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The Fixer

Blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo adapted Bernard Malamud's heavyweight novel, a tale of injustice set in pre-revolutionary Russia, but despite obvious effort all round this remains one of those worthy responsible movies trading on its self-proclaimed prestige. Bates suffers his way to an Oscar nomination as Yakov Bok, the Jew who refuses to confess to a crime (the ritual murder of a child) of which he's innocent and is imprisoned without trial. Bogarde, on the other hand, as the melancholy lawyer, who's murdered for attempting to help Bok, has a touch more charisma. Not a patch on the director's earlier Bird Man of Alcatraz.

Release details

Duration: 130 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Frankenheimer
Screenwriter: Dalton Trumbo
Cast: Alan Bates
Dirk Bogarde
Georgia Brown
Jack Gilford
Hugh Griffith
Elizabeth Hartman
Ian Holm
David Warner
Murray Melvin
Peter Jeffrey
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