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Escape from Sobibor (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 12 April 1987
German death camp in Sobibor, Poland, killed two hundred fifty thousand Jews. It had the most successful prisoner escape in World War II on October 14, 1943.

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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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 World War II, 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 who had been spared from the ovens, knew they were on borrowed time. That their only hope was to escape. The only question - how to do it. This movie is based on a factual account of what happened at Sobibor. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Drama | History | War

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Trivia

This movie premiered on American television, on CBS, on April 12, 1987. It was shown on West German television in January 1989. 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

Lt. "Sasha" Pechersky: Listen to me! Our day has come! Most of the SS are dead! It's everyone for himself now!
Leon Feldhendler: Those of you who survive, bear witness! Let the world know what has happened here! God is with you! Now let nothing stop you!
[escape begins]
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Alternate Versions

Some television broadcasts of the movie, in particular the version which was shown on the History Channel, cut a lengthy scene after the escape attempt at the beginning of the film (attempted by a work detail cutting through the camp fence with garden tools) where the detail is shot dead with their bodies then displayed to the rest of the camp as a warning. In the cut version, there is no mention of what happened to these escapees after their escape attempt. See more »

Connections

Version of Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Tales from the Vienna Woods
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Written by Johann Strauss
Played at the train station
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A fantastic movie that tells a true story of bravery and determination during World War II
10 May 2003 | by stargirlrkSee all my reviews

This movie is fantastic, no doubt about it. It takes place in the Sobibor death camp in Poland during World War II, where Jews are sent to be killed but where also there are over 600 Jews and Russian POWs working. It shows many of the hardships that Jews faced during this time and the brutality of the German SS officers. Alan Arkin is a Jew in working in the camp who is somewhat of a leader among the prisoners there, and with trains of people coming into the camp every day, a train carrying several Russian POWs comes (all Jewish, that is why they were sent there instead of a regular POW camp) and Rutger Hauer is the leader among them. Arkin and Hauer soon work together among other prisoners to devise a way to escape, originally planning an escape that involved only a dozen men but they eventually decided it had to be the entire camp population of 600, or else the 600 people left there would most likely be slaughtered. The film is full of suspense and based on a true story that happened at Sobibor, which was the biggest camp escape during the war. This movie is in some parts shocking when, like Schindler's List and other Holocaust films, it shows naked women and children being led into the gas chambers and a woman being executed simply for bringing her baby into the camp. This movie is a great film and I am surprised that it was only a made-for-TV movie, for it has the true qualities of a theater movie and it also has a great musical soundtrack. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or comments.


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Serbia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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