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The Sacrifice (1986)

Offret (original title)
PG | | Drama | November 1986 (USA)
At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return.

Director:

Andrei Tarkovsky (as Andrei Tarkovskij)

Writer:

Andrei Tarkovsky (scenario)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Erland Josephson ... Alexander
Susan Fleetwood ... Adelaide
Allan Edwall ... Otto
Guðrún Gísladóttir ... Maria (as Guðrún S. Gísladóttir)
Sven Wollter ... Victor
Valérie Mairesse ... Julia
Filippa Franzén ... Marta
Tommy Kjellqvist ... Gossen
Per Källman Per Källman ... Ambulansförare
Tommy Nordahl Tommy Nordahl ... Ambulansförare
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tintin Anderzon ... (voice)
Helena Brodin ... (voice)
Birgit Carlstén ... (voice)
Jane Friedmann Jane Friedmann ... (voice)
Martin Lindström Martin Lindström ... (voice)
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Storyline

Alexander, a journalist and former actor and philosopher, tells his little son how worried he is about the lack of spirituality of modern mankind. In the night of his birthday, the third world war breaks out. In his despair Alexander turns himself in a prayer to God, offering him everything to have the war not happen at all. Written by Gert de Boer

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Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden | France | UK

Language:

Swedish | French | English

Release Date:

November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,696, 22 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$300,653
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film reflects Tarkovsky's respect for the Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[sub-titled]
Alexander: Come here and give me a hand, my boy.
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Crazy Credits

Before end credits: "This film is dedicated to my son Andriosha - with hope and confidence. Andrei Tarkovskij" See more »

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Soundtracks

Shingetsu
Performed by Watazumido-Shuso (Hotchiku flöjt)
The Everest Record Group 3289
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Tarkovsky's Final Masterpiece
18 February 2005 | by RobertF87See all my reviews

Andrei Tarkovsky was without a doubt one of the genuine artist working in the cinema. With films such as "Andrei Rublev", "Solaris", "Mirror", Stalker" and "Nostalghia", Tarkovsky enriched the world with powerful works for art. "Sacrifice" was his final film, made while Tarkovsky was dying of cancer. The story concerns an elderly academic who lives with his family in a rural part of Sweden. When he learns that about an imminent nuclear war, he makes a desperate pact with God. The film is astonishingly beautiful, like all Tarkovsky's films. Images of nature, water and fire feature prominently, as does the shifting from colour images to black and white.

It is important to remember that Tarkovsky is not a very accessible film-maker, and his films make great demands on viewer's patience and attention, but if you are willing to make the effort you will be rewarded by an unforgettable experience.


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