Triumph of the Spirit Poster

Release Date: 1989

DVD Release Date: April 16th, 2002

R|2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary
In Greece during World War II, Salamo Arouch (Willem Dafoe), a young Jewish boxer, meets regularly with girlfriend Allegra (Wendy Gazelle) until they and their families are sent to Auschwitz. When the Nazis learn of his boxing record, they force him to participate in weekly boxing matches, threatening his family if he refuses. Salamo fights well, despite knowing every person he defeats will be killed. As Allegra sustains him, Salamo fights for the extra rations that will keep his father alive.

Cast: Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, Robert Loggia, Wendy Gazelle, Kelly Wolf, Costas Mandylor, Kario Salem, Edward Zentara

Director: Robert Young

Genres: Docudrama

Keywords: Underdog, Father, Love, 1940s, Survival, Girlfriend