Escape from Sobibor

Escape from Sobibor

Jack Gold (1987)

15 Certificate


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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.


New arrivals at a Nazi concentration camp realise they do not have long to live as the Nazi campaign of genocide gathers speed. The commandant threatens to execute one prisoner for every escape attempt - leading the inmates to realise that the only hope is for all 600 of them to break out together. Drama based on the true story of the largest uprising during the Holocaust, starring Alan Arkin, Joanna Pacula and Rutger Hauer.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Jack Gold
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: video