Svoboda ili smart (1969)

In the short but heroic campaign the Bulgarian poet and revolutionary Hristo Botev leads a band of rebels from the Danube to the Balkan Range.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Milen Penev Milen Penev ... Voyvodata Hristo Botev
Kosta Tsonev ... Podvoyvodata
Vsevolod Safonov ... Savetnikat
Stefan Iliev ... Voynovski (as Stefan Ilyev)
Kiril Gospodinov Kiril Gospodinov ... Ivanitza
Apostol Karamitev ... David Todorov
Vassil Mihajlov Vassil Mihajlov ... Pop Sava
Georgi Mihov Georgi Mihov ... Obretenov
Ivan Bratanov Ivan Bratanov ... Dishliyata
Ivan Nestorov Ivan Nestorov
Alexander Dikov Alexander Dikov
Anatoliy Polanski Anatoliy Polanski
Anton Gorchev Anton Gorchev
Andrey Avramov Andrey Avramov
Petko Karlukovsky Petko Karlukovsky


1876. A group of Bulgarian revolutionaries disguised as market gardeners are mingled with the cosmopolitan crowd on board the Austrian riverboat "Radetzki". They take over the ship and under the command of their leader Hristo Botev force the captain to take the boat to the Bulgarian shore. The passengers watch the rebels kneel and kiss their native land. After a series of battles with the Ottoman troops, they reach the Vratza part of the Balkan Range. The uprising for the liberation from Ottoman rule in the town of Vratza has already been put down. The people are scared and nobody will risk joining the band. The death of the young patriots is not seen as a mere tragedy, but as a tribute to those who have given their lives for the cause of freedom. Hristo Botev, the great poet and revolutionary, falls in the last battle... Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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2 January 1969 (Bulgaria) See more »

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Freedom or Death See more »

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