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Based on real characters and events, this drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation ... See full summary »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Tatiana Pauhofová ...  Dagmar Buresová 3 episodes, 2013
Jaroslava Pokorná ...  Libuse Palachová 3 episodes, 2013
Petr Stach ...  Jirí Palach 3 episodes, 2013
Vojtech Kotek ...  Ondrej Trávnícek 3 episodes, 2013
Patrik Dergel ...  Pavel Janda 3 episodes, 2013
Martin Huba ...  Vilém Nový 3 episodes, 2013
Igor Bares ...  mjr. Docekal 3 episodes, 2013
Adrian Jastraban Adrian Jastraban ...  Vladimír Charouz 3 episodes, 2013
Jan Budar ...  Radim Bures 3 episodes, 2013
Ivan Trojan ...  mjr. Jires 3 episodes, 2013
Denny Ratajský Denny Ratajský ...  por. Bocek 3 episodes, 2013
Jenovéfa Boková ...  Vladka Charouzová 3 episodes, 2013
David Novotný ...  JUDr. Sýkora / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Emma Smetana ...  Hana Cízková 3 episodes, 2013
Tatjana Medvecká ...  MUDr. Ziková 3 episodes, 2013
Ivana Uhlírová Ivana Uhlírová ...  JUDr Reznícková / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Stanislav Zindulka ...  JUDr. Sládecek 3 episodes, 2013
Michaela Procházková Michaela Procházková ...  Zuzanka Buresová 3 episodes, 2013
Tereza Korejsová Tereza Korejsová ...  Lucinka Buresová 3 episodes, 2013
Alois Svehlík ...  nácelník Horyna 3 episodes, 2013
Miroslav Krobot ...  Pruvodcí Jiricka / ... 3 episodes, 2013
Ondrej Malý ...  JUDr. Knapp 3 episodes, 2013
Tomás Dianiska 3 episodes, 2013
Jirí Bábek 3 episodes, 2013
Hana Marie Marousková Hana Marie Marousková 3 episodes, 2013
Lukás Cernoch Lukás Cernoch 3 episodes, 2013
Pavel Cisovský Pavel Cisovský 3 episodes, 2013
Sebastian Jacques Sebastian Jacques 3 episodes, 2013
Zuzana Truplová Zuzana Truplová ...  Studentka FFUK 3 episodes, 2013
Marian Roden 3 episodes, 2013
Jana Pidrmanová 3 episodes, 2013
Lukás Príkazský 3 episodes, 2013
Filip Capka 3 episodes, 2013
Martin Sitta Martin Sitta 3 episodes, 2013
Lenka Loubalová Lenka Loubalová 3 episodes, 2013
Václav Marhold Václav Marhold 3 episodes, 2013
Ivan Rezác 3 episodes, 2013
Ivan G'Vera 3 episodes, 2013
Borík Procházka Borík Procházka 3 episodes, 2013
Ivo Kubecka Ivo Kubecka 3 episodes, 2013
Jaroslav Pulda Jaroslav Pulda 3 episodes, 2013
Josef Hervert Josef Hervert 3 episodes, 2013
Claudia Vaseková Claudia Vaseková 3 episodes, 2013
Anne-Francoise Josephová Anne-Francoise Josephová 3 episodes, 2013
Alena Dlouhá Alena Dlouhá 3 episodes, 2013
Lambert Slezák Lambert Slezák 3 episodes, 2013
Jirí Kohout Jirí Kohout 3 episodes, 2013
Hynek Chmelar Hynek Chmelar 3 episodes, 2013
Lubos Veselý 3 episodes, 2013
Slávek Bilský Slávek Bilský 3 episodes, 2013
Roman Slovák Roman Slovák 3 episodes, 2013
Karel Gult Karel Gult 3 episodes, 2013
Ctirad Götz Ctirad Götz 3 episodes, 2013
Miroslav Sabadin Miroslav Sabadin 3 episodes, 2013
Nadezda Husáková Nadezda Husáková 3 episodes, 2013
Ludek Nesleha Ludek Nesleha 3 episodes, 2013
Marta Vítu Marta Vítu 3 episodes, 2013
Pavla Gajdosíková Pavla Gajdosíková 3 episodes, 2013
Petr Franek Petr Franek 3 episodes, 2013
Lukás Kristán Lukás Kristán 3 episodes, 2013
Karel Wiencek Karel Wiencek 3 episodes, 2013
Milan Encev Milan Encev 3 episodes, 2013
Rostislav Novák Jr. 3 episodes, 2013
Vladimír Kulhavý Vladimír Kulhavý 3 episodes, 2013
Milena Sajdkova Milena Sajdkova 3 episodes, 2013
Milan Senki Milan Senki 3 episodes, 2013
Veronika Janku Veronika Janku 3 episodes, 2013
Jirí Vobecký Jirí Vobecký 3 episodes, 2013
Klára Hanusová Klára Hanusová 3 episodes, 2013
David Noll David Noll 3 episodes, 2013
Filip Benesovský Filip Benesovský 3 episodes, 2013
Petr Krejcí Petr Krejcí 3 episodes, 2013
Ivan Nemec Ivan Nemec 3 episodes, 2013
Jakub Zindulka Jakub Zindulka 3 episodes, 2013
Diana Soltýsová Diana Soltýsová 3 episodes, 2013
Pavlína Skruzná Pavlína Skruzná 3 episodes, 2013
Vít Levinský Vít Levinský 3 episodes, 2013
Petr Vancura 3 episodes, 2013
Jirí Tichý Jirí Tichý 3 episodes, 2013
Hana Strnadová Hana Strnadová 3 episodes, 2013
Petr Sedlácek Petr Sedlácek 3 episodes, 2013
Jacob Erftemeijer 3 episodes, 2013
Samuel Spisák Samuel Spisák 3 episodes, 2013
Jan Battek Jan Battek 3 episodes, 2013
Zdenek Faktor Zdenek Faktor 3 episodes, 2013
Jan Ekl Jan Ekl 3 episodes, 2013
Libor Kovár Libor Kovár 3 episodes, 2013
Jaroslava Kopecká Jaroslava Kopecká 3 episodes, 2013
Marie Nevrlá Marie Nevrlá 3 episodes, 2013
Matej Sámal Matej Sámal 3 episodes, 2013
Bohdan Tuma Bohdan Tuma 3 episodes, 2013
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Petr Buchácek Petr Buchácek 3 episodes, 2013
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Storyline

Based on real characters and events, this drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1969. Dagmar Buresová, a young female lawyer, became part of his legacy by defending Jan's family in a trial against the communist government, a regime which tried to dishonor Palach's sacrifice, a heroic action for the freedom of Czechoslovakia. Written by HBO Europe

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Country:

Czech Republic

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

27 January 2013 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Burning Bush See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,049, 25 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,049, 25 July 2014
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Trivia

Karel Roden was considered for the part of Vladimír Charouz, eventually played by Adrian Jastraban. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 8 February 2013 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

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Music by Petr Janda
Lyrics by Zdenek Rytír
Performed by Olympic
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A journey through the darkness of communist oppression to a triumph of human spirit
1 December 2014 | by finebeaniesSee all my reviews

A powerful story about the events surrounding the self-immolation of a Czech student Jan Palach. He protested against the invasion of Czechoslovakia by setting himself on fire and his single act became a timeless rallying symbol against the Soviet invasion and the subsequent oppression by the communist establishment.

The film is exquisite in how it combines historic events, inner struggles of the main characters, courtroom drama, investigative techniques and deep divisions in the society. Realistic acting and the portrayal of Prague and Czech villages, domestic and institutional scenes deserve much of the credit for keeping you interested through the three main stories interwoven with many characters.

Bravery and activism are contrasted with lethargy, deceit and self-preserving acts of betrayal that each citizen faced in their own way. The choices that the characters had to make had implications on their families, colleagues and on their conscience. The young lawyer who makes a decision for a moral stand that will affect the well being of her family. The brave students who look for ways to honour Palach's sacrifice at a great risk to themselves. The policeman who enforces the will of the regime while struggling with his own integrity until he can no longer take it and defects. The journalist, the nurse, the teacher and many others who face such pressure to side with the regime that they choose a betrayal over telling the truth.

All the elements of this movie work well together - the dialog, acting, screen writing and cinematography.

A history lesson well worth the 4+ hours of running time of this 3-part movie.


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