Guilty of Treason

Hungarian Cardinal Mindszenty is declared an enemy of the state when he speaks up against communism.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: January 25, 2005
  • Originally Released: 1949
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Rating: B- -- Effective in showing the paranoia of the times. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 20, 2015
Guilty of Treason is a B-movie, budget and soul, and yet its political judgments are grounded in an accurate journalistic evaluation of a deplorable reality. Full Review
May 3, 2006

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Agonizing torture at the hands of the secret police threatens any citizen who resists in a Hungary subjugated by the ruthless dictator Joseph Stalin. Cardinal Josef Mindszenty (Charles Bickford), taking a courageous open stand against the Communists, is labeled a traitor by the brutal regime bent on crushing all opposition. Intrigued by whispers of what may be going on inside the Soviet-occupied nation, American foreign correspondent Tom Kelly shows up in Budapest to investigate.

Shortly after arriving, he is introduced to beautiful Stephanie Varna (Bonita Granville), a Hungarian schoolteacher who is secretly involved with a Russian colonel. She manages to lead Tom to the Cardinal only days before he is thrown into prison, while a wave of false arrests and mysterious disappearances envelops the brave souls who dared to follow the Cardinal's anti-Communist lead.

This film showcases gruff-voiced Charles Bickford whose work includes Of Mice and Men (1939) and the acclaimed Days of Wine and Roses (1962). Inspired by the true story of Cardinal Mindszenty's persecution and trial in Hungary, the documentary/propaganda style of Guilty of Treason examines the Hungarian Communist regime which rose to power after Nazi rule.

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A gripping political thriller, GUILTY OF TREASON is based on the true story of the Hungarian Cardinal Josef Mindszenty, who was accused of espionage and treason by his Stalinist government. A story that captured hearts and minds all over the world, Mindszenty was widely considered to be a hero who bravely fought the brutal oppression of the Communist regime. Distinguished thespian Charles Bickford (DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES) is riveting as the main character, whose triumph over adversity makes for inspiring, if nerve-wracking, drama.


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Well done but heavy at the end Movie Lover: from Middle Village, NY US -- January, 18, 2009

Charles Bickford gives a good performance as Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary, who was jailed and convicted of treason by the Communists. He's supported by equally fine performances by Paul Kelly and Bonita Granville. For those of us old enough to remember the events and climate of the time, the film is a reminder of how the world was a half century ago. Only at the end of the film, when Paul Kelly, playing an Ameriucan reporter, turns directly into the camera to give a final statement about Communism and the Iron Curtain does the film actually seem like a bit of soft anti Russian propogande. Otherwise, a pretty good film.

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  • UPC: 089218462596
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