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Director  Vytautas Zalakevicius
Music director  Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov
Country  Soviet Union
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Duration  
Language  Russian
That Sweet Word: Liberty! movie poster

Release date  July 1973 (1973-07)
Writer  Valentin Ezhov, Vytautas Zalakevicius
Screenplay  Vytautas Zalakevicius, Valentin Yezhov
Cast  Irina Miroshnichenko, Juozas Budraitis, Regimantas Adomaitis, Rodion Nakhapetov, Mihai Volontir
Similar movies  Juozas Budraitis and Regimantas Adomaitis appear in That Sweet Word: Liberty! and Nobody Wanted to Die

That Sweet Word: Liberty! (Russian: Это сладкое слово — свобода!, translit. Eto sladkoye slovo - svoboda!) is a 1973 Soviet drama film directed by Vytautas Žalakevičius. It was entered into the 8th Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Golden Prize. The film was shot in Chile shortly before 1973 Chilean coup d'état. The basis for the plot is a real story: the escape from San-Carlos prison in Venezuela of three political prisoners - Guillermo García Ponce, Pompeyo Márquez and Teodoro Petkoff.

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Plot

In an unnamed Latin American country after a coup d'état, a military junta comes to power. The army deployed to the streets, the civilian population is exposed to hard terror. A wave of arrests follows, some former senators - liberals and communists - are sent to prison.

Some patriots that have gone underground try to figure a plan for their release. They buy a small shop opposite the prison in the name of Francisco and Maria Vardes. From its basement they plan to build a 90-meter tunnel.

Three years of enormous effort, deaths and nervous breakdowns are not spent in vain. The inmates run away, but while at large, the oldest of them, Senator Miguel Carrera suffers a heart failure. He dies in a safe house on the eve of a meeting with journalists.

Cast

  • Lorents Arushanyan as Walter Conde, senator
  • Regimantas Adomaitis as Francisco "Pancho" Vardes'
  • Bronius Babkauskas as Miguel Carrera, senator (voiced by Valentin Gaft)
  • Juozas Budraitis as Felicio, blackmailer (voiced by Valentin Nikulin)
  • Irina Miroshnichenko as Maria
  • Rodion Nakhapetov as Benedicto
  • Ion Ungureanu
  • Rasim Balayev
  • Mihai Volontir
  • References

    That Sweet Word: Liberty! Wikipedia
    That Sweet Word: Liberty! IMDb That Sweet Word: Liberty! themoviedb.org