- The inside of the ice palace was mostly made up specifically formed wax.
- The lady that Zhivago tries to get onto the train after grabbing her baby actually fell under it and was injured, that shot was also used in the film though we only see her fall down.
- The film was torn apart by critics when first released. Newsweek, in particular, made comments about 'hack-job sets' and 'pallid photography'. 'David Lean' was so deeply affected by these criticisms (despite the popularity of the film with the general public) that he swore he would never make another film.
- The film was not shown in Russia until 1994.
- Producer Carlo Ponti originally bought the rights to the novel so that he could cast his wife, Sophia Loren, in the role of Lara. David Lean, however, did not want to use Loren, claiming that she was 'too tall' for the role.
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