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Janosik The Highlander Robber 4DVD SET

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Janosik is a legendary hero of the Tatra Mountains. As the leader of a band of outlaws this mountain robber steals from the rich and helps the poor. An exciting action film, in the tradition of Robin Hood, full of adventures, fights, duels, pursuits and traps. TV series contains 13 episodes. Screen selection and biographies.

Volume A:

1. - First Lessons:
After defending a boy being tortured by the Count`s guards, a young highlander is captured and thrown into prison. The Count`s daughter, intrigued by the brave highlander, helps him escape from his captors.
2. - Outlaw`s Laws:
A failed attack on a noble`s manor leads to Jakubek seeking unjustified revenge on the owner of the manor, who happens to be an honorable man. This causes a conflict between Janosik and Jakubek.
3. - In a Stranger`s Skin:
Several guards disguised as highlanders attack a merchant`s caravan, hoping to blame the robbery on Janosik`s gang. In return, Janosik disguises his highlanders as guards, and they face their enemy.
4. - The Kidnapping:
Maryna, Janosik`s girl, is kidnapped by order of the Count and brought to his castle. Disguised as sheep herders, Janosik and his men sneak into the castle to save her.

Volume B:

5. - Dancing Outlaws:
There is a ball at the Count`s castle. To attract more people, several highlander girls are forced to come against their will. Janosik`s men also arrive, dressed in the clothes of some of the guests??? guests who were robbed on the way to the ball. Unfortunately, they are discovered and must escape before they`re caught.
6. - The Money Bag:
The Count has decided to impose new taxes on the countryside. Several desperate peasants beg Janosik for help. He decides to contribute some of the stolen money he and his men "acquired" to help the peasants in their time of need.
7. - Okowita Barrel:
The Austrian authorities send the army to get Janosik and his gang. The men decide to escape across the Tatra mountains to a slovak village. When they get there, they get involved in the defense of a peasant being beaten by some guards.

Volume C:

8. - Good Price:
Janosik, who`s been called back by some highlanders, decides to trick the Austrian army into leaving. The highlanders start to spread word that there is a Chicken Pox epidemic going around, while Janosik`s men ambush a fleeing general.
9. - The Draft:
During a draft for the Austrian army, rich families pay bribes to keep their sons from being drafted, while poor peasants have no choice. Janosik decides to solve the problem by trading some of the rich families` servants for the poor families` sons.
10. - All For One:
Two highlanders are captured by some guards. Right before their execution is to take place, the army enters the square. All of a sudden, a fire breaks out nearby, and one of the officers takes off his uniform, revealing his true identity.

Volume D:

11. - Too Bad... It`s Love:
During a feast, a Duke shows up with his beautiful niece, Evelyn. Janosik, struck by the girl`s beauty, kidnaps her for ransom. Before he knows what happened, the girl is kidnapped from him, and given back to the Duke. After looking around, he finds out who was behind it??? a jealous Maryna.
12. - The Two Fighting Highlanders:
The Austrian army enters a village, and begin to pillage. Janosik calls a different highland leader, Bardos, for help. Unfortunately, instead of helping much, a rivalry develops between Bardos and Janosik over the beautiful Maryna.
13. - Treason:
Janosik decides to get married with Maryna. As the wedding takes place, the church is surrounded by a strong regiment of the Austrian army. Janosik is captured along with his men, and they are all later executed. The execution is witness by a young highlander, who later takes on Janosik`s role as savior of the highlands.

Zdjecia do serialu telewizyjnego rozpoczely sie w maju 1972 roku i trwaly do marca 1973. W tym czasie nakrecono 80 tys. metrow tasmy. Serial realizowany byl w zamku na Pieskowej Skale, w okolicach Ojcowa i w roznych rejonach Podkarpacia, a takze w atelier w Warszawie i Pradze. W praskim studiu, wiekszym od warszawskiego, czescy dekoratorzy urzadzili wedlug projektu scenografa filmu Jana Grandysa grote skalna, w ktorej nagrano niektore sceny zbojnickie. Scenariusz filmu powstal na podstawie legend o tatrzanskim zbojniku. Poniewaz - jak twierdzi rezyser Jerzy Passendorfer - legendy nie nalezy traktowa??? zbyt powaznie, w filmie jest duzo humoru i zabawnych scen. Nie brak widowiskowych bojek i walk, szalenczych jazd na koniu, a nawet upadkow ze skaly. Kazdy z 13 odcinkow opowiada odrebna, zamknieta historie. W sumie stanowia one opowiesc o przygodach zbojnickiej kompanii, do ktorej trafia Janosik.
Cast/Obsada: Marek Perepeczko (Janosik), Ewa Lemanska (Maryna), Bogusz Bilewski (Walus Kwiczol), Witold Pyrkosz (Jedrus Pyzdra), Marian Kociniak (Murgrabia), Mieczyslaw Czechowicz (Hrabia Hortvath), Janusz Bukowski (zbojnik Wroblik), Jerzy Cnota (zbojnik Gasior), Janusz Klosinski (zbojnik Kusmider), Marian Lacz (zbojnik Slowak), Kazimierz Macutkiewicz , Jozef Morgala , Jacek Ryniewicz , Tadeusz Somogi (hajduk).

By Jerzy Passendorfer. 1974, color.
English Subtitled.

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Richard Brzostek - 08/11/2006 5 of 5 Stars!
Folklore has it that the bandit Janosik robbed from the rich and gave to the poor on the Slovakian and Polish side of the Tatra Mountains. "Janosik" is a classic 1970s Polish television program, set in the 18th century. The 13-episode series is filled with action, adventure, and romance. There is an array of colorful costumes, fancy hats, and sword fights. Moreover, there is also an element of humor. Janosik transforms from an innocent sheepherder to chieftain of the bandits, seeking truth and justice. At this time in history, this area of Poland was controlled by the Austrians. The local Count abuses the villagers to his advantage and the Austrian army conscripts many of the young men. The villagers see Janosik as their savior, as he comes to their rescue from time to time. Janosik coming to the aide of the people only enrages the Count and the Austrian army. Ultimately, the vengeful Austrian army and the Count will put all their attention on the capture of Janosik. In the process of coming to the rescue of the poor villagers, saving his friends from hanging, and kidnapping the Duke's niece with the intention of ransoming her, he falls in love with the beautiful, strong, young village woman Maryna. The romance between Janosik and Maryna builds with time. The episodes build off each other, and running jokes among the characters emerge. One such joke is the Count's assistant always scheming plans to foil Janosik; yet, they never do and it frustrates the Count. Furthermore, the two brother-in-laws in Janosik's band always argue over the ownership of some land they both claim to own. "Janosik" is a well liked and highly watched program in Poland, despite its age. It is worth watching this classic Polish television series of the historical exploits of a folk hero.
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