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Doctor Zhivago Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago covers the years prior to, during, and after the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of poet/physician Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif). In the tradition of Russian novels, a multitude of characters and subplots intertwine within the film's 197 minutes (plus intermission). Zhivago is married to Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin), but carries on an affair with Lara (Julie Christie), who has been raped by ruthless politician Komarovsky (Rod Steiger). Meanwhile, Zhivago's half-brother Yevgraf (Alec Guinness) and the mysterious, revenge-seeking Strelnikoff (Tom Courteney) represent the "good" and "bad" elements of the Bolshevik revolution. Composer Maurice Jarre received one of Doctor Zhivago's five Oscars, with the others going to screenwriter Robert Bolt, cinematographer Freddie Young, art directors John Box and Terry Marsh, set decorator Dario Simoni, and costumer Phyllis Dalton. The best picture Oscar, however, went to The Sound of Music. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 22, 1965

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Julie Christie Best Actress 1965 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Norman Savage Best Editing 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Phyllis Dalton Best Color Costume Design 1965 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Terence Marsh Best Color Art Direction 1965 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association David Lean Best Director 1965 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Lean Best Director 1965 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts David Lean Best Film - Any Source 1966 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Freddie Young Best Color Cinematography 1965 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Geraldine Chaplin New Star of the Year - Female 1965 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Maurice Jarre Best Original Score 1965 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Maurice Jarre Best Original Score 1965 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Bolt Best Screenplay 1965 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Bolt Best Adapted Screenplay 1965 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Courtenay Best Supporting Actor 1965 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Omar Sharif Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1965 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carlo Ponti Best Picture 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dario Simoni Best Color Art Direction 1965 Winner

Cast

Omar Sharif
as Yuri Zhivago
Julie Christie
as Lara
Tom Courtenay
as Pasha Strelnikov
Geraldine Chaplin
as Tonya
Rod Steiger
as Komarovsky
Alec Guinness
as Yevgraf
Siobhan McKenna
as Anna
Ralph Richardson
as Alexander Gromeko
Rita Tushingham
as The Girl
Jeffrey Rockland
as Sasha
Bernard Kay
as Bolshevik
Klaus Kinski
as Kostoyed
Gerard Tichy
as Liberius
Noel Willman
as Razin
Geoffrey Keen
as Prof. Kurt
Adrienne Corri
as Amelia
Jack MacGowran
as Petya
Mark Eden
as Young Engineer
Erik Chitty
as Old Soldier
Roger Maxwell
as Beef-Faced Colonel
Wolf Frees
as Comrade Yelkin
Gwen Nelson
as Comrade Kaprugina
Lucy Westmore
as Katya
Lili Murati
as Train Jumper
Peter Madden
as Political Officer
Maria Vico
as Demented Woman
Katherine Ellison
as Raped Woman
Inigo Jackson
as Major
Jose Maria Caffarel
as Militiaman
Tarek Sharif
as Yuri at age 8
Jose Nieto
as Priest
Gwen Nelson
as Female Janitor
Emilio Carrer
as Mr. Sventytski
Wolf Frees
as Delegate
Luana Alcaniz
as Mrs. Sventytski

Crew

David Lean
Director
Carlo Ponti
Producer
Boris Pasternak
Book Author
Robert Bolt
Screenwriter
Freddie Young
Cinematographer
Maurice Jarre
Composer (Music Score)
Norman Savage
Editor
Terence Marsh
Production Designer
Dario Simoni
Set Designer
Phyllis Dalton
Costume Designer
Winston Ryder
Sound/Sound Designer
Eddie Fowlie
Special Effects
Roy Stevens
First Assistant Director
Pedro Vidal
First Assistant Director
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