The Fixer (1968 film)

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The Fixer
Poster of The Fixer (film).jpg
Directed byJohn Frankenheimer
Produced byEdward Lewis
Written byBernard Malamud (novel)
Dalton Trumbo
StarringAlan Bates
Dirk Bogarde
Georgia Brown
Music byMaurice Jarre
CinematographyMarcel Grignon
Edited byHenry Berman
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
8 December 1968
Running time
132 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom

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's 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. The film is based on Bernard Malamud's novel, which in turn was drawn from an actual experience. [1]


Oscar nomination[edit]

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

Spinoza's quotation[edit]

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.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Ebert, Roger. "The Fixer Review". Roger Ebert. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  2. ^ Baruch Spinoza's A Theologico Political Treatise in Google Books