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Triumph of the Spirit (1989)

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Fact based story about a former Greek Olympic boxer who was taken as a prisoner during World war II and placed in the Auschwitz prison camp. There he was permitted to survive as long as he ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert M. Young

Writers:

Shimon Arama (story), Zion Haen (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... Salamo Arouch
Edward James Olmos ... Gypsy
Robert Loggia ... Father Arouch
Wendy Gazelle Wendy Gazelle ... Allegra
Kelly Wolf ... Elena
Costas Mandylor ... Avram Arouch
Kario Salem ... Jacko
Edward Zentara ... Janush
Hartmut Becker ... Maj. Rauscher
Burkhard Heyl Burkhard Heyl ... Aide to Rauscher
Zofia Saretok ... Momma
Grazyna Krukówna ... Sister Julie
Karolina Twardowska Karolina Twardowska ... Bemmi
Juranda Krol Juranda Krol ... Sarah
Wiktor Mlynarczyk Wiktor Mlynarczyk ... Beppo
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Storyline

Fact based story about a former Greek Olympic boxer who was taken as a prisoner during World war II and placed in the Auschwitz prison camp. There he was permitted to survive as long as he fought for the amusement of his captors. His father and brother were also held as insurance that he would continue to fight. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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prisoner | fight | prison | boxer | greek | See All (138) »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

23 December 1989 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A pokol bajnoka See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,963, 10 December 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$408,839
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Nova International Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot on location at the actual Auschwitz death camp. This was first film production that was permitted to shoot at the actual camp. Some of the existing structures were utilized in the production, however, the crematorium had to be recreated since the actual crematoria in Auschwitz were destroyed by the Nazis. The ruins still exist today. See more »

Goofs

The movie shows the end phase of life in Auschwitz and the forced death march as the camp is evacuated. Salamo Arouch is sent to work in the Sonderkomando in the crematorium where suddenly he witnesses the uprising and destruction of what is clearly crematorium II or III. In reality, the uprising occurred in October 1944, months before the evacuation. The SS dismantled the crematoriums over the preceding months and the forced death march evacuations occurred in late January. (In addition, the evacuation occurred in the middle of winter, the movie shows a nice sunny day, where in reality there would have been snow on the ground.) See more »

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Gypsy: Listen, I'm only going to say this once. For those who can hear me tell the rest. First come the SS, our lord and masters. Then comes our block health manager, Kyr. Then come the assistants, Otto and me. Then come the rats. Then come the lice... and then come you.
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one of the best.........
5 January 2002 | by patpar63See all my reviews

this is by far one of the best movies on the holocaust i've seen. what makes this different from the rest is that it focuses on greek jews, aka "gypsies" in the concentration camps. this story is based on fact. it's about the life of Salamo Arouch, who was a boxer before the war and boxing is part of what helped him survive. a wonderful story of how one man's love for his family and friends, and his own fierce spirit, allowed him to overcome the atrocities at hand and live to tell his story...one that inspires all who see it.


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