''Escape from Sobibor'' is a 1987 British made-for-TV film that dramatizes the 1943 escape of over three hundred prisoners from the Sobibor extermination camp. Inmates who were selectively spared for their skills in manufacturing material goods plot their escape from the camp, in part utilizing the skills they possess to make it happen. The film stars stars Creator/AlanArkin and Creator/RutgerHauer; it is based on the book of the same written by Richard Rashke, and camp survivor Thomas Blatt (who helped Rashke with his book) served as a consultant.
!! ''Escape from Sobibor'' contains examples of the following tropes:
* AwfulTruth: Moses discovers this about the camp when he sees the gas chambers for the first time.
* BearerOfBadNews: Leon and Samuel have to tell Itzhak that his wife and son were murdered shortly after they arrived. [[TearJerker He doesn't take it well.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Out of the six hundred prisoners that the camp's underground intended to help escape, only three hundred made into the forests -- and those were the ones that survived the initial escape. Only fifty or so of those escapees were confirmed to have survived the war. The vast majority died in the weeks following the escape; they were either caught by German search squads, handed over to the Germans by Polish collaborators (if not outright killed by the latter), or vanished without a trace (e.g. Luka and Moses).]]
* BlatantLies: The Nazis tell all new arrivals that they're being sent to the "[[GasChamber showers]]" for decontamination.
* [[POWCamp Concentration Camp]]: The primary, very unfriendly setting.
* ConvenientlyTimedGuard: [[spoiler:One of the guards goes into a senior officer's office and discovers him by spotting blood and following its trail. This marks the turning point of the escape when they had previously gotten along without widespread discovery.]]
* DeathByMaterialism: The prisoners use a fancy leather coat to lure one SS guard into a trap. They even use the coat to restrain him while they're killing him.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Naomi [[spoiler:spits at Wagner's offer to spare her while killing her baby, both figuratively and literally. She holds her baby and smiles in defiance as he shoots her.]]
* EmpathyDollShot: Rooms full of possessions belonging to the people sent to the "shower."
* FauxAffablyEvil: Sergeant Wagner; Captain Reichleitner
* GoryDiscretionShot: The film uses this whenever a character is murdered. One exception is [[spoiler:when the Nazis execute 26 prisoners for trying to escape (actually only 13 tried to escape; the other 13 were randomly selected to die to further dissuade any future escape attempts) and tell the others that anyone who averts his/her eyes will be executed.]] The scene is shot from a long range, though.
* HeroicBSOD: Itzhak goes through this when told of his family's death. He snaps out of it.
* KarmaHoudini: Largely averted by the camp guards, who were either killed later during the war or prosecuted at various points after the war.
** Sergeant Wagner was [[spoiler:found in hiding in Brazil. The Brazilian government refused to extradite him, but he was eventually found dead with a knife embedded in his chest. The local courts ruled it a suicide.]]
* LesCollaborateurs: Deconstructed with the Kapos; Kapo Berliner provides the most straight example.
* OhCrap: The Nazi guards' reactions to the uprising.
** Also the leaders of the revolt when SS reinforcements unexpectedly arrive at the camp on the planned day of the escape. [[spoiler:They are forced to postpone the escape until the next day.]]
* ReleasedToElsewhere: The Nazis try this, but the prisoners selected to work learn the truth pretty quickly.
* RousingSpeech: Leon and Sasha give one to the prisoners just before they break out.
* SadisticChoice: After a group of prisoners is caught trying to escape, Sergeant Wagner not only has them publicly executed, but he forces each of them to choose a "partner" from the audience to die with them. He threatens to have fifty random prisoners executed if they don't obey.
* SlaveMooks: The Kapos. And to a certain extent the Ukrainian guards. [[note]] Many (if not most) of them were Soviet [=POWs=] who either volunteered or were pressed into service by the Nazis.[[/note]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: Strauss plays over loudspeakers while people are marched to the "showers."
* SuddenlyShouting: Courtesy of Sergeant Wagner.
--> Wagner: "There will be no more escape attempts in this camp. I'll repeat that: THERE WILL BE NO MORE ESCAPE ATTEMPTS IN THIS CAMP!"
* ThoseWackyNazis: The main antagonists. (Though "wacky" may not exactly be the right word here...)
* TruthInTelevision: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sobibor#The_uprising Indeed]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Schlomo calls out the other prisoners for working for the people who killed their families. Leon responds with IDidWhatIHadToDo.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Sergeant Wagner shoots Naomi's baby after killing her.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:Inverted: One of the inmates quietly states "My wife and child..." before hitting an elderly guard in the head with an axe. Subverted with the Szmajzner brothers, who are motivated in their escape by anger at the Nazis for their families deaths, but don't state this before taking down the guards.]]