Set in tsarist Russia around the turn of the century and based on a true story of a Russian Jewish peasant Yakov Bok who was wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime - the "ritual murder" of a Gentile child in Kiev. We witness the unrelenting detail of the peasant-handyman's life in prison and see him gain in dignity as the efforts to humiliate him and make him confess fail.
They accused him... They beat him... They condemned him... and after all that, they were more afraid of him than ever.
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Did You Know?
John Frankenheimer wanted Richard Burton for the part of Yakov Bok. See more
The law will protect you unless you're guilty.
[closes the door
Guilty of what?