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 ... See full summary »

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

Also Known As:

Burning Bush  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Karel Roden was considered for the part of Vladimír Charouz, eventually played by Adrian Jastraban. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 29 November 2013 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Vcera nedele byla
Music by Jirí Slitr
Lyrics by Jirí Suchý
Performed by Pavlína Filipovská
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I am still reeling....
28 October 2013 | by (Philadelphia, PA, United States) – See all my reviews

I just viewed this at the Philadelphia Film Festival, and I am still reeling. This movie packs a wallop, I was on the edge of my seat for the whole viewing. The four-plus hours (including two well-timed intermissions) flew by. The Burning Bush is well worth your time.

The story has multiple characters, is complicated and intricate. In light of the current attention given to bullying, this is a primer of institutional and political bullying against private citizens by an occupying force, and of how that poison spread to local government officials. The depth of emotions, the short-sightedness of those in control, and the long-term fallout of decisions are all explored in depth.

Holland's deft hand at keeping these many balls in the air, of not going overboard with personalities, and in maintaining the viewer's interest, is the sign of a true master. The cinematography, pacing, and acting are superb. This exploration of the power of martyrdom, or, better stated, the making of a martyr, is most powerful because it presents various points of view and subsequent decisions made, radiating outwards from Jan Palach's desperate act of defiance.

If you have the chance to see this, make the time.


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