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The Sacrifice (1986)

Offret (original title)
PG | | Drama | 9 May 1986 (Sweden)
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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 (as Andrei Tarkovskij)
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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) (as Tintin Andersson)
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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

The cottage burnt down while the film jammed in the camera, and the crew could not reload it in time. Therefore, it had to be reconstructed and burnt a second time. See more »

Quotes

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

Just before the film ends (in Swedish): "This film is dedicated to my son Andriosha - with hope and confidence. Andrei Tarkovskij" See more »

Connections

Featured in Une journée d'Andrei Arsenevitch (2000) See more »

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Dai-Bosatsu
Performed by Watazumido-Shuso (Hotchiku flöjt)
The Everest Record Group 3289
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Find it, Get it somehow... It will change your life.
25 January 1999 | by SculptorSee all my reviews

I have just registered to the database, and this is my first review that I've written for it. The first film I thought of was The Sacrifice, Andrei Tarkovsky's final masterwork, and in my opinion his best. This film affected me like no other, and forced me to look at Tarkovsky in an all new light, as a spiritual creator. See this film, I guarantee it will change your outlook on life if you give it the chance. It is the most challenging, spiritually invigorating film I have ever seen, by truly the greatest cinematic poet/visionary of all time. Tarkvosky is the future of cinema, the one who carried the torch, the one whom all aspiring cinematic artists should look to, and a genius who passed far before his rightful time.


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Country:

Sweden | France | UK

Language:

Swedish | Icelandic

Release Date:

9 May 1986 (Sweden) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,696, 22 October 2017

Gross USA:

$81,963

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$167,292
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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