MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 11,333 this week

Testimony (1988)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 190 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 3 critic

The story of the great Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and his life and career during the rule of Stalin.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 94 titles
created 20 Mar 2011
 
a list of 64 titles
created 05 Jun 2011
 
a list of 125 titles
created 10 Mar 2012
 
a list of 747 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 32 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Testimony" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Testimony (1988)

Testimony (1988) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Testimony.

User Polls

2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A High powered NY litigator, hired to defend a murderer who avenged his young son's death, struggles with his own desires for success versus the moral wishes of his client to choose the ... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Amy Irving, Ryan Marsini
History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Tony Palmer
Stars: Simon Callow, Michael Ball, Rebecca Front
Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

The story about a man-sized frog named Prince Frederic who is turned into a frog by his wicked aunt Messina and hired by British Intelligence to solve the mysterious disappearances of some ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Acevski
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Jenny Agutter, David Ashton
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An American naval officer is recruited for an operation to eliminate his lookalike, the infamous terrorist Carlos The Jackal.

Director: Christian Duguay
Stars: Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland, Ben Kingsley
Lenin: The Train (TV Movie 1988)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

March 1917. The first world war is already a couple year to pace. A sealed train with Russian emigrants keeps on driving from Germany and Sweden to Saint-Petersburg. The outlaws stand under... See full summary »

Director: Damiano Damiani
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Leslie Caron, Dominique Sanda
Weapons of Mass Distraction (TV Movie 1997)
Comedy | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two media moguls get into a nasty power struggle for the ownership of a pro football team which takes a drastic effect on their personal and professional lives.

Director: Stephen Surjik
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Ben Kingsley, Mimi Rogers
Crime and Punishment (TV Movie 1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Ben Kingsley, Julie Delpy
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A drunken Sherlock Holmes is really just a cover for the real detective - Dr Watson.

Director: Thom Eberhardt
Stars: Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Jeffrey Jones
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves.

Director: Trevor Nunn
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, Imogen Stubbs
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Following the death of his family in an aeroplane crash, a man plots an elaborate revenge scheme on those responsible. By setting himself up as a criminal, he plans to get close to a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Tuchner
Stars: Barry Newman, Suzy Kendall, John Vernon
The War That Never Ends (TV Movie 1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The Peloponnesian Wars (Athens vs. Sparta for 27 years) told in the format of newsbroadcast-like monologues by Theucydides, Plato, and others

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: John Bennett, David Calder, Oliver Ford Davies
The Tale of Sweeney Todd (TV Movie 1997)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The fictional tale of the murderous 19th century barber (Ben Kinglsey) who sold his kills to a neighboring butcher (Joanna Lumley) for her renowned meat pies. A young innocent (Selina ... See full summary »

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Campbell Scott, Joanna Lumley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Sherry Baines ...
Nina Shostakovich
Magdalen Asquith ...
Galya Shostakovich
Mark Asquith ...
Maxim Shostakovich
Terence Rigby ...
...
...
Robert Reynolds ...
Brutus
...
Gargolovsky
Colin Hurst ...
Stalin's Secretary
Joyce Grundy ...
Stalin's Mother
Mark Thrippleton ...
Young Stalin
Liza Goddard ...
The English Humanist
Peter Woodthorpe ...
Alexander Glazunov
...
Edit

Storyline

The story of the great Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and his life and career during the rule of Stalin.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Language:

Release Date:

November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Zeugenaussage  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Last cinema film of William Squire. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The movie is not recognizable from Volkov's book of sarcasm!
6 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Volkov's book, by the same title, is a collection of sarcasms, unique to Russians, about living under the Soviet system. Except for use of sarcasm in the script, the book has no relationship to this very complicated movie. Some of these comments here, seem like they came from folks who have not read the book.

The movie is hard to categorize. I have never seen anything like it. Tony Palmer is a genius! I met Shostakovich in about 1960 when he attended, I think Meistersinger, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. From my impression of Shostakovich, I felt that Ben Kingsley had somehow studied the man and connected with him, Kingsley being as ideal as you would expect, such as his preparation and ability to portray Gandhi.

This movie is certainly for insiders; still there were a few things I didn't quite understand. I think perhaps the surreal moments had to do with the vanity of a pretentious society and it futility, such as his playing a keyboard on a raft in the fog and capsizing, or him walking among the clowns coming at you on the sidewalk.

Tony Palmer and Ben Kingsley got me very deep into the Shostakovich pathos and the conditions under which he survived, and I haven't been the same since.

The DVD has been released and there should be copies on eBay. I am disappointed that the DVD was not mastered from a better copy of the movie. I once had a pristine copy that I taped off of PBS. I loaned it to a noted conductor and never got it back.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is this DVD closed captioned or subtitled? Marcus4975
Question JuliaFan-1
Discuss Testimony (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?