cheryl Leigh .... continuity
Zivan Manojlovic .... armorer
Mihajlo Rasic .... location manager
Roberta Rose .... production representative
Stanislaw 'Shlomo' Szmajzner .... technical consultant (as Stanislaw Szmajzner)
Esther Terner-Raab .... technical consultant - survivor
Ned Vukovic .... dialogue director
 

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143 min | 120 min (DVD version)
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the death shower scene where a large number of naked women were led to the chambers, one of them could be seen keeping her bra and panties on.See more »
Quotes:
Naomi:Please, what are you going to do?
Sgt. Gustav Wagner:What do you think? There are no babies in Sobibor.
Naomi:Your going to kill her.
Sgt. Gustav Wagner:Because I'm in a good mood I'm going to let you live.
Naomi:Give me my baby!
Sgt. Gustav Wagner:I don't understand, I'm giving you a chance to live, it's quite unusual.
Naomi:[spits in Wagners face] I spit on your offer you Nazi bastard!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Pianist (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
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31 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best Movies of Jews Concentration Camp in the Second World War, 7 February 2004
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The uprising of the Jews in the death camp of Sobibor, with the escape of three hundred Jews, is brilliantly presented in this awesome movie. The excellent Alan Arkin performs Leon Feldhendler, a natural leader, organizing and motivating the prisoners. Rutger Hauer, in an excellent shape (in 1987), has also a marvelous performance as Alexander 'Sasha' Pechersky, a Russian POW. The gorgeous Joanna Pacula plays Luka, a very brave woman. The explanation of Leon to a new prisoner, why they should dance, play, laugh and make love after the execution of their families, is very touching and respectful. It is indeed an amazing lesson of survival. I have to confess that I am tired of corny movies like `The Pianist', which only shows disgrace and misery of some Jewish persons in the Second World War. We, viewers, are aware of the massacre of Jews in the WWII, but I note that this type of movie is becoming more brutal and explicit. Is it because the world society in 2004 can support watching such brutalities? Is it an adaptation of a historic fact to the violence of the present days? But `Escape From Sobibor' portraits Jews not only as passive victims going (or staying) in the slaughterhouse like a lambs, but also as a very brave people, fighting for survival. It does not mean that the brutality and sadism of certain SS officers is not shown, like the killing of the mother and her baby, or the shot of twenty-six defenseless prisoners, or the use of the whip by some German. But again, it is not explicitly shown as in some movies, with blood, pieces of brain etc., with the only intention of shocking the viewer more than necessary. All the cast has an outstanding performance. The direction is stunning: the scenes of the escape are very real. For example, when the desperate prisoners climbs the wire while escaping is very impressive. Just for reference, another excellent movie about this theme is Jon Avnet's `Uprising'. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil) `Fuga de Sobibor, O Campo do Inferno' (`Escape From Sobibor, the Hell Camp')

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