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Escape from Sobibor (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 12 April 1987
German death camp in Sobibor, Poland, killed two hundred fifty thousand Jews. It had the most successful prisoner escape in World War II on October 14, 1943.

Director:

Jack Gold

Writers:

Thomas 'Toivi' Blatt (manuscript "From the Ashes of Sobibor") (as Thomas Blatt), Richard Rashke (book) | 2 more credits »
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Arkin ... Leon Feldhendler
Joanna Pacula ... Luka
Rutger Hauer ... Alexander 'Sasha' Pechersky
Hartmut Becker ... Sgt. Gustav Wagner
Jack Shepherd ... Itzhak Lichtman
Emil Wolk Emil Wolk ... Samuel
Simon Gregor Simon Gregor ... Shlomo
Linal Haft ... Oberkapo Porchek
Jason Norman Jason Norman ... Toivi Blatt
Robert Gwilym ... Chaim Engel
Eli Nathenson Eli Nathenson ... Moses Szmajzner
Kurt Raab ... Sgt. Frenzel
Eric P. Caspar Eric P. Caspar ... Capt. Franz Reichleitner
Hugo Bower Hugo Bower ... Sgt. Beckmann
Klaus Grünberg Klaus Grünberg ... Sgt. Bauer (as Klaus Grunberg)
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Storyline

During World War II, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were its captives, the Jewish laborers who had been spared from the ovens, knew they were on borrowed time. That their only hope was to escape. The only question - how to do it. This movie is based on a factual account of what happened at Sobibor. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

Of the approximately three hundred prisoners who escaped to the woods from Sobibor, only around sixty survived until the end of the war. See more »

Goofs

While it's an error that Wagner is refereed to as Hauptscharführer Wagner, as he is in fact an Oberscharführer, his rank insignia is, contrary to common belief, correct. He was promoted to Company Major Sargent, or SS Sturmscharführer while he was in charge of the Ukranians and other NCO's while in Sobibor. In the film, he should either be addressed as Sturmscharführer or more correctly simply Oberscharführer as this title could be held both by an Ober and Hauptscharführer. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: In 1942, SS chief Heinrich Himmler initiated "Operation Reinhard," NAZI-Germany's "Final Solution" to the "Jewish question". Three death camps were built and staffed, under top-secret orders. These camps, all in eastern Poland, were Belzec, Treblinka, and the most secret, Sobibor. It was here, on October 14th, 1943, that the biggest, most successful prisoner revolt in WW2 took place. This is that story.
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Alternate Versions

Some television broadcasts of the movie, in particular the version which was shown on the History Channel, cut a lengthy scene after the escape attempt at the beginning of the film (attempted by a work detail cutting through the camp fence with garden tools) where the detail is shot dead with their bodies then displayed to the rest of the camp as a warning. In the cut version, there is no mention of what happened to these escapees after their escape attempt. See more »

Connections

Version of Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Roses from the South
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Written by Johann Strauss
Played at the dance
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9 November 2004 | by paulvaughanthomasSee all my reviews

It was interesting to read another viewer's comments about this film. I have seen Schindler's List and it didn't touch me anywhere near as deeply as Escape from Sobibor. I first watched it in my teens and it was this film, more than anything I'd seen previously about the Holocaust, which had the greatest impact. The story, of course, is based on truth and is full of painful, heart-wrenching scenes. Nothing has ever presented the Holocaust to me in a more vivid, more graphic, more powerful way.

It's amusing that some people can watch a film and it barely registers with them. Others can see the same film and have a completely different reaction to the experience. But that's people for you, the great variety that is the spice of life. For me, Escape from Sobibor was a very emotional experience and it had a major impact on me. But don't take anyone else's word for it. We all see things differently - go and see it yourself.


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Country:

UK | Yugoslavia

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escape from Sobibor See more »

Filming Locations:

Serbia See more »

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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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