Escape from Sobibor

  • 15
  • Jack Gold (1987)
  • UK / US
  • 142 min
Escape from Sobibor
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Adapted from the book by Richard Rashke, this is a compelling account of the escape from a Nazi death camp deep in the Polish countryside, undertaken by a cabal of Jewish workers and Soviet soldiers. Over 250,000 people died in the Sobibor gas chambers. In comparative terms, the fact that over 300 prisoners fled from this hellhole may seem slight. But their achievement remains one of the most audacious acts of courage in the entire Second World War. In a superb ensemble cast headed by Rutger Hauer and Joanna Pacula, Alan Arkin is excellent as ringleader Leon Feldhendler. But the key component is Jack Gold's directorial restraint and his film was deservedly rewarded with two Golden Globes.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama, starring Alan Arkin and Rutger Hauer. The true story of the audacious escape from the Nazi death camp at Sobibor, Poland, during October 1943.

Cast and crew

Cast

Leon Feldhendler
Alan Arkin
Sasha
Rutger Hauer
Luka
Joanna Pacula
Samuel
Emil Wolk
Sgt Wagner
Hartmut Becker
Itzhak
Jack Shepherd
Sgt Frenzel
Kurt Raab
Stanislaw "Shlomo" Szmajzner
Simon Gregor
Oberkapo Porchek
Linal Haft

Crew

Director
Jack Gold

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Contains violence.
Available on video
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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