Main Cast :
Rutger Hauer - Lt. Alexander “Sasha” Pechersky
Alan Arkin - Leon Feldhendler
Joanna Pacula - Luka
Hartmut Becker - Sgt. Wagner
Jack Shepherd - Itzhak Lichtman
Emil Wolk - Samuel
Simon Gregor - Stanislav “Shlomo” Szmajzner
Linal Haft - Kapo Porchek
Jason Norman - Thomas “Toivi” Blatt
Eli Nathenson - Moses Szmajzner
Hugo Bower - Sgt. Beckmann
Klaus Grünberg - Sgt. Bauer
Reginald Rose from a book by Richard Rashke
Awards and Nomionations:
1988 - Golden Globe Award to Rutger as Best Supporting Actor
1988 - Golden Globe Award a Best Mini-Series Made for TV
1988 - Golden Globe Nomination as Best Actor
Plot: The film tells the remarkable true story of a mass escape from the Nazi death camp of Sobibor, located in Eastern Poland.
A small group of prisoners (the few ones not sent to gas chambers) have to work in the camp under the control of the Nazi and Ukrainian guards.
One day, a group of Russian soldiers is imprisoned in that camp, and their leader, Sasha, together with a Jewish man, Leon, who had lost all his family there, organizes the biggest escape ever from a Nazi death camp.
Notes: For 40 years the story of how 300 people escaped from a Nazi death camp remained a secret from the world.
While filming it, Rutger met a survivor of the original great escape who served as an adviser, “I felt like crying but I didn’t want to embarass her”.
This escape took place on October 14, 1943.
The real Sasha Pechersky in 1981 in the Red Square (Moscow)