Circus Maximus (1980)

Genres - Drama, Spy Film, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - War Spy Film  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Hungary  |  
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Director Geza Radvanyi returns to his native Hungary to finally film this WW II story of espionage and resistance activities that he had intended to do years earlier. The unlikely venue for the subversive, underground support needed to smuggle Jews, communists, and army deserters out of a Nazi-ruled Hungary, is a circus. The circus is run by a dedicated, brave woman who has also taken on the task of safely introducing German and Hungarian spies into Yugoslavia. The real activities of the circus are found out in Yugoslavia, but the woman and her workers are protected for awhile from any reprisals. As the end approaches, the circus seems to be in danger once again, this time from another sector of the Yugoslavian population.

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behind-enemy-lines, circus, Communism, desertion, escape, espionage, Nazism, resistance, war