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?
Page ninety-six of Steve Martin
's memoir "Born Standing Up", relates a story in which openly Communist Dalton Trumbo's daughter tells Martin: "He has a screenplay due in four days, and he hasn't started in yet." This is in reference to her father writing this movie at the last minute. See more
What is your own personal philosophy?
That life could be better than it is.