Torn from the Flag is one of the most comprehensive films ever made about the Hungarian rebellion. In 1956, Hungary was a nation of 10 million people that lived under the thumb of the communist Soviet Union, a powerful country twenty times its size. For 13 days in 1956, however, Hungarians revolted against communist rule and succeeded in winning their freedom. What first looked like a major victory, however, quickly turned into a terrible tragedy when reinforcement Soviet troops and tanks were dispatched to violently crush the revolution. The uprising, its subsequent brutal repression and the resulting exodus of citizens to the west had a profound international impact, with reverberations that can still be felt today.