The Hesitant Marksman

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1956

Production year

1956

Premiere

7 June 1957

Runtime

98 min

Director

Ivo Toman

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Váhavý střelec

Czech title

Váhavý střelec

English title

The Hesitant Marksman

Synopsis

Watchmaker Martin, a shy and introverted young man, is joining the compulsory military service. Just before his departure, he meets a girl, the teacher Eva. Martin joins the paras. This is a catastrophe for the timid boy; he is frightened and refuses to jump from the plane during training. He is unfriendly to the other soldiers and they repay him with all kinds of practical jokes. Martin's father tries to help but his intervention only makes the situation worse. One day, Eva and Martin's father come to visit. Martin is rushing to meet them and because the soldiers sewed up his sleeves for a joke, he borrows somebody else's coat. However, it has a jump badge on it. Eva is delighted by his courage but a corporal shows up and removes the badge. Eva leaves right away because she doesn't like cowards. The soldiers in the troop also criticize Martin for his cowardice and lack of friendship. Martin finally admits that they are right, gathers courage and jumps. When he goes back home for the holiday, he has a badge and all that's left to do is make up with Eva.

Cast

Jan Tříska

hodinář Martin Něnička

Jaroslav Marvan

Jakub Něnička, Martinův otec

Marie Tomášová

učitelka Eva

Miroslav Zounar

desátník Hruda

Zdeňka Baldová

teta Amálka

Miloš Nedbal

strýc, Amálčin manžel

Svatopluk Matyáš

poručík Carda

Rudolf Jelínek

vojín Sláma

Stanislav Zindulka

vojín Říčánek

Miloš Hlavica

vojín Pajer, v civilu řezník

Vladimír Řepa

předseda MNV

Lubomír Bryg

tlustý vojín Macásek

Václav Fišer

náčelník výsadkářské služby

František Hanus

vojenský lékař

Stanislav Litera

desátník v zahradní restauraci

Milan Neděla

vojín Raban cvičící na housle

Jiří Novotný

vojín, který přišel o tanečnici

Berta Stýblová

zpěvačka v hospodě Na Vyhlídce

Světla Svozilová

žena ve vlaku

Oldřich Dvorský

rotný u navijáku

Vladimír Menšík

poddůstojník

H. Pojerová

Crew and creators

Director

Ivo Toman

Second Unit Director

Bohumil Kouba

Assistant Director

Zdeněk Maršálek, Marie Vicherková

Shooting Script

Ivo Toman

Director of Photography

Jan Čuřík

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Assistent Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Set Designer

Vladimír Mácha

Make-Up Artist

Ladislav Bacílek

Sound Designer

Stanislav Vondraš

Production Manager

Miloš Mastník

Unit Production Manager

Václav Dobeš

Consultant

mjr. Jaroslav Krátký, kpt. Petr Benedikt

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček)

Production info

Original Title

Váhavý střelec

Czech Title

Váhavý střelec

English Title

The Hesitant Marksman

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1956

Production Year

1956

Production specifications

projection approval 04/1957

Premiere

premiere 7 June 1957 /suitable for youths/ (kina Jalta /5 týdnů/, Bystrica /1 týden/, Kyjev /1 týden od 14. 6./, Oko /1 týden od 21. 6./, Aero /1 týden od 28. 6./ a Mír /1 týden od 5. 7./, Praha)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Ladislav Novotný (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

98 min

Original length in metres

2 802 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

black & white

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech