The Road Back

drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Cesta zpátky

Runtime

89

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1958

Production year

1958

Premiere

17.04.1959

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Krška

Synopsis

Dan, Freddy and Carda are roaming about Prague thinking of how to get some money. They decide to break into the box-office of a cinema, but a passer-by interferes. Freddy loses his jacket in the fight, but all three young men escape at the end. Freddy is afraid to return home and is hiding at the docks. The police identify him from his papers, which they found in the jacket. At the docks Freddy meets the customs officer Tonka and stirs her to pity with a made-up story about a bullying father. The news about the death of the man with whom he had a fight, confirms Freddy in his belief that he has to keep on hiding. The police are looking for Freddy in the factory in which the three young men work. Carda wants to confess. Dan gets him drunk and challenges him to a motor race. Carda's motorbike crashes and he dies in the accident. Dan decides to get Freddy across the border with the help of his father. Tonka visits Freddy's father, discovers the truth and persuades Freddy to surrender to the police. Freddy refuses Dan's help and there is a fight. Freddy escapes and is going to surrender to the police. Dan's father sees the only possibility being to save his son by sending him across the border instead of Freddy.

Cast

Eduard Cupák

František Pastyřík zvaný Fredy

Josef Vinklář

Dan Čihák

Jana Dítětová

celní úřednice Tonka

Oldřich Slavík

Karel Kučera zvaný Carda

Karel Máj

Tončin strýc

Karel Höger

hodinář Pastyřík, Františkův otec

František Vnouček

Josef Kučera, Karlův otec

Bohumil Šmída

Čihák, Danův otec

Václav Lohniský

řidič Josef

Blanka Waleská

Kučerová, Karlova matka

Marie Rosůlková

Čiháková, Danova matka

Ladislav Kazda

strojník Bedřich z lodi Orel

Adolf Komeda

blonďatý motocyklista

Magda Maděrová

pokladní kina Blaník

Karel Leschinger

opozdilý návštěvník

Vilém Besser

jeřábník Toník

Zdeněk Jelínek

příslušník SNB

Emil Kadeřávek

zlepšovatel

Josef Mráz

kamarád

Miroslav Homola

fotograf

Jiří Smutný

staršina

Eliška Svobodová

Danova milenka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jaroslav Beránek

Assistant Director

Ivan Roch, Zdena Štekrová

Screenstory

Pavel Kohout

Screenplay

Pavel Kohout

Shooting Script

Václav Krška

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Production Designer

Bohuslav Kulič

Set Designer

Vladimír Huja, Josef Pavlík

Costume Designer

Fernand Vácha

Film Editor

Jan Kohout

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Antonín Bedřich

Unit Production Manager

František Štěpánek

Music

Music Composed by

Harry Macourek

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO), Karel Krautgartner (Orchestr Karla Krautgartnera)

Songs

Dálka zpívá, den je krátký

Singer

Josef Zíma (Dálka zpívá, den je krátký), Jiří Vašíček (Dálka zpívá, den je krátký), sbor (Dálka zpívá, den je krátký)

Production info

Original Title

Cesta zpátky

English Title

The Road Back

Copyright

1958

Production Year

1958

Premiere

17.04.1959

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Šmída – Kunc, František Břetislav Kunc, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Versions

Czech