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Writer/director Andor Szilagy weaves this politically charged tale of a charismatic teen whose youthful rebellion ultimately transforms him into a national icon. Inspired by the 1956 rebellion against the Soviet-sponsored dictatorship in his native Hungary and enraged at the subsequent wave of terror that engulfed Budapest, sixteen year-old Peter Mansfeld emerges as the leader of a group that starts collecting weapons and begins practicing revolution on a decidedly small scale. Later, the patriotic idealists kidnap a police officer and Mansfeld is sentenced to life in a political prison known as "Hell's Hallway" for his participation in the crime. At the age of eighteen Mansfeld's sentence is retroactively switched to the death penalty, and he is summarily executed less than two weeks after his birthday. Though few would realize it at the time, patriotic Hungarians all across the country would subsequently celebrate the young rebel whose life was cut decidedly short by the state as a national hero. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi