Sometimes people get caught up in events greater than themselves, and must do what they can to survive. During the Russian Revolution and the ensuing years of chaos, Dr. Zhivago is forced to choose between his wife and his mistress, and ultimately must make a difficult sacrifice to protect the woman he loves.
Several major battle scenes that leave people maimed or dead, though little explicit violence. Some intense arguments, and one nasty rape scene.
No nudity or sex, but couples are shown in bed under the covers. The main character carries on a long-running extramarital affair. An older man seduces the teenage daughter of his mistress.
Little coarse language. One man calls a woman a "bitch" during a heated argument.
Plenty of scenes feature drinking at parties, at meals, or other social events, or just to fend off the brutal Russian cold. Many people smoke cigarettes, and a few men enjoy their cigars.