|I won the Nobel Prize for Literature, What was your crime?|
The recently deceased Max von Sydow turned down the lead role, as did Peter O'Toole and Paul Newman. Omar Sharif gave the performance of his career as Zhivago.
But things get stranger. It was released in 1965, the same year as The Sound Of Music. Unexpectedly, The Sound Of Music won the Best Picture Oscar. Also unexpectedly, Dr. Zhivago won the best musical score Oscar. That's maybe not much of a surprise since it was written by Maurice Jarre, who won that Oscar 3 times and was nominated another 6.
The music, obviously, is sublime. Enjoy.