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FULL SYNOPSIS

The Sacrifice, director Andrei Tarkovsky's final film, begins in Bergmanesque fashion on a small, remote island, where friends and family gather for drama critic Alexander's (Erland Josephson) birthday celebration. The revelry is interrupted by a radio announcement: World War III has begun, and Mankind is only hours away from utter annihilation. Each of the guests reacts differently to the news: the most dramatic response is Alexander's, who promises God that he'll give up everything he holds dear--including his beloved 6-year-old son -- if war is averted. Allan Edwall, a local mailman with purported mystical powers, offers to intervene with the Creator on Josephson's behalf. The Sacrifice is so dependent upon its visuals and overall mood that any attempt at a detailed synopsis would be woefully inadequate. The willingness of Tarkovsky's protagonist to forego all his possessions may well have sprung from the cancer-ridden director's awareness that he, too, would soon be giving up everything to face his Maker. The Sacrifice won four awards at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Grand Prix. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 9, 1986

Cast

Erland Josephson
as Alexander
Susan Fleetwood
as Adelaide
Allan Edwall
as Otto
Gudrún Gísladóttir
as Maria
Valérie Mairesse
as Julia
Filippa Franzen
as Marta
Tommy Kjellqvist
as Little Man
Sven Wollter
as Victor
Tommy Kjellqvist
as Little Man

Crew

Andrei Tarkovsky
Director
Anna-Lena Wibom
Producer
Katinka Farago
Producer
Lisbet Gabrielsson
Producer
Andrei Tarkovsky
Screenwriter
Sven Nykvist
Cinematographer
Arne Carlsson
Cinematographer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Featured Music
Andrei Tarkovsky
Editor
Michal Leszczylowski
Editor
Lasse Summanen
Editor
Anna Asp
Art Director
Inger Pehrsson
Costume Designer
Svenska Stuntgruppen
Special Effects
Lars Hoglund
Special Effects
Lars Palmqvist
Special Effects
Johan Toren
Special Effects
Kjell Gustavsson
Makeup
Florence Fouquier
Makeup
Michal Leszczylowski
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