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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.

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Cast

Credited cast:
... Alexander
... Adelaide
... Otto
... Maria (as Guðrún S. Gísladóttir)
... Victor
... Julia
... Marta
... Gossen
Per Källman ... Ambulansförare
Tommy Nordahl ... Ambulansförare
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... (voice)
... (voice)
Birgit Carlstén ... (voice)
Jane Friedmann ... (voice)
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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Release Date:

November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Sacrifice  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,696, 22 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$300,653
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The cottage burnt down while the film jammed in the camera and the crew could not reload with new in time, hence 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

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

Connections

Featured in Renegade Cut: The Sacrifice: Eternal Recurrence (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Locklåtar från Dalarna och Härjedalen
Performed by Elin Lisslass, Karin Edvards Johansson, Tjugmyr Maria Larsson, o.a.
SR Records RELP 5017
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Altogether a Masterpiece
11 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a spare and haunting work that weaves its spell slowly yet powerfully. Every shot is framed with loving care, and Tarkovsky allows the camera to remain fixed on a scene as events unfold. It's perhaps the most beautifully photographed film I've ever seen. There's very little music during the course of the movie, yet subtle, mysterious sounds contribute to an overall feeling of mystery and foreboding. The acting and dialogue are no doubt greatly influenced by the work of Bergman. Perhaps the film is a kind of homage to him.

This is definitely not a popcorn movie, nor one to see on a first date. I recommend you see it when you're not distracted or impatient - when you can be fully present and mindful as events develop at an unhurried, organic, human pace. The cumulative effect is devastating, yet somehow wonderfully cathartic.


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