About the film
falsely accused socialism jew persecution jewish ghetto zionism anti-semitism false accusations justice injustice imperial russia kiev russia prison rape russian secret police
Release Date: December 08, 1968
|Slogan||:||«They accused him… They beat him… They condemned him… and after all that, they were more afraid of him than ever.»|
|Production Companies||:||John Frankenheimer Productions Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios, Edward Lewis Productions|
|Producers||:||Irene Howard, Edward Lewis, Enrico Isacco|
|Writers||:||Dalton Trumbo, Bernard Malamud|
Set in tsarist Russia around the turn of the century and based on a true story of a Russian Jewish peasant Yakov Bog who was wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime - the “ritual murder” of a Gentile child in Kiev. We witness the unrelenting detail of the peasant-handyman's life in prison and see him gain in dignity as the efforts to humiliate him and make him confess fail.