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Escape from Sobibor (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 12 April 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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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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Genres:

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:

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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Trivia

In 1983, shortly after his release from prison for war crimes, Sobibor's 3rd in command, Karl Frenzel, was interviewed by Thomas 'Toivi' Blatt, a Jewish prisoner who survived following the prison revolt and escape. 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 »

Quotes

Luka: Look at the moon, Sasha.
Leon Feldhendler: Look at the board, Sasha
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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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One of the Best Movies of Jews Concentration Camp in the Second World War
7 February 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The uprising of the Jews in the death camp of Sobibor, with the escape of three hundred Jews, is brilliantly presented in this awesome movie. The excellent Alan Arkin performs Leon Feldhendler, a natural leader, organizing and motivating the prisoners. Rutger Hauer, in an excellent shape (in 1987), has also a marvelous performance as Alexander 'Sasha' Pechersky, a Russian POW. The gorgeous Joanna Pacula plays Luka, a very brave woman. The explanation of Leon to a new prisoner, why they should dance, play, laugh and make love after the execution of their families, is very touching and respectful. It is indeed an amazing lesson of survival. I have to confess that I am tired of corny movies like `The Pianist', which only shows disgrace and misery of some Jewish persons in the Second World War. We, viewers, are aware of the massacre of Jews in the WWII, but I note that this type of movie is becoming more brutal and explicit. Is it because the world society in 2004 can support watching such brutalities? Is it an adaptation of a historic fact to the violence of the present days? But `Escape From Sobibor' portraits Jews not only as passive victims going (or staying) in the slaughterhouse like a lambs, but also as a very brave people, fighting for survival. It does not mean that the brutality and sadism of certain SS officers is not shown, like the killing of the mother and her baby, or the shot of twenty-six defenseless prisoners, or the use of the whip by some German. But again, it is not explicitly shown as in some movies, with blood, pieces of brain etc., with the only intention of shocking the viewer more than necessary. All the cast has an outstanding performance. The direction is stunning: the scenes of the escape are very real. For example, when the desperate prisoners climbs the wire while escaping is very impressive. Just for reference, another excellent movie about this theme is Jon Avnet's `Uprising'. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil) `Fuga de Sobibor, O Campo do Inferno' (`Escape From Sobibor, the Hell Camp')


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