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Series cast summary:
 Jirí Palach 3 episodes, 2013
 Ondrej Trávnícek 3 episodes, 2013
 Vilém Nový 3 episodes, 2013
 mjr. Docekal 3 episodes, 2013
Adrian Jastraban ...
 Vladimír Charouz 3 episodes, 2013
 Radim Bures 3 episodes, 2013
 mjr. Jires 3 episodes, 2013
Denny Ratajský ...
 por. Bocek 3 episodes, 2013
 Vladka Charouzová 3 episodes, 2013
 JUDr. Sýkora / ... 3 episodes, 2013
 Hana Cízková 3 episodes, 2013
 MUDr. Ziková 3 episodes, 2013
Ivana Uhlírová ...
 JUDr Reznícková / ... 3 episodes, 2013
 JUDr. Sládecek 3 episodes, 2013
Michaela Procházková ...
 Zuzanka Buresová 3 episodes, 2013
Tereza Korejsová ...
 Lucinka Buresová 3 episodes, 2013
 nácelník Horyna 3 episodes, 2013
 Pruvodcí Jiricka / ... 3 episodes, 2013
 JUDr. Knapp 3 episodes, 2013
Hana Marie Marousková
Lukás Cernoch
Pavel Cisovský
Sebastian Jacques
Zuzana Truplová ...
 Studentka FFUK 3 episodes, 2013
Martin Sitta
Lenka Loubalová
Václav Marhold
Borík Procházka
Ivo Kubecka
Jaroslav Pulda
Josef Hervert
Claudia Vaseková
Anne-Francoise Josephová
Alena Dlouhá
Lambert Slezák
Jirí Kohout
Hynek Chmelar
Slávek Bilský
Roman Slovák
Karel Gult
Ctirad Götz
Miroslav Sabadin
Nadezda Husáková
Ludek Nesleha
Marta Vítu
Pavla Gajdosíková
Petr Franek
Lukás Kristán
Karel Wiencek
Milan Encev
Vladimír Kulhavý
Milena Sajdkova
Milan Senki
Veronika Janku
Jirí Vobecký
Klára Hanusová
David Noll
Filip Benesovský
Petr Krejcí
Ivan Nemec
Jakub Zindulka
Diana Soltýsová
Pavlína Skruzná
Vít Levinský
Jirí Tichý
Hana Strnadová
Petr Sedlácek
Samuel Spisák
Jan Battek
Zdenek Faktor
Jan Ekl
Libor Kovár
Jaroslava Kopecká
Marie Nevrlá
Matej Sámal
Bohdan Tuma
Jaroslav Achab Haidler
Josef Platz
Petr Buchácek


Based on real characters and events, this drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1969. Dagmar Buresová, a young female lawyer, became part of his legacy by defending Jan's family in a trial against the communist government, a regime which tried to dishonor Palach's sacrifice, a heroic action for the freedom of Czechoslovakia. Written by HBO Europe

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Release Date:

27 January 2013 (Czech Republic)  »

Also Known As:

Burning Bush  »

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$1,049 (USA) (25 July 2014)


$12,049 (USA) (25 July 2014)

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Music by Petr Novák
Lyrics by Jirí Smetana
Performed by Matej Nechvátal
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A powerful, angry political epic
10 November 2013 | by (Wallis and Futuna) – See all my reviews

Agnieszka Holland's new historical miniseries, about the 1969 public self-immolation of Prague student Jan Palach and the ensuing fallout, is possibly the biggest triumph of her career.

As with the recent trend of films like Carlos, certain miniseries are being given limited runs in theaters when they were helmed from beginning to end by a well-respected art-house circuit director.

At nearly four hours, Burning Bush is hardly a chore to watch, though. It's a breakneck historical epic, political thriller, and courtroom drama all rolled into one. The result is some sort of cinematic Czech national anthem, but also a reminder to anyone of the limitless potential one act of seemingly-futile protest can have against injustice.

The story is a dazzling juggling act of a large cast of vibrant and fascinating characters. From beginning to end it's consistently powerful without needing to resort to mustache-twirling villains or faultless heroes.

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