Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago

David Lean (1965)

191min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Nominated for ten Oscars (and winning a more than respectable five), this adaptation of Boris Pasternak's classic novel has all the sweep and stateliness that characterised David Lean's mastery of the epic. At its centre is the star-crossed romance between married physician and poet Omar Sharif and dressmaker's daughter Julie Christie, whose passionate encounters are played out against the backdrop of the Great War and the Russian Revolution. The scene is set superbly, thanks largely to John Box's brilliant designs for both the plush and the poverty-ridden quarters of Moscow, and to Freddie Young's atmospheric cinematography. Moreover, the ever-meticulous Lean retains the intimacy of the love story within the sweep of momentous historical events. Sharif excels in the lead, while Christie and Tom Courtenay (as her husband) bring a humanity to the tragedy that contrasts strikingly with the pitiless opportunism of Rod Steiger's villain.

Summary

A married Russian physician falls in love with another woman, but as their passionate affair plays out against the raging backdrop of the First World War and the Bolshevik revolution, he is torn between his desires and his loyalty to his wife. David Lean's epic drama based on Boris Pasternak's novel, starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Ralph Richardson, Tom Courtenay and Klaus Kinski.

Cast & Crew

Yuri Zhivago Omar Sharif
Lara Julie Christie
Tonya Gromeko Geraldine Chaplin
Komarovsky Rod Steiger
Yevgraf Zhivago Alec Guinness
Pasha Antipov / Strelnikov Tom Courtenay
Alexander Ralph Richardson
Anna Gromeko Siobhan McKenna
Girl Rita Tushingham
Sasha Jeffrey Rockland
Bolshevik Bernard Kay
Kostoyed Klaus Kinski
Razin Noel Willman
Professor Kurt Geoffrey Keen
Amelia Adrienne Corri
Katya Lucy Westmore
Liberius Gerard Tichy
Yuri, aged eight Tarek Sharif
Director David Lean
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: BFIGuidance: Edited for language Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Nov 2015
Drama