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Doctor Zhivago (1965)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 31 December 1965 (USA)
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The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.

Director:

David Lean

Writers:

Boris Pasternak (novel) (as Boris Leonidovic Pasternak), Robert Bolt (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Sharif ... Yuri Andreyevich Zhivago
Julie Christie ... Lara
Geraldine Chaplin ... Tonya Gromeko
Rod Steiger ... Victor Komarovsky
Alec Guinness ... Yevgraf
Tom Courtenay ... Pasha Antipov
Siobhan McKenna ... Anna
Ralph Richardson ... Alexander
Rita Tushingham ... The Girl
Jeffrey Rockland Jeffrey Rockland ... Sasha
Tarek Sharif Tarek Sharif ... Yuri at 8 Years Old
Bernard Kay ... The Bolshevik
Klaus Kinski ... Kostoyed
Gérard Tichy ... Liberius (as Gerard Tichy)
Noel Willman ... Razin
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Storyline

During the Russian Revolution, Dr. Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif) is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father's suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar (Julie Christie), who has been having an affair with her mother's lover, Victor Komarovsky (Rod Steiger), an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, however, ends up marrying his cousin, Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin). But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites. Written by Jwelch5742

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature themes | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Mikhail Gorbachev allowed the source novel to be published in Russia in 1988, as part of his "glasnost" policy. See more »

Goofs

When Yuri gets off a trolley and enters a house, David Lean is reflected in the glass door. See more »

Quotes

Kostoyed Amourski: I'm a FREE man.
[He rattles the chains that mark him as slave labor]
Kostoyed Amourski: . I am the only free man on this train! The rest of you are CATTLE!
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Alternate Versions

In the original 1965 version, the film has a prolonged end title with just "Presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer" superimposed over a shot of water rushing out of the dam. For the 1999 re-release, the MGM line was removed and replaced with "Presented by Turner Entertainment Co." followed by restoration and sound remixing credits, also superimposed over the shot. See more »


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Prelude in G minor, Op.23-5
(1901) (uncredited)
Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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There are some things that we just can't get over.
25 July 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Omar Sharif remains indelibly associated with Dr. Yuri Zhivago, a Russian physician-poet who participates in the Bolshevik Revolution, only to have political history affect him against his will. Julie Christie is beautiful as ever as Lara Antipova, Zhivago's true love.

"Doctor Zhivago" certainly pulled off a coup by showing the conditions that led to the revolution: the czar's despotic rule, the crushing poverty, and forced conscription (especially since the generals cared nothing about the men under their command). Then, of course, the Russian people thought that they would have a workers' society, but it didn't turn out that way. The theme song "Lara's Theme" kept the movie going every step of the way. Maybe not the greatest historical drama of all time, but this is a movie that I recommend to everyone.


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Release Date:

31 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$111,721,910

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$111,920,684
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1999 re-release) | (1992 re-release)

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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