The End of the Road

drama, crime

Typology

feature

Czech title

Konec cesty

Runtime

77

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1959

Production year

1959

Premiere

11.03.1960

Language version

Czech

Director

Miroslav Cikán

Screenplay

Jiří Mareš, Bohumil Brejcha, Otakar Kirchner, Miroslav Cikán

Screenstory

Bohumil Brejcha

Synopsis

Josef Lachman is imprisoned after stealing state property. When he is released he finds work with a company building a dam. He visits his daughter Eva to pick up his things and a plan which will show him where a crate is hidden near the dam. The crate is secured by explosives, however. Josef asks the sapper Rokos for help. The crate contains English pounds; it was hidden during the War by the SS officer Mayer and, in return for help during his escape, he told Lachman where the crate was hidden. Josef does not know that the pounds are forgeries. Rokos blackmails Lachman and the latter asks Eva to flee the country with him. Eva finally agrees. She does not heed warning from her husband and goes to the foreign currency store to buy some things they need. She changes the pounds for purchase coupons with a middleman. Rokos' girlfriend Růžena also tries to exchange the pounds. Soon the banknotes are discovered to be forgeries. Růžena unwittingly attracts the attention of the police who are on Rokos' trail. Rokos is found dead, however; he has been murdered. Witness testimonies suggest that Lachman is the murderer. Lachman urges Eva to leave the country immediately. They meet at the station but the police are on to them. Lachman is finally arrested for Rokos' murder which, until the last moment, his daughter knew nothing about.

Cast

Martin Růžek

řidič Josef Lachman

Alena Vránová

Eva Kostková, Lachmanova dcera

Vladimír Ráž

úředník Jindřich Kostka, Evin manžel

Rudolf Deyl ml.

minér Karel Rokos

Eva Klepáčová

Růžena, Rokosova dívka

Josef Bek

kapitán Lukeš

Gustav Heverle

poručík Bouchal

Oldřich Vykypěl

nadporučík Novák

František Miška

poručík Hanák

Oldřich Lukeš

střelmistr

Soběslav Sejk

policejní úředník Popelka

Bohuš Záhorský

úředník věznice

Karel Pavlík

tunelář

František Hanus

pokladník Tuzexu

Jindřich Narenta

příslušník SNB

Miriam Kantorková

hezká žena na stavbě

Ota Motyčka

kadeřník Stárek

Miroslav Doležal

pomocník VB

Vladimír Hrubý

prodavač v Tuzexu

Vilém Besser

Krampera

Antonín Šůra

dělník na stavbě

František Suk

pracovník Tuzexu

Karel Hovorka

překupník

Hynek Němec

dělník na stavbě Kaláb

Jaroslav Mareš

pohraničník

Adolf Král

svědek

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

František Matoušek

Assistant Director

Eva Kubesová, Věra Pištěková

Screenstory

Bohumil Brejcha

Based on

Jiří Mareš (Za peníze všecko – povídka)

Shooting Script

Miroslav Cikán

Second Unit Photography

Ladislav Vinklárek

Camera Operator

Emil Sirotek

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Set Designer

Karel Kočí, Jaroslava Vilímková

Costume Designer

Lída Novotná

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Dobroslav Šrámek, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Jaroslav Jílovec

Unit Production Manager

Miloš Stejskal, Jaroslav Koucký

Consultant

Karel Kalivoda

Cooperation

Aleš Voleman

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Lucký

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Konec cesty

English Title

The End of the Road

Copyright

1959

Production Year

1959

Premiere

11.03.1960

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Creative Group

Brož – Ptáček, Miloš Brož, Jaromír Ptáček

Technical info

Versions

Czech