Triumph of the Spirit (1989)

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In Greece during World War II, a young Jewish boxer, meets regularly with girlfriend Allegra until they and their families are sent to Auschwitz. When the Nazis learn of his boxing, they force him to participate in weekly boxing matches.


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  • Willem Dafoe and Robert Loggia in Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
  • Edward James Olmos in Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
  • Willem Dafoe in Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
  • Edward James Olmos in Triumph of the Spirit (1989)

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27 November 2012 | agniva_pro
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| Driven by performances, fueled by history.
Let us face it, holocaust surrounding second world war and the Nazi torture of Jews have become a thoroughly over-explored topic. Done to death, yes, but this movie came out in 1989! There was no Schindler's List, no Sorstalanság, no Boy in Striped Pyjama or Life is Beautiful... hell, even Europa Europa or the Last Butterfly released after this movie!

So, Triumph of the Spirit could easily have been a reference material for many a modern classic on holocaust. Even when seen as a standalone movie without the predecessors or successors, this is a good movie. The story is based on true incidents, hence it is quite interesting; historically - almost accurate and direction wise - at par with the best. Most of the characters had been explored richly and the cause- effect relationship behind every sub-plot is quite pronounced. The movie never borders on obscurity, yet ends it with a depth that is so often lacking in movies based on real life.

Performance wise Willem Dafoe and Robert Loggia stands out magnificently. Everyone else does their bit to perfection... no hiccups in acting. Sometimes, a bit of production value is missing that we are so used to these days. (Like in the air-raid scene towards the end, any typical Hollywood movie these days would have wonderful SFX showing allied aircrafts and what not... but here it was just the sound Foley and a bit of pyrotechnic... quite old school but very effective).

If you are a true movie buff and looking forward to relive the 80s style of movie production, go for it. You won't be disappointed.

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Release Date:

23 December 1989

Language

English, German


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Poland

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,963 10 December 1989

Gross USA:

$408,839

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$408,839

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