Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
This 1956 film was banned in Hungary shortly after it was completed and just before the Soviet tanks rolled in to quell the Hungarian uprising. And small wonder -- its "hero" is a Party faithful whose corruption and lack of morality is disgusting, and its "antihero" is someone honest and good, imprisoned for his anti-Party stance. Sztanko (Ferenc Bessenyej) is in charge of a housing project that is due to bring him a huge promotion if it is completed on budget and brought in on schedule. Sztanko hears that his old friend Palocz (Miklos Gabor) has been released from prison and needs some financial help. So he looks Palocz up and asks him to give some of his expert advice on the building project. Their friendship blossoms again until Palocz tells Sztanko that due to his cutting corners in the budget, the building is not safe for habitation. Irate at this input, Sztanko chooses to ignore this admonition. And sure enough, disaster happens, but the crafty and unscrupulous Sztanko has a way of exonerating himself and getting back at Palocz at the same time.