Man on a Tightrope (1953)

Man on a Tightrope


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With considerable dramatic embellishment, Man on a Tightrope is a fact-based account of a tiny family-run Czech circus troupe that managed to safely cross the Iron Curtain to Austria. The trouble begins after the communists overtake Czechoslovakia. Before that, the circus thrived, but then the communists force all the young performers into the military leaving the patriarch with no way to maintain his equipment. The authorities then take away ownership and force him to change the acts to support … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Robert E. Sherwood, Neil Paterson
In Theaters:
Twentieth Century Fox


as Karel Cernik

as Zama Cernik

as Tereza Cernik

as Joe Vosdek

as Barovic

as Rudolph

as Krofta

as Konradin

as Jaromir

as The Chief

as Mme. Cernik

as Kalka

as Duchess

as Vina Konradin

as Mrs. Jaromir

as Secret Police Captai...

as Secret Police Lieute...

as Police Agent

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Critic Reviews for Man on a Tightrope

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 12, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Man on a Tightrope

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!

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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

Mike T.

Super Reviewer

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