Doctor Zhivago (1965)

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Sweeping epic about a Russian doctor pursuing the woman he loves during Russia's turbulent political changes of World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution and Communism's rise to power.


  • Omar Sharif
  • Julie Christie
  • Geraldine Chaplin
  • Rod Steiger
  • Alec Guinness
  • Tom Courtenay
  • Siobhan McKenna
  • Ralph Richardson
  • Rita Tushingham
  • Jeffrey Rockland

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  • Critics tore the film apart upon release. Newsweek commented about "hack-job sets" and "pallid photography". Director David Lean was so deeply affected that he swore he would never make another movie. Thanks in part to MGM's marketing campaign and strong word of mouth, this became the second highest-grossing movie of 1965, behind The Sound of Music (1965). It received ten Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture and Director) and won 5 awards, giving Lean the confidence to continue making movies. His next movie, Ryan's Daughter (1970), received a poisonous reception from critics and bombed at the box office. Lean made his next film, A Passage to India (1984), over 14 years later.
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  • The book on the table in front of Tonya changes position and its cover rises a bit when Yevgraf sits down.
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    • Lara: Wouldn't it have been lovely if we'd met before?
    • Zhivago: Before we did? Yes.
    • Lara: We'd have got married, had a house and children. If we'd had children, Yuri, would you like a boy or girl?
    • Zhivago: I think we may go mad if we think about all that.
    • Lara: I shall always think about it.
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So, yes, it's soppy and manipulative and mushy. But that train looks real enough to ride.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times