The Fixer (1968)

132 mins | Drama | 1968

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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit cam
2nd unit cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
Violin solo by
SOUND
Sd eng
Rec supv
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Unit prod mgr
Prod secy
Coöp
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Fixer by Bernard Malamud (New York, 1966).
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 8 December 1968
Copyright Claimant:
John Frankenheimer Productions
Copyright Date:
30 September 1968
Copyright Number:
LP36143
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Metrocolor
Duration(in mins):
132
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Yakov Bok, an educated but impoverished Jew in tzarist Russia, is deserted by Raisl, his unfaithful wife, and leaves his small farm and travels to Kiev. It is during the time of the pogroms, and Yakov poses as a gentile, taking a job as a handyman to Lebedev, an alcoholic, anti-Semitic merchant. Yakov refuses to be seduced by Lebedev's crippled daughter Zinaida, and the hysterical girl tries unsuccessfully to accuse him of rape. Despite this threat to his job, Yakov's intelligence keeps him in good standing with Lebedev, and he is promoted to factory overseer-accountant. Yakov alienates the foreman, Proshko, and is plagued by the bothersome neighborhood boys. When one of the boys is brutally murdered, the superstitious people believe the killing to be a "ritual murder" perpetrated by the Jews. Yakov, whose true background has been discovered, is arrested and treated as a convicted murderer, although no specific charges are made. His only ally is Bibikov, a government attorney who realizes the state hopes to get a confession from Yakov in order to indict the whole Jewish population. Bibikov suspects that the dead boy was slain by his mother's lover, and when he begins to probe into the case more deeply, his "suicide" is quickly arranged. As time passes, the imprisoned Yakov suffers indignities and torture but refuses to confess. Eventually, as he grows stronger in his determination, his case attracts international concern, and the tzar is forced to schedule a formal trial. Three years after his arrest, as Yakov arrives for his trial, he is acclaimed a hero by the ... +


Yakov Bok, an educated but impoverished Jew in tzarist Russia, is deserted by Raisl, his unfaithful wife, and leaves his small farm and travels to Kiev. It is during the time of the pogroms, and Yakov poses as a gentile, taking a job as a handyman to Lebedev, an alcoholic, anti-Semitic merchant. Yakov refuses to be seduced by Lebedev's crippled daughter Zinaida, and the hysterical girl tries unsuccessfully to accuse him of rape. Despite this threat to his job, Yakov's intelligence keeps him in good standing with Lebedev, and he is promoted to factory overseer-accountant. Yakov alienates the foreman, Proshko, and is plagued by the bothersome neighborhood boys. When one of the boys is brutally murdered, the superstitious people believe the killing to be a "ritual murder" perpetrated by the Jews. Yakov, whose true background has been discovered, is arrested and treated as a convicted murderer, although no specific charges are made. His only ally is Bibikov, a government attorney who realizes the state hopes to get a confession from Yakov in order to indict the whole Jewish population. Bibikov suspects that the dead boy was slain by his mother's lover, and when he begins to probe into the case more deeply, his "suicide" is quickly arranged. As time passes, the imprisoned Yakov suffers indignities and torture but refuses to confess. Eventually, as he grows stronger in his determination, his case attracts international concern, and the tzar is forced to schedule a formal trial. Three years after his arrest, as Yakov arrives for his trial, he is acclaimed a hero by the crowd. +

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