A British woman trying to escape Hungary with her freedom fighter lover finds herself the obsession of a Communist officer.

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Diana Ashmore
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Major Surov
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Paul Kedes (as Jason Robards Jr.)
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Hugh Deverill
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Harold Rhinelander
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Margie Rhinelander
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Billy Rhinelander (as Ronny Howard)
Flip Mark ...
Flip Rhinelander
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Csepege
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Simon Avron
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Teklel Hafouli
Marie Daëms ...
Françoise Hafouli (as Marie Daems)
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Eva
Barbara von Nady ...
Borbala (as Barbara Von Nady)
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Jacques Fabbry
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Budapest 1956. A group of Westerners try to leave the city when Soviet military occupy the country. But the airport is closed down and they have to take a bus to the border. At the border they are stopped by red tape - and Major Surov. The reasons are sketchy, but it seems that the major is romantically interested in one of the westerners, Diana Ashmore. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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While a guest on the interview podcast "WTF with Marc Maron" in 2016, Ron Howard told Maron that as a child on the set of The Journey, Yul Brynner made a vivid impression on him. Howard was especially transfixed while watching Brynner shoot a scene in which his character was supposed to bite into a drinking glass, and to the astonishment of the then-five-year-old Howard, Brynner actually did it. After the shot was over, however, Brynner (who had noticed how impressed the little boy was with the scene) called Howard over to explain to him that the "glass" was actually an edible prop made out of sugar and to warn the child that he should never actually bite a real glass. See more »

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Soviet troops are shown using U.S. equipment such as M4 Sherman tanks and jeeps. During World War II the Lend-Lease program sent over 4,000 Shermans to the USSR, some 400,000 trucks and jeeps, and many other vehicles, including the M5 half-track (which are seen in photos of the 1956 Soviet takeover of Hungary.) Nearly all of this equipment was still in Soviet use in 1956. See more »

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Françoise Hafouli: I don't like this segregation of the sexes. Men are pigs, but after 10pm, they are absolutely indispensable. Non?
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Bold for its day
25 October 2004 | by (Tampa, Florida) – See all my reviews

Very literate, intelligent drama about a group of international travelers held virtual prisoners in the Hungary of 1956 by invading Russian Communist regime. Kerr and Robards play lovers, she a British baroness, he a Hungarian freedom fighter trying to do his bit for his country. Other New York theater stars of the period Anne Jackson & E G Marshall play an American couple traveling with their two young sons, including Ronny Howard in his screen debut. Jackson's character is hugely pregnant and not anxious to give birth in a soon-to-be communist country; she gives an impassioned plea in the third act of this film which presages the naturalistic acting styles we've come to know today from Redgrave, Fonda, & Streep. Leading the pack of Soviet wolves is Yul Brynner, magnificent as a commandant and at his sexiest since he played opposite Kerr in "The King and I". He is mean and nasty and terribly conflicted by his attraction to the lovely, patrician, & heroic Kerr. This is one of the great transition films of the latter part of the Golden Era of American film. Do not miss it.


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