Doctor Zhivago Movie Review 1965

Information and Film Reviews for Doctor Zhivago the Movie

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2.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

Sweeping adaptation of the Nobel Prize-winning Boris Pasternak novel. An innocent Russian poet-intellectual is caught in the furor and chaos of the Bolshevik Revolution. Essentially a poignant love story filmed as a historical epic. Panoramic film popularized the song "Lara's Theme." Overlong, with often disappointing performances, but gorgeous scenery. Lean was more successful in "Lawrence of Arabia," where there was less need for ensemble acting.


Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL:

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 197 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Romantic Drama, Top Grossing Films of 1965, Period Piece: 1910s, World War I, Russia/USSR, Adultery, Cold Spots, Doctors & Nurses, Marriage, Writers, Russian Revolution, Historical Romance
Robert Bolt
Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Klaus Kinski, Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham, Siobhan McKenna, Tom Courtenay, Bernard Kay, Gerard Tichy, Noel Willman, Geoffrey Keen, Adrienne Corri, Jack MacGowran, Mark Eden, Erik Chitty, Peter Madden, Jose Maria Caffarell, Jeffrey Rockland, Wolf Frees, Lucy Westmore
Frederick A. (Freddie) Young
David Lean
Maurice Jarre
Carlo Ponti, MGM


Oscars 1965: Adapt. Screenplay, Art Dir./Set Dec., Color, Color Cinematog., Costume Des. (C), Orig. Score; AFI 1998: Top 100; Golden Globes 1966: Actor--Drama (Sharif), Director (Lean), Film--Drama, Screenplay, Score; Natl. Bd. of Review 1965: Actress (Christie).

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