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Escape from Sobibor Reviews

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August 24, 2015
Very fine film, very moving and pulls the viewer into the narrative. It is historically and thematically important as well. Artistically, I appreciate the irony that the caged rabbits, which the S.S. make Jews tend so they can eat their Hasespfeffer (traditional rabbit stew), eventually prove their undoing, and the caged prisoners (for which the rabbits are a metaphor) overcome their passivity and arise to kill and escape their captors.
April 8, 2015
Tense well done look at history and the will to survive.Well acted look at evil and fighting against such evil.
December 11, 2014
Very suspenseful build-up- I had to turn it off for a day at a time between segments! Above average acting by Alan Arkin and Rutger Hauer. Not gory at all which I appreciated. It was an eye-opening experience of the escape which I had never even heard of before.
September 20, 2014
Best holocaust movie.
½ January 30, 2014
Hardly a classic, but filled with likable and believable characters who you are interested in following.
January 17, 2014
Hasn't aged well but is just as powerful.
December 19, 2013
This is a nice war movie starring Rutger Hauer. It takes place at a Nazi concentration camp and tells the story of an escape. The film shows what people will do to escape hell including killing, and running through land mines. Nothing particularly groundbreaking, but the story is great, and the sets and acting help move it all along.
½ November 22, 2013
The great escape is nothing compared to this. Harsh eventes, heighten tension, superb cast. Average people become true heroes, not hardened soldiers.
November 10, 2008
Fact-based made for tv movie detailing the uprising of prisoners in Nazi extermination camp. Hauer and Arkin are both excellent, Hauer taking the Golden Globe. Far better than your typical CBS Sunday Night movie.
March 17, 2013
Certainly the best WW11 Concentration Camp film ever made and deeply disturbing. This makes Schindlers List look tame by comparrison. If you don't end up depressed, sad and angry after watching this, you ain't human.
February 5, 2013
The story of the Nazi death camp of Sobibor, which was the setting of a mass Jewish escape, aided by Russian soldiers. Their plan was to murder each individual SS members, thus turning themselves in the same kind of persons their prosecutors had been; it is this interesting premise and the concept of struggle of conscience that is the most interesting aspect of this TV movie, from a time when television production sought to seem shocking by dealing bluntly with dark moments in history.
December 10, 2012
Good tv film about the largest and most successful prisoner revolt in a Nazi death camp during World War II. This type of non-fiction gets tougher to watch now that I have kids of my own. Found some interesting articles about what happened to those involved on both sides after the war.
November 1, 2012
"The film the Nazi's didn't want you to see...'

A heart-wrenching masterpiece that realistically portrays one of the many chillingly harrowing stories to come out of World War 2. Its the film the Nazis did not want you to see. Escape From Sobibor is a stunningly disturbing and ultra-violent true story of a miraculous escape from a Jewish Death Camp during World War 2. Its Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List meets Gregory Hoblit's Hart's War. A heart thumping and thunderingly high tension endeaver that injects your veins with pure adrenaline. A complete masterwork from start to finish. Astonishingly gripping, utterly emotional, downright gruesome, supremely harrowing, endlessly shocking, completely miraculous and seriously and profoundly difficult to watch. Director Jack Gold does not shy away from the shocking violence and the grotesque and inhuman acts that were prevalent at the Jewish death camps scattered across Nazi occupied Europe at the height of World War 2. As with Schindler's List, Escape From Sobibor should be shown to everyone, the atrocities that occurred just can't be captured in words, what these people went through were unspeakable, but it needs to be taught, this history needs to be shown to everyone and this film did an unbelieveably brilliantly realistic job of telling one of these atrocious stories. Jack Gold and company crafted a timeless and historically accurate masterpiece that will forever be one of the very best World War 2 films ever made. Its just breathtakingly amazing throughout, an action packed, gritty, unflinching and searingly absorbing historical cinematic escapade that doesn't let off the gas pedal throughout. Be warned, this film is very highly disturbing, its dark, its bloody, its shocking, its gruesome, its grotesque, its a very serious film that should be viewed as one. If you are faint of heart, be very very wary, Escape From Sobibor is as shocking. and unflinching as a film can get. A true masterpiece, a legendary film both inside and out.
Alan Arkin Is brilliantly magnificent throughout. Rutger Haur is fantastic throughout. Iconic A List star power at its very very best.
½ July 9, 2012
Based on the true story of an uprising in one of the Polish death camps in which over 300 prisoners escaped during WWII. Leon Feldhendler(played by Alan Arkin), the Jewish leader of the camp, is trying to figure out how to get everybody out of the camp (rather than just a few) when Russian Jewish soldiers are brought to the camp. He makes an alliance with their leader, Alexander Pechersky (played by Rutger Hauer), and what transpires is a gritty means of escape that puts ‚The Great Escape‚? to shame. Joanna Pacula stars as Luca, the pretty love interest, who might be best known to Americans as the love interest of Doc Holliday in ‚Tombstone‚?.

The tale is gruesome and horrifying (even by 1980s standards) but there's enough determination and hope that you don't get depressed to the point where you want to give up and turn the DVD off. Alan Arkin is close to superb as the Jewish leader who points out the obvious futility in trying just any means of escape and waiting for the opportune moment where just not a few but all of the camp can get out. As to be expected it isn't a cake walk and of course there are surprises but it's well developed and does an admirable job (unlike many other films) of trying to stay true to what really happened at Sobibor.

Life of the characters are revealed at the end. Over 1.25M Jews were killed in this death camp. Close to 300 prisoners escaped. Something that would never happen in another death camp during WWII. Shortly after the escape the camp was pulled down and grown over in the hopes that nobody would remember it.

Based on a novel of a similar title by Richard Rashke. Camp survivor Thomas Blatt served as a technical consultant. Trivia below. After watching this again I need to compare it to the oh so mighty ‚Schindler's List‚?. Some have complained of the DVD quality but I don't feel that should factor into the grade of this fine film. This is graded from a 1980s standard when technology was less sophisticated.

STORY/PLOTTING/EDITING: B plus to A minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B plus to A minus; CINEMATOGRAPHY: B plus; TONE/HOLOCAUST FOCUSES: A minus to A;
OVERALL GRADE: A minus; WHEN WATCHED: 2002 (third viewing and review in early July 2012).

TRIVIA/SOME SPOILERS: there were two other uprisings at Auschwitz and Treblinka. In actuality 300 did escape but most of them were recovered. Only a fraction of them evaded their pursuers. Roughly 50. Hauer's character truly did plan the revolt with a few others and was not recaptured historically. German SS were actually assassinated to confuse the rest of the guards. According to one person interviewed on the History channel (who had been at the camp) people truly did run over the corpses of the fallen to avoid setting off mines.

MORE SPOILERS: the desperate run through the minefield as they were being shot at was one of the most memorable moments. Creepy when the SS played classical music to make the new Jewish prisoners feel they were in something other than a death camp. Nice scene where the SS guy trying his boots out spotted the axe and moved away in time. Not all of them could be clueless idiots around people who clearly hated them. Believable assassinations performed by mostly normal people who were not experienced in such matters.
June 22, 2012
Though it takes a while to get the momentum going, Escape from Sobibor has one of the most entertaining and epic endings in history.
June 27, 2012
Alan Arkin's performance was good enough to carry the movie .
½ April 8, 2012
Rutger Hauer is intense, and the plot tries it's best to stay authentic, but Escape from Sobibor lacks the production quality to give the film a chance to tell the story well.
March 22, 2012
This made for TV film about a Nazi death camp isn't polished around the edges, but its a slow burning thriller with an inspiring and suspenseful conclusion. Rutger Hauer and Alan Arkin raise the quality a little bit, telling the tale of a courageous prison escape.
March 8, 2012
Watch if ya get chance, True History, Nazi Scum.... Harsh Reality of the past.!
January 26, 2012
One of my favorites, the escape scene is unforgettable
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