Man on a Tightrope 1953

Man on a Tightrope

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Karel Cernik (Fredric March) is the owner of a small Czech circus that's been in his family for generations. When the Communists take over, officials begin to dictate almost every aspect of how the tight-knit group can operate. Karel's wife, Zama (Gloria Grahame), becomes increasingly frustrated with the restricted situation, and Karel must struggle to find a way to to escape Communist rule by fleeing the country so that the circus can thrive again.

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Critic Reviews for Man on a Tightrope

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  • Feb 02, 2011
    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
  • Jan 18, 2011
    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. <i>Man on a Tightrope</i> 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!
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