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István, a király (1984)

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.

Director:

Gábor Koltay

Writers:

Miklós Boldizsár (from play "Ezredforduló"), János Bródy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
László Pelsöczy László Pelsöczy ... István
Miklós Varga Miklós Varga ... István (singing voice)
Gyula Vikidál Gyula Vikidál ... Koppány
Katalin Berek Katalin Berek ... Sarolt (as Kati Berek)
Bernadette Sára Bernadette Sára ... Gizella (as Bernadett Sára)
Máté Victor Máté Victor ... Asztrik
Jácint Juhász Jácint Juhász ... Sebestyén
Lajos Balázsovits Lajos Balázsovits ... Vecellin
Gyula Deák Bill Gyula Deák Bill ... Torda (as Gyula Deák 'Bill')
Feró Nagy Feró Nagy ... Laborc (as 'Feró' Nagy)
Ottilia Kovács Ottilia Kovács ... Réka
Márta Sebestyén Márta Sebestyén ... Réka (singing voice)
Péter Balázs Péter Balázs ... Bese
Sándor Sörös Sándor Sörös ... Solt
Sándor Szakácsi 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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History | Music

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian | Latin

Release Date:

19 April 1984 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Kung Istvan See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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The most popular Hungarian musical of all-time. See more »

Soundtracks

Szállj fel, szabad madár
Lyrics by János Bródy
Music by Levente Szörényi
Performed by Gyula Vikidál and the vocal chorus
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Old and new fighting and living together
8 October 2003 | by MZperASee all my reviews

A marvelous representation of the duality of Hungarian spirit: respecting traditions and making innovations. The fight between the love of freedom and the need of adaptation to a new environment for security are expressed with music and dance. Koppány hangs on to the ancient roots, and freedom, István wants freedom by reforms and integration to the early Medieval Europe of Christian values. Their fight is not about lust for power but the responsibility for the future of the nation. All this with the rock music of Koppány and the more melodic tunes of István give an experience I still can recall, though I have seen the movie premiere 20 years ago.


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