Triumph of the Spirit (2000)




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Triumph of the Spirit is the true story of Salamo Arouch, a Greek-Jewish boxer imprisoned in Auschwitz during World War II. Arrested while attempting to help his family and friends escape the Nazi juggernaut, Arouch (Dafoe) is slated for extermination. He manages to survive--and to serve as an inspiration for his fellow inmates--by literally boxing for his life. He does this at the orders of his SS captors, who gamble on the outcome of Arouch's bouts. With each victory, Arouch is rewarded with … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: , , , , , ,
Written By: Zion Haen, Shimon Arama, Laurence Heath, Andrzej Krakowski, Millard Lampell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 16, 2002
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Salamo Arouch

as Father Arouch

as Allegra

as Jacko Levy

as Elena

as Avram Arouch

as Maj. Rauscher

as Aide to Rauscher

as Kapo Kyr

as Kapo Hilda

as Clog Thief

as Announcer

as Rauscher's Girl Frie...

as Dying Woman

as Prisoner Nurse

as Greek Prisoner

as Greek Prisoner

as Greek Prisoner

as Greek Prisoner
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Critic Reviews for Triumph of the Spirit

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

August 1, 2005

Audience Reviews for Triumph of the Spirit

A poorly written and executed film, based on a heartbreaking, harrowing tale, is still a poorly written and executed film. The boxing scenes are actually this bomb's saving grace. Aside from that, "Triumph" is a term that's about as far from proplerly describing this as possible. Considering the powerful nature of the story, that seems hard to believe, but, behold! Here's the first film of which I am aware that does a total disservice to the plight of Jewish people during the Holocaust. Bad production values, and trite portrayals of both Germans and Jews make this move uninteresting.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


A good screenplay that seems bogged down by bad casting. Dafoe is exceptional but most of the rest seem oddly out of place. This should have been and could have been so much better.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

A very confusing film. The story does capture your attention, but it's so poorly structured and paced that you stop caring about halfway through it. Then again, Dafoe, Olmos, and Loggia give strong enough performances that you start caring again. Director Robert Young seems more interested in heaping more and more drama on top of an already tragic and terrifying story, and sometimes the punches hit a lot less strong. But in the end, the film has some moving pieces, and might keep you interested.

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