The Fixer (1968 film)

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.

The Fixer
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 film is based on Bernard Malamud's novel, The Fixer (novel) which in turn was inspired by the 1913 trial of Menahem Mendel Beilis, a Russian Jew who was falsely accused of having ritually murdered a Ukrainian boy named Andrei Yushchinsky, an example of the Blood Libel.[1]


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.[2]


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

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