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Director:
Writers:
Thomas 'Toivi' Blatt (manuscript "From the Ashes of Sobibor")
Richard Rashke (book)
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Release Date:
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 »
User Reviews:
A well done TV-movie See more (69 total) »

Cast

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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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Continuity: When Sasha moves in to help the man dishing out food who was beaten, an SS officer points a luger at him but in the next scene when he fires in the air and tells everyone to go to work he is holding a Walther P-38.See more »
Quotes:
Stanislaw "Shlomo" Szmajzner:[on hearing that Sobibor is a death camp and his parents and sister are dead] You knew this, you knew and you didn't tell us.
Toivi Blatt:My parents are dead to. The sergeants, they said I wasn't to tell anyone, they'd kill me.
Stanislaw "Shlomo" Szmajzner:Our mother and our father and our sister, are murdered. Now I want to kill. I *will* kill!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Pianist (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A well done TV-movie, 26 November 2006
Author: Artdoag2 (Ocn169@aol.com) from New Jersey

I first watched this movie several years ago cuz it had Rutger Hauer in it, and I had liked his performance in Blade Runner. I had also taken a liking to Schindler's List, and I was aiming to explore similar movies dealing with the WW2 death camps (and there's only a handful of them out there).

There are some scenes that could have used some polishing up, or seem to have been prepared too hastily. I am under the impression that not enough time was given to developing the Nazi camp staff; we know that they're evil, but a bit more attention to their personalities and specific roles in the camp wouldn't have hurt. I would have like to have seen more focus on Sasha's (Hauer's character) fellow captive soldiers and their involvement in the escape preparation.

Escape from Sobibor certainly "shows" itself as a 1980s made-for-TV production, in terms of filming techniques and a lower-budget kind of feel. Nevertheless, the interaction between Hauer and Alan Arkin (the civilian leader of the escape) is solid, and the supporting characters (especially the guy who looks a lot like Fred Ward) come across as very likable. The death camp looks eerily authentic and resembles images I have seen in history books and documentaries. The concerns of life and death voiced by the Jews truly hits home, and the final 15 minutes of the escape are emotionally striking. The narration which describes the fates of some of the key survivors of the ordeal perfectly brings the movie to a close.

I give Escape from Sobibor a 7 because of its honest and poignant subject matter. If you haven't seen it, definitely give it a look.

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