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The Boxer and Death (1963)

Boxer a smrt (original title)
In a Nazi concentration camp, an escapee awaiting execution is spared when the commandant, a former prize-fighter, discovers the prisoner has amateur boxing ability. Ordered to train, he gradually sharpens his skills.

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Peter Solan

Writers:

Józef Hen (story), Józef Hen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Stefan Kvietik ... Jan Komínek
Manfred Krug ... .Sturmbannführer Walter Kraft
Valentina Thielová ... Helga
Józef Kondrat ... Venzlak
Edwin Marian Edwin Marian ... nemecký voják Willi
Gerhard Rachold Gerhard Rachold ... Hauptsturmführer Holder
Jindrich Narenta ... Dr. Gluch
Edmund Ogrodzinski Edmund Ogrodzinski ... Stasek
Jan Bobek Jan Bobek ... Emil (as Janusz Bobek)
Ján Kovácik Ján Kovácik ... Blokový
Zdenek Kraus Zdenek Kraus ... Ondro
Ludovit Ozabal Ludovit Ozabal ... Marian
Magda Gödöle Magda Gödöle ... Halina (as Magda Gödölleová)
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Storyline

In a Nazi concentration camp, an escapee awaiting execution is spared when the commandant, a former prize-fighter, discovers the prisoner has amateur boxing ability. Ordered to train, he gradually sharpens his skills.

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Genres:

Drama | Sport

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Details

Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech | German

Release Date:

12 April 1963 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boxer See more »

Filming Locations:

Nováky, Slovakia See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on the life of boxer Tadeusz Pietrzykowski, who survived the concentration camps in Auschwitz and Neuengamme by performing in fights for the amusement of the SS guards. See more »

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Remade as Triumph of the Spirit (1989) See more »

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A Great Boxing Movie
21 February 2005 | by cafescottSee all my reviews

"Boxer a smrt" is one of the greatest boxing movies ever made. It kind of reflects the old boxing saw that the "good big man will always beat the good small man." We can predict from the opening credits that the concentration camp commander is not nearly as good of a boxer as the prisoner. Yet, it is very interesting to watch the spectacle of the two men with dramatically different stations in the concentration camp meeting and then taking up the gloves against each other.

Kopinek (played by Stefan Kvietik) initially cannot last a round. Eventually he looks pretty damn good on his feet. The wonder of this film is that Kraft (i.e., Manfred Krug), in the interest of "sport", allows Kopinek to get stronger and to actually fight back. However, Kraft is a cold-blooded killer and we never know how far Kopinek can go until the film's end.


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