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The Fixer (1968)

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

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Bernard Malamud (novel), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)
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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 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. Written by alfiehitchie

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This is "The Fixer" who didn't know he had courage...until courage was all he had left. See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First movie adaptation from a Bernard Malamud novel. See more »

Quotes

Bibikov: It's not madness that turns the world upside down, it's conscience.
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Referenced in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »

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Terrific underrated drama from John Frankenheimer
18 July 2002 | by kucheekuSee all my reviews

When is John Frankenheimer going to get the recognition he deserves as a true original film artist? A number of his films are either barely released or completely unreleased (99 and 44/100% Dead, The Challenge, The Fourth War).

Many of Frankenheimer's films dealt with the fight for social justice and human compassion and The Fixer definitely falls into this category. Alan Bates is terrific as a Russian Jew who "passes" for Gentile and decides to work for an anti-Semite for money. He's later accused by the authorities of a child murder he did not commit and must endure endless torture by the Czarist Russians to keep from confessing. Frankenheimer's experience, directing many plays for Golden Age of Television shows like Playhouse 90, demonstrates perfectly that he can master effective facial close-ups and enhance the great dialogue. So few American films can be brave enough to actually talk about ideas without having to always resort to action to appease those out there with short attention spans. Well, Frankenheimer can deliver the action goods (note Ronin and The Train), but give him credit for embracing the influence of great foreign films' sense of introspection. The claustrophobic atmosphere of the prison is so immense that the final scene is one of the most exhilarating I've felt in quite a while. Credit Trumbo also with creating a hero who is not totally perfect by any means. Yakov Bok had not only betrayed his heritage by working for anti-Semites, but also, as we learn later, is out of touch with relating to his family. Dirk Bogarde is also quite good as Bok's defense counsel as is a young Ian Holm as a sadistic Russian official.


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