After the death of Géza, the Hungarian monarch, his son István and his brother Koppány gets in a conflict for the Hungarian throne. Their battle should settle the fate of Hungary: whether it adopts Christianity or remains in Paganism.

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László Pelsöczy ...
István
Miklós Varga ...
István (singing voice)
Gyula Vikidál ...
Koppány
Katalin Berek ...
Sarolt (as Kati Berek)
Bernadette Sára ...
Gizella (as Bernadett Sára)
Máté Victor ...
Asztrik
Jácint Juhász ...
Sebestyén
Lajos Balázsovits ...
Vecellin
Gyula Deák Bill ...
Torda (as Gyula Deák 'Bill')
Feró Nagy ...
Laborc (as 'Feró' Nagy)
Ottilia Kovács ...
Réka
Márta Sebestyén ...
Réka (singing voice)
Péter Balázs ...
Bese
Sándor Sörös ...
Solt
Sándor Szakácsi ...
Sur
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After the death of Géza, the Hungarian monarch, his son István and his brother Koppány gets in a conflict for the Hungarian throne. Their battle should settle the fate of Hungary: whether it adopts Christianity or remains in Paganism.

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This movie was the 3rd biggest Hungarian box-office hit in the 1980s. (The first two are: _Vuk (1981)_ and _Pogány madonna, A (1980)_.) See more »

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Szállj fel, szabad madár
Lyrics by János Bródy
Music by Levente Szörényi
Performed by Gyula Vikidál and the vocal chorus
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2 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

People don't associate Hungary with rock music, less with rock musicals but this is great. Who'll have trouble finding it though as music promotion is confined to Anglophile and the MTV generation. An impressive musical score by a talented rock composer. There was a Canadian program which was hated by the critics but exposed this kind of obscure European music. The passion comes from the peoples' desire to overthrow the restrictions of communist dictatorship. But with this freedom comes the need to adapt to the unfamiliar and new demands and responsibilities. This musical examines that problem. The central characters are Koppány, who hangs on to the traditions and István who wants freedom through reforms and combination to an earlier Christian values and morality. Unlike some clumsy commercial musical which would present the conflict as a fight for power, here the enemies have a conscientious intention to ensure the future. You will also get a course in Hungarian history whilst singing along to all th every memorable songs


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