Escape From Sobibor (1987)

 (674)7.41 h 59 min198718+
Nailbiting and true account of the largest successful esape from a Nazi concentration camp.
Jack Gold
Alan ArkinRutger HauerJoanna Paula
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1898 MAUSERReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
really bad editing. Other scenes edited out are Schlomo in ...
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I am in two minds about whether I should be slagging this film or not, the thing for me is that I had previously seen this movie before back in 1988 and recorded it on video and after watching that version, then comparing this latest DVD edition I have to admit although the DVD conveys as riveting a movie the DVD version has glaring omissions, it has been edited by some moron who has removed scenes from the original movie which in my opinion lend more weight, by their relevance, to the story of the brutality and monstrosity of those SS bastards and illustrates more precisely what those people in that situation had to endure. The escape scene at the beginning of the movie is not shown to its conclusion,cut short, you are never informed how the escapees got on because that part was cut out. The camp inmates are paraded so Wagner can present them with the bodies of the escapees on a handcart, shot down in their desperate attempt and Wagner standing over them murderously gloating,really bad editing. Other scenes edited out are Schlomo in his hut confronted by the two Kommandants being told to make a gold insignia bearing the Kommandant's initials to be fixed on his riding crop. Schlomo tells him "I could make that for you but I don't have any gold" whereupon Wagner throws a bag of gold teeth fillings on the table. And there are other scenes left out which in my opinion slights the efforts of all who took part in the making of this fine film.It could have been a whole lot better had it been left the way it was originally intended, the full story.
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phil historianReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
An emotional and powerful movie
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This is a hard to watch, but worth watching movie on the prisoner revolt at Sobibor, one of the worst Nazi death camps in Poland. Sobibor was a secret camp in the woods of eastern Poland but it is estimated 250,000 or more Jews were killed there, and the camp was operational for not even two years, the camp opening in May 1942 and closed after the October 1943 revolt. The Nazis tried their best to clean the area of evidence of their crimes, but human ashes are still located there today, and remnants of the gas chambers.
The movie starts out with the arrival of a train of Jews to the camp, as the SS warn the Jewish prisoners not to panic them or they will be killed. The Jews are split into two groups, women and children on one side, and men and boys 14 and older on the other. The guards go down the line asking for people with special skills, such as seamstresses, tailors, shoemakers, etc.. Unknown to them this saves their lives. The rest of the prisoners are told by the SS they must go to the showers and then begin working in the camp, where they will begin working but enjoy good food and lodgings. In a very moving scene made worse by the sad music being played as the women and children walk down the road waving to their loved ones behind, including the mother and sister of a teenage goldsmith who is one of the main characters of the story. Several elderly people are pushed on a cart as they are too infirm to walk, and finally the men and boys are made to move, among them the father of the goldsmith and his younger brother. It is hard to watch as the viewer knows all of them are going to soon be killed. The only prisoners left behind are a group of women and men selected for their skills, and an old man who hits a Nazi officer after predicting the fall of the Reich. He is shot by Gustav Wagner, among the most brutal of the Nazis at Sobibor, after the other prisoners have been taken to the gas chambers. The goldsmith and his brother produce valuables for the Nazis, and when the teenager asks a Nazi officer when he can see his parents and sister he is told they are working hard and are happy, which we know is a lie. Meanwhile, the prisoners begin to find out the truth about the camp and that their loved ones have all been killed. The goldsmith's brother finds this out personally when he is sent to get gold for a Nazi sergeant, and sees naked prisoners outside a gas chamber while hearing the screams of those being killed inside. The most graphic scene of the movie (in my opinion) occurs during this scene when a naked little boy runs away from the line and a dog is set loose to chase him. The last thing we ever see is the dog closing in and a woman screaming. After hearing this the goldsmith meets with the other prisoners plotting an escape and when some prisoners try to escape the camp they are captured and brought back, and forced to pick someone to be shot with them. Another hard to watch scene is when Wagner discovers the baby of a woman working as a seamstress. Although he only plans to shoot the baby the mother spits on him and takes the baby back, resulting in him shooting them both.
The film ends with the prisoners revolting, killing several guards but many being killed by mines and machine gun fire. Despite this the camp was closed after the mass escape and it was the largest prisoner escape from a Nazi death camp. This is not a movie to watch if you get upset easily or have a soft stomach but still gripping and much worth watching.
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Chris LongReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2016
1.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie, horrible quality. Don't believe the "digitally remastered" garbage.
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This is great movie, even if it IS made for television. However, the "digitally remastered" DVD that you will receive is shockingly poor quality--like it was dubbed off my old VCR. According to IMDB, this film was originally shot with 35mm, so there is no excuse, other than trying to trick people like myself, for releasing such a poor quality DVD. It's practically unwatchable. In fact, if you have an old CRT TV, you might hook up your DVD player to it so it will blur it a bit.

If you can see the film in a format that does it justice, then it's highly recommended. But for now, I'll have to wait for a better version--and you should to.
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ConsuelaReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Worth Watching!
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Saw this back in the day when it first came out. Watched it again today. I liked the heroism of it. The entire camp of enslaved inmates escaping in mass from a well guarded concentration death camp in Nazi Germany was stirring. Although less than half made it out alive, that still means nearly 50% beat the odds. Then they had to keep themselves alive until the end of the war. Many did not. But once the war was over, things changed. Of course, the motto: NEVER AGAIN! (one of the last things said in the movie by the narrator) means only that it never happened again in mass to the Jews. Once the amalgamate Jewish immigration to Israel began, they became a force to be reckoned with. But it still happens today, these genocides--only to darker skinned people. There will always be evil. I wish more of the WWII camp occupants of that era had been as daring as those who fled Sobibor. . Although circumstances may never have been present for them to do that. The Germans learned from this escape. I cannot imagine the horror of any of it. I appreciated hearing about those who lived after the war and how they went on to testify against those responsible for such atrocities. Plus, I was touched by the loyalty they had for each other. I have always enjoyed Rutger Hauer's performances, even when the movies are bad. This one wasn't, just the times and the circumstances of the story were bad. Alan Arkin has been a favorite of mine, too, ever since I saw him in the flick, The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming. He is a good actor. All-in-all, it is stirring rendition of what happened, the one and only time, there was a mass revolt and escape by the inmates from a German Death Camp.
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Kindle Customer Steve HighReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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This film is really good. Now all of a sudden Prime Membership is no longer prime. i watched this film a couple of months ago and now it is not in a prime membership category, in other words i have to pay more money just to watch it again. I have read a lot of reviews and i do believe that a yearly cost now $100 plus a year is no longer worth the cost of prime membership. when they start putting DOLLAR SIGNS, or ADS on MY WATCHLIST, I REALIZED THIS IS BS. WHEN MY CONTRACT COMES UP IN DECEMBER 2021, I WILL NOT RENEW AMAZON PRIME MEMBERSHIP. AS FAR AS MY PURCHASES AT AMAZON, I AM CURRENTLY DOWNLOADING BUT I NEED AN ASSURANCE ABOUT SEVERAL MOVIES AND TV SHOWS I HAVE BOUGHT THROUGH AMAZON. IF I CANNOT CONTINUE TO LISTEN OR WATCH I THINK AMAZON IS GOING TO BE IN A WORLD OF HURT. I PRAY NOT. THEY HAVE ALWAYS TREATED ME GREAT AND I THINK THEY STILL WILL.
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Danny de LuqueReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Escape From Sobibor is a Low Budget Albeit Very Good Film...
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Escape From Sobibor is a low budget albeit very good film based on real events. The tragedies and triumphs depicted in this film, originally made for television, are an important history that people should know about for the benefit of future generations. The subject matter of this film involves extreme violence that children should not view. There is also a brief nude scene that shows very little as women and children are marched into the gas chamber. This scene should be edited so as not to show nudity.
Augustine InvictusReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
True Account of a Nazi Extermination Camp in Poland
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I obtained this movie from my father's wide collection of movies. Sobibor is in eastern Poland. An extermination camp was built there primarily for Jewish people gathered from parts of Europe such as Poland, the Netherlands, Russia, etc. On arrival, those selected for labor are separated from those that were to be immediately killed by gassing or otherwise, men, women and children.Those selected for labor are to be exterminated later on. What was horrifying for me and my friends were the scenes such as the arrival of a train in Sobibor. To deceive the doomed people, the Nazis begin to play that beautiful Strauss Waltz "Tale from the Vienna Woods" and to see some of the unsuspecting children swaying their bodies to the rythym of the music was just heartbreaking. The roles played by the American actor (Alan Arkin) as a leader of the concentration camp inmates and the German actor ( Rutger Hauer) as a Jewish Russian prisoner of war were just extremely commendable. However, everyone including the acting of the German Nazi Officers,their subordinates and their prisoners who played certain roles in the movie, was so impressive that the Director of this movie did an excellent job in our opinion.

If you watch this movie, be prepared to be exposed to the wanton cruelty of the German SS Nazi officers and the callousness of their just as cruel Ukrainian SS Guards. What is very disheartening is the fact that this is a true account : how cruel can a human being be to his fellow human. Therefore, a planned escape from this Camp of Hell was very desirable. We gave "Escape from Sobibor" 5 stars because we thought it was worth it.
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JeffJReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
poor quality, and pretty slow
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I watched the first 20 minutes. Not much really happened. This is a slow movie. Plus the video transfer is terrible. It looks like a VHS quality movie. I watched this on Amazon Prime. So don't believe the marketing that says the quality is high.

I scanned thru the rest of the movie. It also looks pretty slow. Yes, it is horrible what happened in Sobibor. But there must a better way to keep the audience involved in a movie. It is good to see Rutger Hauer here, when he was young. He has passed away...he was such a good actor.
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