The Light on the Gallows

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The Light on the Gallows

The Light on the Gallows

Release Date: May 13, 1976

Year    :   1976
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Genres    :   Drama, History
Production Companies    :   DEFA
Director    :   Helmut Nitzschke
Producers    :   Dorothea Hildebrandt
Writers    :   Gert Billing, Anna Seghers, Helmut Nitzschke
RunTime    :   103 mins.

Europe in 1793. For years, England and France have been at war with each other. Now, France sends three men to the British colony of Jamaica to organize a slave revolt. The envoys are Debuisson, the grandson of a Jamaican rum manufacturer, who knows the island very well, his old friend Sasportas, and the sailor Galloudec. After having established contact with the fragmented rebel groups, they receive the surprising news of Napoleon′s takeover in France. Whereas Debuisson, who by now has gotten used to his role as a rich heir, wants to wait for new instructions from home, his companions are determined to press ahead with the revolt. When a slave kills a British guard, the situation escalates.


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