The Fixer (1968 film)

The Fixer
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Produced by Edward Lewis
Written by Bernard Malamud (novel)
Dalton Trumbo
Starring Alan Bates
Dirk Bogarde
Georgia Brown
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography Marcel Grignon
Edited by Henry Berman
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
8 December 1968
Running time
132 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Fixer is a 1968 British drama film based on the 1966 semi-biographical novel of the same name, written by Bernard Malamud. It was directed by John Frankenheimer and stars Alan Bates.


It is the story of a man named Yakov Bok, a Jew living in the Russian Empire, who was unjustly imprisoned based on prejudice and the blood libel. It was based on the incidents of the Beilis Trial in 1913, in which Menahem Mendel Beilis was wrongly accused of having murdered a Ukrainian boy named Andrei Yushchinsky, with blood libel being presented as the alleged motivation.


Oscar nomination

It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Alan Bates).

Spinoza's quotation

The film includes the quotation of a sentence by Baruch Spinoza:

All these questions fall within a man's natural right which he cannot abdicate even with his own consent.: Tractatus_Theologico-Politicus, chapter XX.[1]


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