This is a deeply moving drama about anti-Semitism in tsarist Russia around 1911. A Russian Jewish peasant (the formidable Alan Bates) is wrongly imprisoned for a unlikely crime - on the fragile humanity of a gentle child in Kiev. Bogarde plays the role of a very sympathetic tsarist defense attorney. Based on a true story on Bernard Malamud's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, the movie is at certain passages unrelenting but at the end will reward you. Because such level of direction, and two giants actors as Bogarde and Bates are hard to find in these days.
Actors: Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde, Georgia Brown, Hugh Griffith, Elizabeth Hartman
Directors: John Frankenheimer
Writers: Bernard Malamud, Dalton Trumbo