The Witness (1969)

Known as the best satire about communism, banned for over a decade in Hungary. 'The Witness' has become a cult classic, well received by critics and general audiences when it was finally released outside of Hungary. 'The Witness' takes place during the height of the Rákosi Era, which was closely modeled after the ruthless and brutal Stalin regime. The film follows the life of an ordinary dike keeper, József Pelikán, who has been caught for illegally slaughtering his pig, Dezsõ. Instead of doing hard time for his "heinous" crime, Pelikán is elevated into an important position, generally reserved for the communist elite. His new benefactor, the mysterious Comrade Virág, is reluctant to reveal the real reason behind Pelikán's preferential treatment. Thus, begins Pelikán's hilarious adventure deep within the "sophisticated" communist society... Until one day, when he gets called for to return the "favour" by falsely testifying against his long-time friend in a mock-up show trial.

 
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The cast for The Witness

Kállai Ferenc

Pelikán József, gátőr

Kállai Ferenc

Őze Lajos

Virág Árpád

Őze Lajos

Béla Both

Bástya elvtárs

Béla Both

Fábri Zoltán

Dániel Zoltán

Fábri Zoltán

Lili Monori

Gizi, Pelikán lánya

Lili Monori

Károly Bicskey

Elemér Gulyás

Károly Bicskey

György Kézdy

Virág testőre

György Kézdy

József Horváth

Vasutas

József Horváth

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Cast

Pelikán József, gátőr
Kállai Ferenc
Virág Árpád
Őze Lajos
Bástya elvtárs
Béla Both
Dániel Zoltán
Fábri Zoltán
Gizi, Pelikán lánya
Lili Monori
Elemér Gulyás
Károly Bicskey
Virág testőre
György Kézdy
Vasutas
József Horváth
Operettszínész
Róbert Rátonyi
György Bálint
Bíró
Pál Bánó
Gépírónő
Mária Dudás

Directing

Péter Bacsó

Writing

Péter Bacsó János Ujhelyi

Sound

György Vukán Szabolcs Fényes Károly Peller

Editing

Sándor Boronkay Aurélné Varga

Camera

János Zsombolyai

Art

Tamás Vayer László Blahó Judit Vidéki