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The Journey of the Fifth Horse (1966)

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Ronald Ribman (play), Ivan Turgenev (story "The Diary of a Superfluous Man")
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Aaron Jack Aaron
Susan Anspach ... Miss Gruboy / Elizaveta
William Bassett ... Rubin / Narvinsky (as William H. Bassett)
Jim Doerr Jim Doerr
Catherine Gaffigan Catherine Gaffigan
Martha Greenhouse Martha Greenhouse
Mark Hammer Mark Hammer
Dustin Hoffman ... Zoditch
Susan Lipton Susan Lipton
Harry Miller Harry Miller
Charlotte Rae ... Terentievna
Nicholas Saunders Nicholas Saunders
Ron Seka Ron Seka
Patricia Stich Patricia Stich
Michael Tolan ... Nikolai Alexeyvich Chulkaturin
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This production was presented off-Broadway, where it won an Obie Award. Dustin Hoffman repeats his stage role. See more »

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Nikolai Alexeyvich Chulkaturin: And so, you see what it is to exist as an interruption.
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Fascinating, complex character study
30 April 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Very interesting, well acted videotaped play, starring Dustin Hoffman in one of his earliest leading roles.

Hoffman has some great moments, though he occasionally goes over the top, but the whole cast of NY theater actors is top notch.

Hoffman plays a reader for a publishing company in 1890s Russia with grandiose dreams who is assigned to read the diary of a now dead nobleman, and their two very different tragic lives blend in Hoffman's character's head.

Deft and well handled and ultimately quite moving. A very interesting use of multiple time frames and fantasies. The quality of the videotape itself is a bit rough - understandable given the age - but this is well worth seeing.


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