A young physician (Omar Sharif) and his beautiful mistress (Julie Christie) get swept up in the danger and drama of the Bolshevik Revolution in this Oscar-winning epic based on the classic novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Boris Pasternak. The film earned five Academy Awards in all, including statues for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Score and Best Screenplay. Alec Guinness and Rod Steiger co-star.
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- David Lean
- This movie is
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1967 BAFTA®
- 1966 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)
- Best Director (Motion Picture)
- Best Motion Picture (Drama)
- Top 100 Passions
- Top 100 Movies nominee
PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; double-sided disc; audio commentary by actors Omar Sharif, Rod Steiger and the director's wife Lady Sandra Lean.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Castilian): Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary by Omar Sharif, Rod Steiger and Sandra Lean; "Doctor Zhivago: A Celebration" two-part featurette.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this epic historical film traces the tumultuous events of the Russian Revolution through the eyes of a noble doctor and poet. Dr. Zhivago's ideals, and his very-personal poetry, have made him a marked man in the socialist state, and he and his family are forced to make some very difficult choices to survive in the new regime. He also must choose between his wife and mistress, though ultimately the decision is forced upon him by the tragic circumstances of the period. There are several significant battle scenes, but little explicit violence. And while Zhivago's long-running affair is a key part of the story, there is no onscreen sex. Expect a good amount of smoking and drinking, especially vodka.
- Sexual Content
- No nudity or sex, but couples are shown in bed under the covers. The main character carries on a long-running extramarital affair. An older man seduces the teenage daughter of his mistress.
- Several major battle scenes that leave people maimed or dead, though little explicit violence. Some intense arguments, and one nasty rape scene.
- Little coarse language. One man calls a woman a "bitch" during a heated argument.
- Social Behavior
- Sometimes people get caught up in events greater than themselves, and must do what they can to survive. During the Russian Revolution and the ensuing years of chaos, Dr. Zhivago is forced to choose between his wife and his mistress, and ultimately must make a difficult sacrifice to protect the woman he loves.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Plenty of scenes feature drinking at parties, at meals, or other social events, or just to fend off the brutal Russian cold. Many people smoke cigarettes, and a few men enjoy their cigars.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it