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The Fixer (1968)

M | | Drama | October 1969 (UK)
In Czarist Russia, around 1911, a Russian-Jewish handyman, Yakov Bok (Sir Alan Bates), is wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Bernard Malamud (novel), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bates ... Yakov Bok
Dirk Bogarde ... Bibikov
Georgia Brown ... Marfa Golov
Hugh Griffith ... Lebedev
Elizabeth Hartman ... Zinaida
Ian Holm ... Grubeshov
David Opatoshu ... Latke
David Warner ... Count Odoevsky
Carol White ... Raisl
George Murcell ... Deputy Warden
Murray Melvin ... Priest
Peter Jeffrey ... Berezhinsky
Michael Goodliffe ... Ostrovsky
Thomas Heathcote ... Proshko
Mike Pratt ... Father Anastasy
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Storyline

Set in Czarist Russia in 1911, and based on the true story of Russian-Jewish peasant Yakov Bok (Sir Alan Bates), 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. Written by alfiehitchie

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They accused him... They beat him... They condemned him... and after all that, they were more afraid of him than ever. See more »

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Drama

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M | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre de Kiev See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In his memoirs, David Lodge (Zhitnyak) says that Jack Gilford was completely cut from the final print, also Lodge's part was cut to the bone. See more »

Quotes

Bibikov: What is your own personal philosophy?
Yakov Bok: That life could be better than it is.
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Connections

Referenced in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »

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In these times of arrest without trial or evidence, this film strikes a chord.
6 October 2006 | by materialgeezaSee all my reviews

I came home from work after working a 24 hour shift and turned on the TV to find something mindless to numb my brain (ready to do the same thing tomorrow), and turned on this film, I had to watch it to the end. The story is simple enough, its the tale of someone who is wrongly accused of a crime in order to satisfy someones higher political manifesto but there's an ageless quality to it. I'm not particularly clued up on films or politics, and certainly not a critic but I have to say that in these times of arrest without trial or evidence, this film strikes a chord. This film highlights some of the best and worst aspects inherent to human nature, a truly remarkable work.


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