The Cucumber Hero

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1962—1963

Premiere

11 October 1963

Runtime

101 min

Category

film

Genre

narrative

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Okurkový hrdina

Czech title

Okurkový hrdina

English title

The Cucumber Hero

Synopsis

Modest and kind, but none too handsome Matěj is the soul of a group of young people living in a small city in Southern Bohemia. He experiences a passionate relationship with the student Slávka. The local youth are joined by the workers from the nearby construction site of a dam. The worker Fanyn dates the shop assistant Helenka. She gets pregnant, and upon finding out that her lover was unfaithful to her, hesitates whether to keep the baby. The technician Petr, another newcomer to the town, is a self-conscious swollen-head. When a reporter comes to the construction site to make an interview with the best workers, Petr slips in front of his microphone without an invitation. His gang of workers punishes him for what he has done. He is lured out by the girls to a reported party, undressing in a dark room and remaining the only one naked when the lights go on. Petr suspects Matěj to be the initiator of the joke, and, in revenge, decides to seduce his beloved Slávka. The naive girl, who does not know Petr, believes him to be a photo journalist who wants to publish her photograph in a magazine. Matěj in the meantime manages to settle down the relationship between Fanyn and Helenka. During a fireworks display, Matěj and Slávka plan to have their "wedding night". Matěj, however, is left alone waiting in a romantically set up room since Petr lured Slávka out to the dam and violated her. When Matěj meets the devastated girl in the morning, he finds Petr and has a fight with him. The desperate and sad Matěj is cheered up by his friends and also Slávka lets him know she is still in love with him.

Cast

Alena Procházková

studentka Slávka

Jiří Havel

technik Petr

Zuzana Stivínová

ošetřovatelka Dana

Hana Pražanová

prodavačka Helenka

Alena Hesounová

Věra

Helena Knapová

Eva

Alena Blektová

Marta

Luděk Kříž

muzikant

Karel Chromík

fotograf Pepík

Jan Odl

Jarda

Táňa Blažejová

tanečnice

Jaroslav Choc

televizní reportér

Jiří Stivín

saxofonista

Petr Hapka

klavírista

Jiřina Barášová

prodavačka v mléčném baru

Jan Kotva

úředník

Josef Pivonka

tanečník

Zbyněk Pohlídal

tanečník

Antonie Zacpalová

tanečnice

A. Vostřezová

tanečnice

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jaroslav Kučera (výroba)

Assistant Director

Jiří Hraběta, Eva Kubesová

Shooting Script

Čestmír Mlíkovský

Script Editor

Václav Nývlt

Director of Photography

Jiří Tarantík

Second Unit Photography

Josef Pávek

Camera Operator

Jiří Štíbr

Production Designer

Leoš Karen

Art Director

Jaroslav Jurčák (sochy)

Set Designer

Vojtěch Palek, Václav Zavřel, Dvořák Josef (výprava)

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

František Černý, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Special Effects

Jiří Tarantík, Vladimír Dvořák, Jiří Rumler, Ladislav Vinklárek

Production Manager

Josef Ouzký

Unit Production Manager

Miroslav Smrček, Václav Dobeš, Růžena Hulínská, Růž?ena Hulínská

Cooperation

Jana Rozbrojová, Ludmila Náprstková, Leopold Zeman, Marie Tillerová

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Fišer

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček), Jazzový orchestr Československého rozhlasu (Music Conducted by Karel Krautgartner), Karel Krautgartner /saxofon/, Rudolf Rokl /klavír/, Richard Kubernát /trubka/

Songwriter

Luboš Fišer

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Kopta

Production info

Original Title

Okurkový hrdina

Czech Title

Okurkový hrdina

English Title

The Cucumber Hero

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1962—1963

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 21 June 1961
technical Screenplay approved 12 December 1961
start of filming 19 March 1962
end of filming 23 April 1963
projection approval 4 June 1963

Premiere

premiere 11 October 1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Hostivař

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Bohumil Šmída (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

101 min

Original length in metres

2 889 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Versions

Czech