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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 more »

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Salamo Arouch
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Gypsy
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Father Arouch
Wendy Gazelle ...
Allegra
Kelly Wolf ...
Elena
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Avram Arouch
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Jacko
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Janush
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Maj. Rauscher
Burkhard Heyl ...
Aide to Rauscher
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Momma
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Sister Julie
Karolina Twardowska ...
Bemmi
Juranda Krol ...
Sarah
Wiktor Mlynarczyk ...
Beppo
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Kapo Kyr
Jack Messinger ...
Greek prisoner
Tuvia Tavi ...
Greek prisoner
Danny Segev ...
Greek prisoner
Avi Keidar ...
Greek prisoner
Andrzej Wojaczek ...
Kapo Otto
Sebastian Spandel ...
Lua
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Kapo Hilda
Anna Chitro ...
Naomi
Halina Chrobak ...
Clog Thise
Ireneusz Tomczak ...
Fratelli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Teddy Atlas ...
Silber
Krzysztof Bauman ...
Prisoner
Dorota Bialy-Wieczorek ...
SS woman
Andrzej Bryg ...
Officer SS
Mieczyslaw Budzynski ...
Boxer
Arthur Coburn ...
Rabbi
Andrzej Dopierala ...
SS Officer
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SS Officer
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Himself (archiveFootage)
Zofia Jaronczyk
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Sonderkommando
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Officer SS
Evan Kopelson ...
Boxer
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SS officer
Edward Kusztal ...
SS officer
Joseph Lis ...
Boxer
Tomasz Lulek ...
Prisoner
Anna Nowak ...
Prisoner
Hanna Pater ...
Prisoner nurse
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Rauscher's girlfriend
Irena Romanska
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Announce
Edward Skarga ...
Prisoner
Marek Slosarski ...
Grek
Tadeusz Sobolewicz ...
SS Officer
Maria Stokowska ...
Greczynka
Krzysztof Tadak ...
Boxer
Aleksander Wolejko ...
SS Officer
Stefania Zubrowna ...
Dying woman

Directed by

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Robert M. Young

Written by

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Shimon Arama ... (story) &
Zion Haen ... (story)
 
Andrzej Krakowski ... (screenplay) and
Laurence Heath ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Shimon Arama ... producer
Sonja Karon ... associate producer
Arnold Kopelson ... producer
Evan Kopelson ... associate producer
Roni Ya'ackov ... line producer (as Rony Yacov)

Music by

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Cliff Eidelman

Cinematography by

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Curtis Clark

Film Editing by

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Norman Buckley
Arthur Coburn

Editorial Department

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Norman Buckley ... additional editor
Barbara Poznanski ... assistant editor
Paula Suhy ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Mike Fenton
Valorie Massalas
Judy Taylor

Production Design by

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Jerzy Maslowski

Art Direction by

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Krystyna Maslowska

Set Decoration by

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Izabela Paprocka

Costume Design by

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Hilary Rosenfeld

Makeup Department

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Ania Harasimiak ... assistant makeup artist (as Anna Harasimiak)
Iwona Kaminska ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Tadeusz Baljon ... production manager
Frank Hildebrand ... executive in charge of production
Ludwig Pawelczyk ... assistant production manager (as Ludwig Pawelcyzk)
Lew Rywin ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Miguel Gil ... first assistant director
Mike Katzin ... special assistant director
Jerzy Matula ... assistant director
Ewa Saluga-Wegmann ... assistant director
Krzysztof Zbieranek ... co-first assistant director

Art Department

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Zvika Aloni ... property master: Israel
Piotr Auerbach ... property master
Jacek Szokpek ... property master
Maciej Walczak ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Gregory G. Gest ... sound re-recordist
Walter A. Gest ... sound re-recordist
Jeffrey J. Haboush ... re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell ... re-recording mixer
Edward M. Steidele ... foley artist
Eli Yarkoni ... sound mixer
Yossi Yarkoni ... boom operator

Special Effects by

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Eddie Surkin ... special effects supervisor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Avi Avrahami ... best boy gaffer
Itzik Ben-Aroya ... key grip
Lech Filar ... first assistant camera
Bogdan Kulakowski ... still photographer
Avraham Leibman ... gaffer
Roland Neveu ... special photographer
Yehuda Sar-Israel ... second assistant camera

Casting Department

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Joni Kearney ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Barbara Rutter ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Gil Alon ... assistant location manager
Avner Peled ... location manager
Carrie Timko ... second location manager

Music Department

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Budd Carr ... music supervisor
Kenneth Hall ... music editor
Mark McKenzie ... orchestrator

Other crew

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Teddy Atlas ... boxing choreographer / boxing trainer
Mickey Duff ... boxing consultant
Maria Norman ... assistant: Arnold Kopelson
Rena Sternfeld-Allon ... script supervisor (as Rina Sternfeld-Allon)
Miroslaw Warchol ... set manager

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • El triunfo del espíritu (Spain)
  • Triunfo do Espírito (Brazil)
  • Triumf ducha (Poland)
  • Håbets sejr (Denmark)
  • A pokol bajnoka (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $33,963, 10 Dec 1989

Did You Know?

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Trivia Director Robert M. Young was initially hesitant to take on this project when given the original script. He felt that the subject was too voluminous to be incorporated into one movie. He later agreed when presented with a revised script that focused only on one small element in the death camp, or in Young's own words "like a cork, bubbling on the surface of the sea." 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation/Roger & Me/Triumph of the Spirit/Mystery Train/Thelonius Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1989). See more »
Quotes 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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