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Escape from Sobibor (1987)

During WWII, 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 ... See full summary »

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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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 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 WWII, 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 that had been spared from the ovens, knew that they were on borrowed time and that their only hope was to escape... the only question was how to do it. However, because the Germans would kill an equal number of others whenever a group attempted to escape, the captives knew that if ever an escape was tried, all 600 prisoners in the camp would have to be included... logistically precluding any ideas about tunnels or sneak breakouts. Indeed, to have such a mass escape could only mean that the Ukrainian guards and Germain officers would have to be killed, which many of the Jews felt simply reduced themselves to no better than their captors... thus making it a struggle of conscience. And therein lies the story, with the film being based on a factual account of what then ... Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Yugoslavia

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuga de Sobibor See more »

Filming Locations:

Serbia See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When it premiered on CBS in 1987, about 31.6 million Americans saw the film. See more »

Goofs

Gustav Wagner was never a Hauptscharführer, he was an Oberscharführer.

His uniform is the uniform of a Sturmscharführer, which is a special rank, bestowed on senior NCO's. While Wagner could in theory have been given that rank as it was given to both Oberscharführers and Hauptscharführers, it was never given to Gustaw Wagner, and due to his young age and rather short stint as an Oberscharführer, he would never qualify for the rank of Sturmscharführer, as it is only for very experienced NCOs and was rarely bestowed on a handful of SS NCOs. Most who qualified for the rank of Sturmscharführer, were most often promoted to COs in the form of Untersturmführers, which equates to Lieutenant. See more »

Quotes

Stanislaw "Shlomo" Szmajzner: [on hearing that Sobibor is a death camp and his parents and sister are dead] You knew this, you knew and you didn't tell us.
Toivi Blatt: My parents are dead to. The sergeants, they said I wasn't to tell anyone, they'd kill me.
Stanislaw "Shlomo" Szmajzner: Our mother and our father and our sister, are murdered. Now I want to kill. I *will* kill!
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Soundtracks

Roses from the South
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edge of seat!!!
15 December 2004 | by jeffandsarah-1See all my reviews

I first got this out on video many years back. Being interested in the holocaust from a young age,and having traveled through Poland in the early eighties I got this out of interest.Amazing to think it was done for television and not cinema. I,was on the edge of my seat all the way through,could hardly breath all through the film,did not take my eyes off the screen.The ending is both shattering and uplifting.Even more so knowing the outcome of some of the lives. And how simply fitting a denouement on the end credits the result of the police investigation, give that policeman a medal. On the whole the acting is exceptional, and by that I mean one forgets the actor and sees only the person as real. In fact it has that real life documentary feel to the story. Most satisfying to have seen it before Rutger got semi-famous.


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