Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago

Doctor Zhivago

Winner of five Oscars, David Lean's Doctor Zhivago (1965) follows a Russian doctor (Omar Sharif) pursuing the woman he loves (Julie Christie) during Russia's turbulent political changes of World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution and Communism's rise to power.

"An example of superb old-style craftsmanship at the service of a soppy romantic vision, and although its portentous historical drama evaporates once you return to the fresh air, watching it can be seductive." (Roger Ebert)

Winner of five 1966 Academy Awards including Best Cinematography, Best Score, Best Adapted Screenplay.
1965Rating: PG192 minsUSA, Italy
DramaRomanceWar
Director:
David Lean ('Lawrence of Arabia', 'The Bridge on the River Kwai')
Writer:
Robert Bolt
Cast:
Omar SharifJulie ChristieGeraldine ChaplinRod SteigerAlec GuinnessTom Courtenay

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Doctor Zhivago / Reviews

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Lean discovered, and fell in love with, Julie Christie, and knew straightaway that his audience would too.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Although its portentous historical drama evaporates once you return to the fresh air, watching it can be seductive.

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Variety

Variety

One of the most meticulously designed and executed films--superior in several visual respects to his "Lawrence of Arabia."

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Demands everything from the viewer while offering little in return, with Lean coming across like a despised schoolmaster not wanting to open himself up to his braying students.

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The Times

The Times

Epic seems too small a word for the sweeping ambition and romance of Doctor Zhivago.

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Independent

Independent

Maurice Jarre's music is as beguiling as ever and Lean squeezes all the pathos that he can out of the romance between Sharif's Yuri Zhivago and Julie Christie's febrile and gorgeous Lara Antipova.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

One of those rare film adaptations which, unless you have already read the book, makes you wonder why anyone ever bothered to make the film at all.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

More than a masterful motion picture; it is a life experience.

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