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The Maiden Danced to Death (2011)

A halálba táncoltatott leány (original title)
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There were two brothers - two dancers - in Communist Hungary. One defected, the other stuck it out. One gave his soul to commerce, the other to the Party. After twenty years, they meet again. And the dance begins.


Endre Hules


Chris Hastings (story editor), Endre Hules
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Endre Hules ... Steve Court
Bea Melkvi ... Mari Udvaros
Deborah Kara Unger ... Lynn Court
Zsolt László Zsolt László ... Gyula Udvaros Jr
Stephen McHattie ... Ernie
Emöke Zsigmond Emöke Zsigmond ... Gabi
Gil Bellows ... Fred
István Zámbó István Zámbó ... Feri
Boris Cavazza Boris Cavazza ... Gyula Udvaros Sr.
Krisztián Kolovratnik Krisztián Kolovratnik ... Composer
Viktoria Kerekes Viktoria Kerekes ... Designer
Paul Whitney ... C.E.O.
Tamás Szappanos Tamás Szappanos ... Peti Kovacs (as Tamas Szappanos)
Gábor Karalyos Gábor Karalyos ... Policeman 2
Claudia Jurt ... Receptionist


When Steve, a dancer-turned-impresario, returns to his native Hungary after a 20-year absence, he finds many things different. The Communist regime that expelled him is gone, life has changed for the better and his former apparatchik father had retired in disgrace. But his brother, Gyula, whom he used to idolize, hasn't changed one bit. He still works in the same run-down studio with the same cash-strapped dance company they both started out in - and he is married to Steve's former sweetheart, Mari. The two men's rivalry is triggered instantly, but Mari challenges them to pool their considerable experience and talent to revive their last success together, a dance piece based on the ballad, "The Maiden Danced to Death." If Gyula can make it to Steve's exacting standards, Steve agrees to promote it for a world tour breathing new life into the sagging careers of both brothers. As the rehearsals progress, the brothers' opposing sets of standards and values clash right away, testing their ... Written by Casablanca Film Production

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What a Wonderful Story.
28 July 2015 | by garyoperatorSee all my reviews

What a wonderful passionate story. When it comes right down to it, family is all we truly have forever. Family should never give up on each other no matter how many years have passed since you last spoke with each other or what the circumstances were that drove you apart. This story is very easy to follow and the sub-titles were very cleverly placed as not to be a distraction. The acting is superb with some incredible Hungarian folk dancing that is truly enjoyable to watch. I love movies with happy endings that leave you feeling satisfied and The Maiden Danced To Death is no exception to this rule. I know you will enjoy watching this story as much as I did. Gary Michael Willens/Los Angeles

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Release Date:

3 October 2011 (Slovenia) See more »

Also Known As:

Deviski ples smrti See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »


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EUR1,800,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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