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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1970)

Ivan Denisonvich (Tom Courtenay) is a Russian World War II hero captured by the Germans. Upon his return to Russia after the war, and during the Stalinist regime, he is sentenced to 10 ... See full synopsis »


Caspar Wrede
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Credited cast:
Tom Courtenay ... Ivan Denisovich
Espen Skjønberg Espen Skjønberg ... Tiurin
Alf Malland Alf Malland ... Fetiukov
Frimann Falck Clausen Frimann Falck Clausen ... Senka
Jo Skønberg Jo Skønberg ... Gopchik
Odd Jan Sandsdalen Odd Jan Sandsdalen ... Eino
Torstein Rustdal Torstein Rustdal ... Vaino
James Maxwell ... Captain
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Alyosha
Eric Thompson Eric Thompson ... Tsetzar
John Cording ... Pavlo
Matthew Guinness Matthew Guinness ... Kilgas
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Bjørnstad Roy Bjørnstad
Paul Connell Paul Connell
Sverre Hansen Sverre Hansen


Ivan Denisonvich (Tom Courtenay) is a Russian World War II hero captured by the Germans. Upon his return to Russia after the war, and during the Stalinist regime, he is sentenced to 10 years at hard labor in Siberia for being captured. The film shows one day in his life in the prison camp.

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Release Date:

26 November 1970 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

En dag i Ivan Denisovitsj' liv See more »

Filming Locations:

Røros, Norway See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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[Ivan is told the Communist Party has decreed the sun reaches zenith one hour after noon.]
Ivan Denisovich: Can they even tell the sun what to do?
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As depressing as the book.. a true work of art..read the book first
23 December 2001 | by jake-87See all my reviews

I searched long and hard for a copy of this film and when I found it.. I was not disappointed. Depressing, dark, heavy, without hope.. Just like the book was written to make you feel! I wanted the film to end... release me... but I could not turn the VCR off. I was glued. No matter what your lot.. this film will make you feel glad you are not in that Hell-hole of a camp...You have your human dignity.

I have never seen a film that so closely follows the book from which it was adapted. Not adapted.. transcribed, almost word for word. The performances seen surreal, flat, hollow, lifeless. Not even an extra touch of art to shore up your sinking feelings as you plunge head first into utter hopelessness.

View this movie if you can find it... You will be happy you did.. and happier still when it is over. Your problems won't seem so bad!

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