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.
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?
Shelley Winters was originally intended to have a starring role. See more
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That life could be better than it is.