8.8/10
2,980
8 user 4 critic

The Fifth Seal (1976)

Az ötödik pecsét (original title)
In Budapest in 1944, a watchmaker, a book seller and a carpenter are drinking in a bar with the owner,when they are joined by a stranger. The watchmaker asks a hypothetical question that will change their lives.

Director:

Zoltán Fábri

Writers:

Zoltán Fábri, Ferenc Sánta (novel)
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Witness (1969)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Banned for over a decade for its outspoken criticism of the post-WWII communist regime in Hungary, Péter Bacsó's 'The Witness' has since then achieved unparalleled cult status in its native... See full summary »

Director: Péter Bacsó
Stars: Ferenc Kállai, Lajos Öze, Béla Both
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The Tót family resides in Northern Hungary. The couple has a daughter and a son, the latter a member of the armed forces. When his weary major is ordered to take a vacation, the son talks ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Fábri
Stars: Zoltán Latinovits, Imre Sinkovits, Márta Fónay
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

PFC Molnár decides his WWII services are over, and with serious money hidden in his hand grenades, he heads to an abandoned mansion where he encounters not only the sour butler but a bunch ... See full summary »

Director: Márton Keleti
Stars: Tamás Major, Imre Sinkovits, Iván Darvas
Húsz óra (1965)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Mail author for translation. A riporter csak húsz órát tölt a faluban. Beszélgetései so- rán kibontakozik húsz év története. Megismerkedik "elnök Jóska" életútjával, akit gyermekkori ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Fábri
Stars: Antal Páger, János Görbe, Emil Keres
Drama | Sport | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

On Hitler's birthday, the Germans decide to organize a soccer match between prisoners of war and Germans.

Director: Zoltán Fábri
Stars: Imre Sinkovits, Dezsö Garas, József Szendrõ
Sinbad (1971)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An old man is recollecting all the women he met in his youth. An old woman wants them to commit suicide together but changes her mind. The little town has a doctor whose wife can not forget... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Huszárik
Stars: Zoltán Latinovits, Éva Ruttkai, Éva Leelössy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In Budapest, two rival gangs of young boys lay claim to a vacant lot. The hostilities escalate yet never quite boil over into actual violence. Just when things do get out of hand, however, ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Fábri
Stars: Mari Töröcsik, Sándor Pécsi, László Kozák
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In a rural scenery in the throes of difficult changes lives a humble but promising young farmer girl called Mari Pataki. Her father forbids her from seeing the man she loves. The father, ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Fábri
Stars: Mari Töröcsik, Imre Soós, Ádám Szirtes
Requiem (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Mail for translation. Orkeny Istvan novellaja nyoman keszult film cselekmenye az otvenes evek elejen jatszodik. Hannover Istvan, bebortonzott es kivegzett kommunista ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Fábri
Stars: Edit Frajt, Lajos Balázsovits, László Gálffi
Dögkeselyü (1982)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two old women who happen to be pickpockets stole money from Simon, the taxi driver. The police are unable to find the thieves, so Simon decides to find them himself.

Director: Ferenc András
Stars: György Cserhalmi, Hédi Temessy, Zita Perczel
Édes Anna (1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The young maid, Anna starts to work for the noble Vizy family. Mrs Vizy is proud of the hard-working servant but doesn't treat her well. Her nephew seduces Anna with sweet words, but leaves... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Fábri
Stars: Mari Töröcsik, Mária Mezei, Károly Kovács
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When a Latin teacher publishes an essay on the Carthaginian General Hannibal, he is quickly hailed as a celebrity genius, but in reality has become an unwitting pawn of far-right politicians.

Director: Zoltán Fábri
Stars: Ernö Szabó, Noémi Apor, Emmi Buttykay
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lajos Öze Lajos Öze ... Gyuricza Miklós (as Õze Lajos)
László Márkus László Márkus ... Király László
Ferenc Bencze ... Béla
Sándor Horváth Sándor Horváth ... Kovács János
István Dégi István Dégi ... Keszei Károly
Zoltán Latinovits Zoltán Latinovits ... Civilruhás
Gábor Nagy Gábor Nagy ... Szõke hajú
György Bánffy György Bánffy ... Magas
József Vándor József Vándor ... Macák
Noémi Apor Noémi Apor ... Kovácsné
Ildikó Pécsi Ildikó Pécsi ... Irén
Marianna Moór Marianna Moór ... Lucy (as Moór Mariann)
Rita Békés Rita Békés ... Erzsi
György Cserhalmi ... Haldokló kommunista
Gábor Kiss Gábor Kiss ... Õr
Edit

Storyline

In Budapest in 1944, a watchmaker, a book seller and a carpenter are drinking in a bar with the owner,when they are joined by a stranger. The watchmaker asks a hypothetical question that will change their lives.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Edit

Details

Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

7 October 1976 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Das fünfte Siegel See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Fifth Seal
17 November 2018 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This film takes place in Budapest during the German occupation of Hungary toward the end of World War 2. As it so happens, four men are sitting at a table in a bar when a stranger hobbles in and asks to join them. After learning that the man was a soldier who was wounded during his service the talk subsequently takes a philosophical turn when a watchmaker named "Miklós Auricular" (Lajos Öze) tells a story and then asks a philosophical question which haunts each of these men the rest of the night. The question, essentially, is whether it would be better to live as a slave and endure severe abuse but have a clear conscience or to live as an abusive slave owner and have no conscience at all. Although they each reach various conclusions their beliefs and values are soon put to the test with surprising results. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was a deep but rather dark film made even more interesting by the historical context involving the Russian offensive into Hungary. Also worth mentioning is the fact that this film won the Golden Prize at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival along with being nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1977. That being said, I thought it was a good movie overall and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Above average.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed