Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
The incredible repression and paranoia of Stalin's regime in Russia was reflected elsewhere in the Iron Curtain countries of the 1950s. In this thrilling story, set in Hungary and based on screenwriter Geza Boszormenyi's own experiences, a young man is sent to a prison camp for the crime of accidentally engaging in conversation with a fugitive. Once he arrives at the camp, he is put to work doing heavy manual labor and is given a starvation diet, just like the other prisoners. He joins seven men who are determined to escape, is the only one who succeeds in doing so, and is also the only one of the seven to survive. He has memorized the names of hundreds of his fellow prisoners, and once he escapes to the West, reads them aloud over the air on Radio Free Europe. In this way, his father learns that he is still alive. The story is directed by the screenwriter's wife, Livia Gyarmathy.
captive, captor, criminal, escape, prison, prison-escape