Between You and Me Who Are Thieves

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Premiere

21 February 1964

Runtime

83 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Mezi námi zloději

Czech title

Mezi námi zloději

English title

Between You and Me Who Are Thieves

Synopsis

Lojza Bazan, a trickster making fraudulent offers of marriage, will soon be released from prison. The prisoner Béďa Musil recommends that he go to his own native village of Vejtonice, whose local Standard Farming Cooperative feeds the numerous Musil family more than well. Safe-breaker Laštovka and card-sharper Fafejta are released along with Lojza and the three set off try to find an easy and well-paid job. When they fail, Bazan recalls Béďa's advice, and they thus leave for Vejtonice. The local people are industrious but all the earnings of the cooperative go to the pockets of the many Musils who have got hold of important positions in the cooperative's board of directors. They employ Laštovka and Fafejta as members of the cooperative and immediately strip them of part of the money they earned in prison. Lojza worms himself into the confidence of Béďa's wife Růženka and begins to help her in the local pub. Both the former prisoners then become members of the board of directors, and, in order to have something to steal in the future, they introduce new rules in the establishment: the Musil family cannot enrich itself by the business any more and all members of the cooperative are to begin to work in a sideline production in winter. The cooperative eventually pays off its debts and begins to prosper. Both Laštovka and Fafejta get used to proper living and find themselves women for life. After the harvest, it is thus only the irredeemable Lojza and the just-released Béďa who try to steal the money. They are however caught and here they go - again to prison.

Note

The opening titles include pictures of the members of the film crew in the form if evidence cards of criminals.

Cast

Otomar Krejča

kasař Josef Laštovka, účetní JZD

Vladimír Menšík

sňatkový podvodník Lojza Bazan

Jiří Sovák

falešný hráč František Fafejta, jednatel

Rudolf Deyl ml.

Josef Musil

Bohuš Záhorský

dědek Vincek Musil

Stella Zázvorková

hostinská Růžena Musilová

František Filipovský

vězeňský holič Béďa Musil, manžel Růženy

Josef Beyvl

Emil Musil

Jaroslav Vojta

Oldřich Musil

Eman Fiala

Antonín Musil

Jaroslav Mareš

Franta Musil

Miloš Nedbal

Čeněk Musil

Josef Kemr

předseda JZD Paroubek

Zuzana Stivínová

nadlesní Vlastička, dcera Josefa Musila

Jarmila Smejkalová

družstevnice Zdenka Zouzalová

Jaroslav Horký

Bořivoj Musil

Oldřich Lukeš

kapitán Mrázek

Jan Pohan

kapitán VB, náčelník

Jiří Steimar

předseda komise

Marcela Sedláčková

členka komise

Miloslav Šindler

člen komise

Zdeněk Týle

člen komise

Elena Hálková

Božena Musilová

Blažena Vernerová

Musilová, žena Josefa

Věra Ferbasová

Marie Musilová

Eva Svobodová

družstevnice Hanousková

Ludmila Roubíková

družstevnice

Hermína Vojtová

družstevnice

Věra Petáková

úřednice na pracovním úřadě

Zdeněk Jelen

nadporučík VB

František Kropáček

nadporučík VB

J. Biskup

synek Zouzalové

K. Biskupová

dcerka Zouzalové

Gustav Hrdlička

hudebník ve věznici

Zdeněk Skalický

hudebník ve věznici

Otto Sattler

hudebník ve věznici

Karel Kocourek

pokladník ve spořitelně

Vítězslav Černý

tlustý muž ve vlaku

Jan Tříska

muž v hospodě

Václav Podhorský

dozorce

Adolf Šmíd

muž se smrčkem

V. Sporková

kytaristka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Věra Ticháčková

Screenstory

Petr Gryner, Jiří Karásek

Director of Photography

Rudolf Stahl ml.

Second Unit Photography

Eduard Kadeřábek

Camera Operator

Rudolf Blaháček

Production Designer

Bohuslav Kulič

Set Designer

Ivan Ernyei, Jiří Kalina, Josef Pavlík

Costume Designer

Karel Postřehovský

Film Editor

Antonín Zelenka

Sound Designer

Pavel Jelínek, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

František Sandr

Unit Production Manager

Václav Cajthaml, Věra Winkelhöferová

Unit Production Manager

Dagmar Rašilovová

Consultant

Karel Kalivoda

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Lucký

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín),

Songs

Dále, jen dál

Songwriter Štěpán Lucký
Writer of Lyrics Pavel Kopta
Singer Otomar KrejčaVladimír MenšíkJiří Sováksbor

Klementajn

Songwriter lidová americká píseň
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer V. Sporková

Production info

Original Title

Mezi námi zloději

Czech Title

Mezi námi zloději

English Title

Between You and Me Who Are Thieves

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 15 January 1963
technical Screenplay approved 28 March 1963
start of filming 22 April 1963
end of filming 2 August 1963
projection approval 31 October 1963

Premiere

preview 7 February 1964 (kino Sevastopol /1 týden/, Praha)
premiere 14 February 1964 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Kotva /5 týdnů/, Flora /1 týden od 21. 2./, Revoluce /1 týden od 28. 2./, Kyjev /1 týden od 6. 3./ a Bystrica /1 týden od 13. 3./, Praha)
premiere 21 February 1964 /unsuitable for youths/ (celostátní)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

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

83 min

Original length in metres

2 371 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