Escape from Sobibor
is a 1987 prison escape/war/Holocaust movie set in 1943, in the Sobibor extermination camp, where inmates who have been selectively spared for their skills in manufacturing material goods plot their escape from the camp, in part utilizing the skills they possess.
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This film provides examples of:
- Bittersweet Ending: Out of the 600 prisoners they intended to help escape, only 300 survived
- And those were the ones that survived the initial escape. Only between 50 and 70 were confirmed to have survived the war, the vast majority dying in the weeks following the escape. The first by running into minefields, then later on by being caught by the Germans or handed over to them by Polish collaborators - if not outright killed by the latters.
- Concentration Camp: The primary, very unfriendly setting.
- Conveniently Timed Guard: One of the guards goes into a senior officers office and discovers him by spotting blood and following its trail, marking the turning point of the escape when they had previously gotten along without widespread discovery
- Arguably, a Darker and Edgier version of traditional "POW-escape" films.
- Faux Affably Evil: Sgt Wagner.
- Gas Chamber
- Gory Discretion Shot: Used whenever a character is murdered. One exception is when the Nazis execute 26 prisoners for trying to escape, and tell the others that anyone who averts his/her eyes would be executed too. The scene is shot from a long range, though.
- Great Escape
- Karma Houdini: Largely averted by the camp guards, who were prosecuted at various points after the war.
- Sgt. Wagner, on the other hand, is found in hiding, and eventually is found dead with a knife embedded in his chest. The local courts just decide to rule it a suicide.
- Les Collaborateurs: Deconstructed with the Kapos. Kapo Berliner provides the most straight example.
- Reds with Rockets: They show up fairly late in the film, as POWs.
- Those Wacky Nazis: The main antagonists.
- Truth in Television: Indeed.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue
- Would Hurt a Child: Sgt Wagner outright shoots an infant!
- You Killed My Father: Inverted: One of the inmates quietly states "My family.." 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.