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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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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

In 1983, shortly after his release from prison for war crimes, Sobibor's third in command, Karl Frenzel, was interviewed by Thomas "Toivi" Blatt, a Jewish prisoner who survived following the prison revolt and escape. See more »

Goofs

When a couple dead bodies are wheeled on over and unveiled to the prisoners, the camera's shadow can be seen on one of the soldiers to the left. See more »

Quotes

Naomi: Please, what are you going to do?
Sgt. Gustav Wagner: What do you think? There are no babies in Sobibor.
Naomi: No! You're going to kill her.
Sgt. Gustav Wagner: Because I'm in a good mood today, I'm going to let you live.
Naomi: Give me my baby!
Sgt. Gustav Wagner: I don't understand, I'm offering you a chance to live. It's quite unusual.
Naomi: [spits in Wagners face] I spit on your offer, you Nazi bastard!
[Wagner draws his pistol and shoots both Naomi and her baby]
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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

References Red Dawn (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Tales from the Vienna Woods
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played at the train station
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Good television movie about the known breakout from horrible concentration camp
3 April 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This excellent TV movie deals with extermination center Sobibór and the subsequent escape led by great actors as Alan Arkin and Rutger Hauer . We see horrors , murders , massacres against the prisoners . Thus , when the incoming transports , mostly Jews , SS soldiers made instant decisions , those who were fit to labors were sent into the camp , others including the children , were dispatched immediately to the gas chambers where approximately one-quarter million Jews were executed . The movie gets a breathtaking and exciting getaway with a sensitive score by George Delerue . The film was well realized by Jack Gold developing compellingly the historical recreation of the escape from the Nazi Death Camp Sobibor .

The picture is based on real events , these are the followings : Sobibór , Chelmno , Belzec and Treblinka were four large death camps in the Lublin district of Poland transformed into extermination centers to implement the policy of genocide thought at the Wannsee Conference . Sobibór was an extermination camp of killing center of Jews including children and located near the Bug River on the border of the German occupied eastern territories . Some 35.000 Dutch Jews , originally assigned to Auschwitz were sent to Sobibór . All four camps were under the command of SS Odilo Globocnick . There was some minor industrial activity linked to the war effort but the main work was the execution of inmates . Victims were brought to the camp in unventilated transports , and all but a handful were gassed after arrival , the gas chambers could accommodate hundred prisoners at one time , most of their corpses were burned in open pits . On October 14, 1943 about 150 inmates broke out in a desperate riot . Of approximately 600 prisoners who attempted escaped in October 1943 , around 300 succeeded . However, nearly all were ultimately recaptured ; only about 60 people survived . Sobibor along with Treblinka and Belzec , was evacuated in the fall of 1943.


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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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