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Man on a Tightrope (1953)

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Czech circus owner-Clown and his entire troupe employ a daring stratagem in order to escape en masse from behind the iron curtain.

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Karel Cernik
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Tereza Cernik
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Zama Cernik
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Joe Vosdek
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Fesker
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Barovic
Alexander D'Arcy ...
Rudolph (as Alex D'Arcy)
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Krofta
Pat Henning ...
Konradin
Paul Hartman ...
Jaremir
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The Chief
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Czech circus owner-Clown and his entire troupe employ a daring stratagem in order to escape en masse from behind the iron curtain.

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communism | circus

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29 June 1953 (West Germany)  »

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Hildegard Knef was supposed to play the female lead, but shortly before filming began, Elia Kazan cast Gloria Grahame instead. See more »

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Rudolph: [to Cernik] The curse of my life is that I'm a handsome man.
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Referenced in American Masters: None Without Sin (2003) See more »

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The Moldau
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from "Ma Vlast (My Country)"
Music by Bedrich Smetana
Arranged by Franz Waxman and Earle Hagen
Played during circus sequences by a band and as background music by the orchestra several times
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A Hidden Gem
17 August 2001 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This little movie is an exciting sleeper. It is a fictional story of a real incident about a small circus in an Eastern Bloc country that planned to escape to the West during the cold war. With uniformly excellent performances by all one of its unique accomplishments is the creation of a real sense of place. Although most of the cast is North American and speak in English, through the use of carefully written dialog, well thought out characterizations and wordrobe you have no doubt that you are in a foreign country listening to people speaking in their own language.

A real candidate for resurrection and re-isse.


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