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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

Tarkovsky was ailing from lung cancer when he made this film, and his health steadily declined after shooting wrapped. He was shown the final cut of "The Sacrifice" on his deathbed in a Paris hospital. 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

Referenced in Long-Distance Runners: A Cross-Cultural Love Story (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Matthäus-Passion: Erbarme Dich
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conducted by Wolfgang Gönnenwein
Sung by Julia Hamari
EMI-Electrola GmbH LC 0233
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Slow but satisfying.
1 December 2001 | by clard11See all my reviews

Quite possibly my favourite film. Quite why I'm not always sure -- perhaps this is really a rather pretentious film ? Perhaps one in which a long time is spent without engaging the audience ? One with perhaps the most unlikely postman one might meet outside of a Bergman film set ? But, from the moment the camera opens lovingly on the icon, to the closing as the ambulance drives away, I find myself captivated, and drawn back to watch again. As with Tarkovsky's other films, certain images linger long in the memory:"little man" watering the ikebana, the levitating witch, the crashing milk jug, the roar of the jets. For those of us cursed with a lifetime of weekly wage slavery this is a fine restorative film for the spirit.


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Sweden | France | UK

Language:

Swedish | Icelandic

Release Date:

9 May 1986 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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