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The Bridgeman (2002)

A hídember (original title)
This epic story takes place between 1820 and 1860 during the Habsburg Monarchy, and portrays the life one of the greatest Hungarian aristocrats - Count Széchenyi - who was born with ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Károly Eperjes ...
Irina Lachina ...
Ervin Nagy ...
Can Togay ...
Lajos Batthyányi
Marius Bodochi ...
Karl Clam-Martinitz
Iván Darvas ...
Adél Kováts ...
Caroline Mead
Sándor Gáspár ...
Pál Széchenyi
Tibor Gáspár ...
Lajos Széchenyi
Dezsö Garas ...
Attila Kaszás ...
László Sinkó ...
Péter Haumann ...
Dr. Coenget
József Szarvas ...
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This epic story takes place between 1820 and 1860 during the Habsburg Monarchy, and portrays the life one of the greatest Hungarian aristocrats - Count Széchenyi - who was born with extra-ordinary mental and spiritual talents. In the years following the fall of Napoleon the young count Széchenyi irresponsibly seduces his brother's wife, and the consequent scandal ruins his career as an army officer. After the sudden death of his humiliated lover Count Széchenyi drastically changes his character from that of a shallow young man into a responsible nobleman seeking to conquer his fate by creating great achievements in his remaining life. A great friendship and a special new love help the count to overcome all other obstacles. Széchenyi becomes one of the most famous politicians of his time. He is chosen as the leader of the opposition, and as such he becomes the enemy of the Habsburgs. However, Széchenyi has never intended to go against his aristocratic upbringing and to be part of a ... Written by Zoltan Furedi

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Release Date:

11 April 2002 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Im Schatten der Brücke  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Károly Eperjes refused to do the suicide scene because it is not proved that Széchenyi took his own life. See more »

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Most expensive Hungarian film ever
10 May 2004 | by (Budapest, Hungary) – See all my reviews

Hidember is the most expensive Hungarian film ever made, and this can be seen on the quality of the movie. The subjest of the movie is the life of Istvan Szechenyi, who established the Hungarian Academy of Science, made the first bridge on the DUNA river in Budapest and contributed additionally big sums to the development of Hungary in the XIX. century. At the end of hid life he was murdered by agents of the Habsburg family, as at this time Hungary was part of the Habsburg empire. At the time of filming the production was strongly supported by the Hungarian government, therefore crictics came in big waves from the opposition. (The celebrations for the 1100 (!) years of the existence of the Hungraian State took place in 1996, and had nothing to do with this film.)

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