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Escape From Sobibor 1987

This is the true story of 600 Jewish labourers at Sobibor camp. Knowing they were on borrowed time, they planed to escape, but for every escapee, the Germans would kill an inmate. So they all had to escape. That meant killing the guards. So they had to wrestle with their consciences about what to do.

Starring:
Alan Arkin, Joanna Pacula
Runtime:
1 hour, 59 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Jack Gold
Starring Alan Arkin, Joanna Pacula
Supporting actors Rutger Hauer, Hartmut Becker, Jack Shepherd, Emil Wolk, Simon Gregor, Linal Haft, Jason Norman, Robert Gwilym, Eli Nathenson, Kurt Raab, Eric P. Caspar, Hugo Bower, Klaus Grünberg, Wolfgang Bathke, Henning Gissel, Henry Stolow, Ullrich Haupt, Patti Love
Studio Diva AG
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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By A Customer on 4 Aug. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is the most realistic Holocaust movie I have seen. It is an incredible movie and the story will grip you. From the start of the movie it shows everyday life for the inmates in the Sobibor death camp, most are immediately killed upon arrival but the strong men and women are kept to work for the Nazis and Ukranian guards, you are kept usually if you have a skill the Nazis want. Throughout the film the skilled Jews get together to plan an escape but they have no knowledge of military and they have never killed anybody ,thats when the help comes from a Russian P.O.W. who is sent to the camp. Together with his military experience and the knowledge of the camp from the Jews they plan there escape and execute it by killing numerous SS and Ukranian guards, in time intervals. This is a true story.
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I first saw this movie, when it was screened on British television. At that time, I was an impressionable teenager, who didn't know much about the Holocaust or what really happened in the death camps. The performances by Alan Arkin, Rutger Hauer, Joanna Pacula et al, were compelling and had me on edge for the entire movie. I again saw Escape from Sobibor, purely by chance, in October 1995. Little did I realise, that I was actually viewing it again on the 50th anniversary of the revolt. What the Jewish prisoners, and all those who escaped, went through, to gain freedom, was amazing. This movie will have you on edge the entire time.
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By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
This film shows what life must have been like in a death camp rather than a concentration camp. Here people, both guards and inmates, worked in a space devoted entirely to the implementation of the final solution - remember this camp was one of five set up purely for this reason. The day to day lives of the inmates is captured perfectley but also the film gives an insight into the lives of the camp staff. In one scene, for example, the guards have a heated discussion about the camp and their specific role in its running. Some are clearly concerned about the morality of their actions. Historically, this is absoultely accurate. There were good and bad people on all sides. Its good to see an attempt at looking at day to day events of life in a death camp rather than just on the main issues of the holocaust.
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I read the book which is excellent and the film captures the utter tragedy of these Jews from Poland and Holland in a Nazi totalitarian extermination camp. They needed the military training and discipline of the Russian POW soldiers in order to focus their plans for escape. When the breakout occurs after the careful but messy assassination of many of the SS superiors, the film shows the complete panic and chaos of their flight from the camp. If the film had been a Stallone epic then all of the Ukrainian guards in the watchtowers would have been taken out and everyone would have been saved. Instead, the film sticks to the truth of what happened and shows that some of these starving souls were transfixed and couldn't move and that so many fleeing were machinegunned by the surviving guards.
Rutger Hauer and Alan Arkin are brilliant. This film and book should never be allowed go out of print, because evil is always with us.
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It's interesting to watch the credits for this distinctly enjoyable, made for TV, movie because there's a considerable percentage of Jewish names; while a 'feelgood' Holocaust movie would lie somewhere between impossible and obscene, this might well be 'the best story we can tell about the Holocaust' movie.

The eponymous breakout was the most successful escape in the whole of the Sonderlager Archipelago - between fifty and seventy made home runs - the escape and the camp itself seem to have been bulldozed into obscurity until Richard Rashke produced his book of the same title in 1983; the film followed four years later.

The Germans are portrayed as uniformly horrible, sadistic, depraved and irredeemable; the Ukrainian guards as lumpen and stupid; while the very worst light of all is reserved for the Jewish kapoes - Jews guarding and preying on Jews (except for Linal Haft as the good kapo - he's OK). Even the Russians, who turn out OK in the end, are clearly not to be trusted.

But that's my only real quibble; this is a good story well told, and the Sobibor death camp is well-realised as a place where, if you didn't know what was going on, you wouldn't know what was going on

(to be continued)
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Hope in the face of adversity. A true story. The basic will to live that is in us all, against insurmountable odds and apparent hopelessness
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I never thought that when I picked this film to watch, that I as a human being would be transported back in time to live among the people of Sobibor death camp. I had never heard of this place until today the 04/03/14 and I make this note to you, it really changed my life in understanding the reality of it all. The screen play through the lens of a camera plays tricks, in making you see the normal working day of a camp with the cargo of trains coming in visually and in hearing them continually arriving, like a day going to Butlins, it becomes nauseating, as it keep repeating and you have to face life along with those people there. You also arrive as a complete stranger and make friends with a stunning cast. On the one hand it lets you have tea and a dance and then in the night sky of the blackness you are reminded of the red burning sky of the cremate-rs again having to face that reality. I am not a sicko that is a morbid person that enjoys these things, but I do really want to know and understand what happened. I was not alive then, I want to bare witness to the truth and this film captures it all like you have just got off that train. A fantastic story, script, action, it all unfolds and you are living as a part of the story on the edge of your seat. I can not say any more than watch, love, laugh, just cry for your self living this fantastic film. It is brilliant all around in every way.. Certainly not for the faint hearted, but more for the person who really wants to watch, live, face reality in a un biased way. Thanks for reading.
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