A powerful new film inspired by a true story. This feature follows the heroic lives of a world leader and a young man swept up in the horrors of WWII. Both men are from Hungary--a country and German ally that had been spared the atrocities orchestrated by Hitler throughout much of Europe. As the war reaches its climax, Germany begins to doubt the loyalties of the Hungarian leadership-in particular Regent Horthy (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley). The Regent tries to navigate his country between the growing terror of Nazi Germany and the oppressive threat of communist Russia. He is ultimately faced with ceding power to another political party or accepting the execution of his son. As the crisis unfolds, thousands of his citizens are forced underground or put into ghettos. One of them is a young man named Elek Cohen (Jonas Armstrong) who is separated from his family and determined to find them. Aided by the woman he loves (Hannah Tointon), Elek disguises himself as a Nazi SS officer ...Written by
The Hungarian government did not want to go to war with the Soviets. A few days after "Barbarossa" started, some aircraft in Soviet colors bombed some communities in eastern Hungary, and the Hungarians joined the war. Today, some think it was a German trick. In an article on a Polish aircraft in "Air International Magazine" wrapped things up with a comment that the Germans had captured some of these aircraft in flyable condition and used them to fake a Soviet bombing of Hungary. See more »
In reality, Elek Cohen never posed as an SS officer. He posed as a member of the Arrow Cross and did save many Jews from certain death thanks to his disguise. See more »
The war. It reveals one's true character. And when my homeland became a battleground, nothing could prepare me for what was to come.
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Flower Duet (from Lakmé)
Composed by Léo Delibes
Arranged by The Beat Suite Symphonic Orchestra
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Film critics and too many ordinary movie goers have been much too hard on this film, which comes across as an exciting--if at times unbelievable-- tale of an ordinary Jew trying almost single-handedly to wage a losing war against the Nazis and their partners in genocide, the Arrow Cross (Hungarian Nazis.) It's a fast-paced film that war movie lovers will definitely enjoy. If you're looking for Gone With The Wind, you took out the wrong flic!
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