MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#9 of 48) – Escape From Sobibor (1987) – Encore Review 2


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #9 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – I saw this when it first aired on TV when I was just 13. The story is so compelling and moving and remains so poignant and powerful no matter how many times that I’ve seen it because of its message of hope that rings true throughout.

“Observe: [scattering sand on the ground] Do you see? How I am scattering this? Grain by grain. That will be what will happen with your filthy Reich. It will vanish like flying dust and passing smoke.” – Old Man

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (12 April 1987 on TV, DVD, 18 Jul 2013, 1 Aug 2017 and 6 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A group of prisoners in a Nazi death camp try to find a way to arrange an escape for all of the 600 prisoners.

My Take on it – Such a powerful film that is based on real events. The story unfolds in an unbelievable way and allows us to see that even in the most desperate situations, there is always room for hope. The characters are each developed really well and that adds to the suspense and tension because we never quite know who will eventually survive or not. They have some great twists in the story that help make things even more gripping to watch. The film doesn’t shy away from showing the evil of many of the Nazi and Ukrainian guards who would kill and maim just for their own amusement. This film is noted as one of the very first to allow full nudity in a prime time film due to the way that they needed to depict the realism of the gas chambers. The cast is spectacular and Alan Arkin, Rutger Hauer and Joanna Pacula are all amazing in their roles. It’s obvious that certain aspects of the story have been Hollywoodicized, but that doesn’t take much away from the impact of this very powerful story. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Of the approximately three hundred prisoners who escaped to the woods from Sobibor, only around sixty survived until the end of the war. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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