The Unvanquished

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1956

Production year

1956

Premiere

16 November 1956

Runtime

92 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featurelong

Original title

Neporažení

Czech title

Neporažení

English title

The Unvanquished

Synopsis

The determination of the Czechoslovak army to defend its country in September of 1938 is rendered futile by the Munich dictate. In March 1939 a unit headed by Staff captain Richter is guarding a grain reserve not far from the new borders of the seized Republic. The unit has no radio contact and so Richter sends Lieutenant Žáček for instructions for the division. Žáček brings back the order: not to obstruct the German army in their occupation of the country and to compile a list of Communists for the Germans. Richter refuses to carry out this order. He is at a loss what to do, however, and asks Corporal Říha for the Communists' view of the most recent events. Říha proposes linking up with the other units and distributing weapons among the workers. Richter finds this proposal unacceptable. During the night the radio sends out a report of the occupation of the country by the German troops and the order for all commands to hand in their weapons to the Germans. Under Říha's authority, Richter's garrison decides to fight. With a weapon in his hand Žáček tries to force Richter to capitulate so the soldiers shoot him dead. The German army is approaching the garrison building. A furious battle ensues. Finally, German cannon fire forces the garrison to retreat. Richter, now in a hopeless situation, kills himself while Říha provides cover for the others in their retreat. The rest of the brave defenders are taken by boat across the river.

Cast

Ladislav Chudík

štábní kapitán Richter

Gustav Heverle

desátník Říha

Jaroslav Mareš

vojín Pepík Bláha

Jiří Sovák

vojín Jarda

Martin Růžek

nadporučík Žáček

František Vnouček

štábní rotmistr

Jaromír Spal

četař Hrabák

Martin Ťapák

vojín Janko

Svatopluk Beneš

poručík Brandejs

Vladimír Krška

vojín Tonek

Jarmila Kurandová

Chválová

Jana Dítětová

Lída, dcera Chválové

Naděžda Gajerová

Anči, dcera Chválové

Rudolf Deyl ml.

ilegální pracovník Jura

Vladimír Salač

vojín Franta

Josef Vinklář

vojín Mirek

Miloš Nedbal

německý major

Ivo Gübel

německý kapitán

Marie Ježková

Bláhová, Pepíkova matka

Jindřich Narenta

německý strážný na mostě

Karel Pavlík

německý plukovník

Jiří Suk

major

Josef Šidlichovský

hlídač v elektrárně

Miloš Vavruška

vojenský písař

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Jaroslav Pour, Helena Pokorná, Vladimír Zelenka

Based on

Milan Jariš (Přísaha – divadelní hra)

Shooting Script

Jiří Sequens

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Řezníček

Camera Operator

Jaroslav Kupšík

Production Designer

Karel Lier

Set Designer

Antonín Mašek

Costumes

Marie Malá

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Dobroslav Šrámek

Production Manager

Jiří Pokorný

Unit Production Manager

Josef Pitrák

Consultant

plk. František Nevěřil, npor. Oldřich Železo

Music

Music Composed by

Miloš Vacek

Songs

U našich kasáren, Ještě si já

Songwriter

Karel Vacek (U našich kasáren)

Singer

mužský sbor (U našich kasáren), Jiří Sovák (Ještě si já)

Production info

Original Title

Neporažení

English Title

The Unvanquished

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1956

Production Year

1956

Premiere

16 November 1956

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šmída – Kabelík, Vladimír Kabelík, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

92 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 6. světový festival mládeže a studentstva Moskva

1957
Moskva / Russia