The Boys of Paul Street (1969)

105 mins | Comedy-drama | 1969

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HISTORY

Filmed in Budapest in 1968 in both English and Hungarian versions; released in Hungary in Apr 1969 as A Pál utcai fiúk at 112 ... More Less

Filmed in Budapest in 1968 in both English and Hungarian versions; released in Hungary in Apr 1969 as A Pál utcai fiúk at 112 min. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
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CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Col cons
Col cons
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Architect
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus comp
SOUND
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
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Casting
2d asst
2d asst
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel A Pál utcai fiúk by Ferenc Molnár (1907).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
A Pál utcai fiúk
Release Date:
1969
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 23 June 1969
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color, print by DeLuxe
Widescreen/ratio
Agascope
Duration(in mins):
105
Countries:
Hungary, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In turn-of-the-century Budapest, two groups of teenage boys engage in a mock war over one of the few vacant lots remaining in the city. The Paul Street boys have long regarded the lot as their exclusive property; now the fearsome Red Shirts have decided to drive them out and take over. As preparations begin for the battle and each side plans its strategy, Private Nemecsek, the smallest, youngest, pluckiest Paul Street boy, aspires to becoming an officer. Spying on the Red Shirts, he is forced to hide in the water to avoid discovery and catches cold. Then, when Gereb, a Paul Street boy, defects to the Red Shirts, Nemecsek sneaks into the enemy camp to find out what secrets the traitor has divulged. Hearing the Red Shirts disparaging his comrades, Nemecsek speaks out in their defense and is thrown into a lake. As a result, Nemecsek falls ill with pneumonia, much to the concern of Boka, the general of the Paul Street boys, who has become fond of the small but courageous private. Finally, the battle formally begins. Although gravely ill, Nemecsek gets out of bed and goes to the battlefield, determined to fight. Delirious and dying, he falls upon the leader of the Red Shirts and is hailed for winning the battle for the Paul Street troops. The battle is over and Nemecsek is at last a "hero"--albeit a dead hero. Saddened and disillusioned by the price of victory, Boka returns to the vacant lot and learns that the city has claimed it for the site of a new apartment ... +


In turn-of-the-century Budapest, two groups of teenage boys engage in a mock war over one of the few vacant lots remaining in the city. The Paul Street boys have long regarded the lot as their exclusive property; now the fearsome Red Shirts have decided to drive them out and take over. As preparations begin for the battle and each side plans its strategy, Private Nemecsek, the smallest, youngest, pluckiest Paul Street boy, aspires to becoming an officer. Spying on the Red Shirts, he is forced to hide in the water to avoid discovery and catches cold. Then, when Gereb, a Paul Street boy, defects to the Red Shirts, Nemecsek sneaks into the enemy camp to find out what secrets the traitor has divulged. Hearing the Red Shirts disparaging his comrades, Nemecsek speaks out in their defense and is thrown into a lake. As a result, Nemecsek falls ill with pneumonia, much to the concern of Boka, the general of the Paul Street boys, who has become fond of the small but courageous private. Finally, the battle formally begins. Although gravely ill, Nemecsek gets out of bed and goes to the battlefield, determined to fight. Delirious and dying, he falls upon the leader of the Red Shirts and is hailed for winning the battle for the Paul Street troops. The battle is over and Nemecsek is at last a "hero"--albeit a dead hero. Saddened and disillusioned by the price of victory, Boka returns to the vacant lot and learns that the city has claimed it for the site of a new apartment house. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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