• Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Doctor Zhivago

Release Date: December 20th, 1965

DVD Release Date: July 28th, 1998

PG-13 |3 hr 17 min

Plot Summary

During the Russian Revolution, Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif), is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father's suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar (Julie Christie), who has been having an affair with her mother's lover, Victor Komarovsky (Rod Steiger), an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, however, ends up marrying his cousin, Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin). But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites.

Cast: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Tom Courtenay, Alec Guinness, Rod Steiger, Siobhan McKenna, Ralph Richardson

Director: David Lean

Genres: War , Romance , Historical drama

Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Keywords: Sacrifice, Forbidden love, Wife, Brother, 1950s, Doctor, Emotional, Passionate, Marriage

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    San Francisco Examiner

    Surely there's a middle ground between a Bolshevik-style elevation of history over individual emotion and a Hollywood-style idolization of emotion over impersonal history. Surely it's possible to avoid either deifying or demonizing history, but rather to seek an understanding of it - as a force that shapes private lives even as they shape it. For all its grandeur and beauty, Dr. Zhivago denies the complexity of that exchange. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    So, yes, it's soppy and manipulative and mushy. But that train looks real enough to ride. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Doctor Zhivago is more than a masterful motion picture; it is a life experience. show more

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