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Szamárköhögés (1987)

The story of 10-year-old boy and his family against the backdrop of the bloody events of 1956, in Budapest. Children do not yet understand what is going on, but they're happy because the ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Mari Töröcsik ... Nagyi
Dezsö Garas Dezsö Garas ... Feri, az apa
Judit Hernádi Judit Hernádi ... Franciska, az anya
Marcell Tóth Marcell Tóth ... Tomi
Eszter Kárász Eszter Kárász ... Annamari
Anna Fehér Anna Fehér ... Szidi
Dénes Ujlaky Dénes Ujlaky ... Tanár
István Dégi István Dégi ... Pedellus
Zoltán Gera Zoltán Gera ... Szomszéd
Gyula Szersén Gyula Szersén
Gábor Reviczky Gábor Reviczky ... Tausz
Tamás Végvári Tamás Végvári ... Feri testvére
Károly Eperjes ... Ákos
Lajos Kránitz Lajos Kránitz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
György Ajtai Andor György Ajtai Andor


The story of 10-year-old boy and his family against the backdrop of the bloody events of 1956, in Budapest. Children do not yet understand what is going on, but they're happy because the schools are closed. But gradually, to adults and children comes the understanding that something terrible is happening. Disappearing relatives, friends, and even killed some. Tips sent an army to put down the counterrevolutionary rebellion. Written by John Stieber

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Release Date:

3 September 1987 (Hungary) See more »

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Whooping Cough See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary

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1.37 : 1
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The solution to the mathematical problem in the film is 56. It is the year of the Hungarian Revolution and also the year in which the film is set. See more »

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Pertussis: The 1956 in Hungary with Jewish eyes
15 October 2009 | by fama-8See all my reviews

Pertussis is not today's movie. Its made in 1987, at the time of Gorbachev's Glasnost. Really brave in this film: to present the Jews in Budapest, with its frank naturalness, and the fact that they were here in 1956, but it was just not the story about them.

The father - Dezso Garas (Jewish actor) - Manager. Where, what kind of company , it is not clear, but behavior reveals that position was not because of his talent. Large, luxurious apartment living in upper-middle class, which we know to whom was in the fifties. The mother - Judit Hernádi (also Jewish actor) - doesn't not work. What's more, she has even a maid. Stalin's Works on the shelf all lined up, and have two children, ten years old Tomi and the three-form Annamari. The family's Surname is not clear from the film, but this film is for not those, who cannot read between the lines Anyone who does not understand the background, will be bored, because you can not see any traces of a plot. However there IS a plot. The plot is, that there isn't any plot. They do nothing in 1956.

In 1956 the Jews did not do anything. This family does not make anything else than blinking in panic. They do not understand what the trouble is, who is shooting and what happened to the normal, peaceful world. They are just fear that someone "comes" for them. Can be both sides. I did not understand the director - Peter Gardos - for the pointless animal cruelty (in the school benches we see a dying fish for several minutes) But maybe the film director is a Jew too.

After the short war of independence of 1956 finally there will be nothing. The school starts again in November, although the half class disappears, the family stays at home and not emigrate. All returns to normal, and no one takes away the Jews, just Dad will be a manager in an another company. The Jews continue to look at the history, and blinking, and have no idea that they just excluded from the life of a nation. But it is not interesting them, they have their own troubles.

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