Panagulis Zei (1980)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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The story of a popular Greek hero Allessandro Panagulis (Stathis Giallelis) is the focus of this informative, feature-length version of a four-hour series. Panagulis tries to assassinate Prime Minister Papadopoulos in 1968, but is caught, tortured over an extended period of time, and then sentenced to death. Eventually, the Greek military junta decides not to carry out the death sentence because of a world-wide outcry for amnesty. That decision leaves Panagulis to suffer inhuman conditions in prison and to fail in several escape attempts. After five years have gone by, thanks to the efforts of family, friends, and the international community, including Oriana Fallaci (the Italian journalist who became his companion), Panagulis is released from prison. But his saga and his destiny do not end there, not by any means.