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Doctor Zhivago (1965) Movie Information

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David Lean


Omar Sharif
Julie Christie
Rod Steiger
Alec Guinness
Julie Christie
Geraldine Chaplin





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During a Russian revolution a Russian Doctor falls for a political activist?s wife even though he himself is married. They are separated and joined many times while they suffer hardships.

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Snoogans 04/07/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Another film with 'classic' status that I did not care for. An epic told through multiple story lines and played against the backdrop of three different wars. Bloated, over-long and full of characters that I could care less about. It is technically well made and contains some great orchestral music. Still, watching this film felt like a chore.

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Yojimbo 07/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A classic of cinema from the master of the epic, David Lean. A love story that spans history and politics, brilliantly acted with beautiful cinematography.

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Daniel Corleone 01/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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KGB Lieutenant General Yevgraf Andreyevich Zhivago (Alec Guinness) searching for the illegitimate child of his half brother. His half brother is poet and Doctor Yuri Andreyevich Zhivago (Omar Sharif), and his mistress Larissa ("Lara") Antipova (Julie Christie) bears a child. The score and costumes was majestic and the cinematography was gorgeous. Only observations this critic had were the length despite the simple premise, too many characters that were not involved with the plot and the back and forth sequences with the war and romance. Doctor Zhivago is not even close to the brilliance of Lawrence of Arabia. A decent romantic drama that deals with loyalty, communism and fidelity.

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mitchellyoung 10/26/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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When the romantic scenes between Sharif and Christie are allowed to smolder, the film is intriguing and quite good. The problem is these scenes are buried amid nearly 3 hours of historical fiction fluff and that slows the pacing and drama of the film down considerably.

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07/28/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

An Odyssey in its own right.

Doctor Zhivago is famous for two things. It is directed by David Lean and it is an extremely long film, spanning around four hours. So yeah, watch it when you have a lot of time on your hands.

Doctor Zhivago is a movie that blew me away when I first saw it and continues to blow me away. When my father said: We're going to watch a four hour movie, I wasn't looking forward to it. But after the four minute interlude, I was hooked. The runtime really flows by.

The characters, the story, the pacing, the locations, the conflicts, the perspectives; none of them can be fully explained without just showing you the movie.
Omar Sharif is worthy of an Oscar in his portrayal of a worried doctor, Yuri Zhivago.
The story of love and what his character chooses to endure are simply breathtaking. I...

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12/08/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A film that shows that Communism does not work.

An epic with bleak scenery and a Dark story. This is incredibly well directed by David Lean since it truly looks cold and bleak there. I like how there really is never much color and when there is it soon leaves just like it does if there really only is winter and fall. The characters follow an interesting journey. I like the characters are developed with them all being very different. Here is a film that shows how bad Communism is and I am glad it just put there. I like the fact that the people think the communism is good at first before the revolution but how it is actually just worse. It shows that all communism did to make people equal was make them all equally unhappy. It shows the strive to get rid of all individuality no matter what.

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