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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1970)

Ivan Denisovich Shukhov has been sentenced to a camp in the Soviet gulag system. He was accused of becoming a spy after being captured briefly by the Germans as a prisoner of war during ... See full summary »

Director:

Casper Wrede (as Caspar Wrede)

Writers:

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (novel), Ronald Harwood (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Courtenay ... Ivan Denisovich
Espen Skjønberg Espen Skjønberg ... Tiurin
Alf Malland Alf Malland ... Fetiukov
Frimann Falck Clausen Frimann Falck Clausen ... Senka
Jo Skønberg Jo Skønberg ... Gopchik
Wolfe Morris
Odd Jan Sandsdalen Odd Jan Sandsdalen ... Eino
Torstein Rustdal Torstein Rustdal ... Vaino
James Maxwell ... Captain
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Alyosha
Paul Connell Paul Connell
Eric Thompson Eric Thompson ... Tsetzar
John Cording ... Pavlo
Lars Nordrum Lars Nordrum
Matthew Guinness Matthew Guinness ... Kilgas
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Ivan Denisovich Shukhov has been sentenced to a camp in the Soviet gulag system. He was accused of becoming a spy after being captured briefly by the Germans as a prisoner of war during World War II. He is innocent, but is sentenced to ten years in a forced labor camp. The day begins with Shukhov waking up sick. For waking late, he is forced to clean the guardhouse, but this is a comparatively minor punishment. When Shukhov is finally able to leave the guardhouse, he goes to the dispensary to report his illness. It is relatively late in the morning by this time, however, so the orderly is unable to exempt any more workers and Shukhov must work. Based on the life of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

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Drama

Certificate:

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[Ivan is told the Communist Party has decreed the sun reaches zenith one hour after noon.]
Ivan Denisovich: Can they even tell the sun what to do?
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yes, it was depressing and sparse, and beautiful!
9 October 2004 | by steveevans-1See all my reviews

I wouldn't have a clue what it is like to be in a Russian prison camp, but Solzhenitsyn, who wrote the book was in one... In any case, I thought the movie was excellent at capturing the dreary hopelessness of it all, and yes, it is depressing as Mr Dabell says, but that's the whole point. If you want a happy feel good movie, don't watch this one, but this story reveals what reality is like for a segment of the world's population, especially those in prison for political purposes. I personally love this movie and wish it would be released on DVD and not be forgotten. I read the book because of the movie, and found them very similar, but am so glad someone made this into a movie.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1970 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

En dag i Ivan Denisovitsj' liv See more »

Filming Locations:

Røros, Norway See more »

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Gross USA:

$669,584
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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