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Man on a Tightrope

Man on a Tightrope (1953)

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Release Date: Apr 1, 1953 Wide

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Elia Kazan directed this drama inspired by a true story. Karel Cernik (Fredric March) is the leader of a troupe of Czechoslovakian circus performers who have been plying their trade in Eastern Europe for years. When Czechoslovakia falls under Communist rule, the proud and independent Cernik finds that he is no longer free to operate his circus as he sees fit. Many of his performers are conscripted into military service, and his equipment and possessions are declared government property, though

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Twentieth Century Fox

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Writer Robert E. Sherwood never gets the screenplay to gracefully walk across the tightrope.

October 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Fredric March leads his small circus troupe in a daring escape from Soviet occupied Czechoslovakia.

Say what you want about Elia Kazan and his shameful role in Joseph McCarthy's witch-hunt, the man could direct with the best of 'em. Man on a Tightrope could have easily become cliché ridden propagandistic tripe but Kazan has crafted it into something of substance.

...and nobody but nobody plays an opportunistic slut like the magnificent Miss Gloria Grahame!
March 25, 2011
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Randy Tippy

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Although it lacks the fire and energy of Kazan's masterpieces, Man on a Tightrope is still an expertly crafted and wholly engaging film.
February 2, 2011
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