The Cartridge

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Náboj

Runtime

0 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1963

Language version

Czech

Director

Ivo Toman

Synopsis

Soldier Petr Kobera receives a letter from his girlfriend ending their relationship. Petr wants to leave for home immediately. The lieutenant cannot give him a leave-pass as he has sentry duty coming up. Moreover, Petr is to appear on stage as one of the members of the army ensemble on Sunday. The desperate soldier threatens to commit suicide. The lieutenant promises to give him the leave-pass provided he finds a substitute for himself. But none of Peter's friends is willing to do this favour for him. Petr spots one of the soldiers hiding a live cartridge in a mattress to improve his results in target shooting and steals it. He then joins the soldiers on patrol. Alone in the forest, he loads the gun and prepares to commit suicide as intended. The robbed soldier in the meantime has found out that the live cartridge is missing. Upon finding Petr's torn-up letter, he understands the tragedy that may happen, and sets off to the forest on a borrowed scooter. Petr's preparations are disturbed by a man who, over the fence, asks him to help unload his car. Petr refuses to help and right at that moment, there is a series of shots. Petr changes his mind and instead of shooting himself shoots the reservoir of drinking water. The soldier who was to stop him watches with wonder how Petr, in his uniform, showers in the splashes of water coming out of the barrel, laughing his head off.

Cast

Milan Kos

vojín Petr Kobera

Karel Hábl

poručík

Zdeněk Dušek

vojín Ivan

Miloslav Šimek

vojín Hudeček

Olga Schoberová

dívka na pouti

Crew and creators

Director

Ivo Toman

Second Unit Director

František Brychta

Camera Operator

Petr Mareš, Jiří Krob

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Make-Up Artist

Petr Jílovec

Film Editor

Jiří Sobotka

Sound Designer

Karel Cajthaml

Production Manager

Erik Hubáček

Unit Production Manager

Karel Vejřík, Karel Zloch

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslava Zábranská

Cooperation

Jiřina Skalská

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Production info

Original Title

Náboj

English Title

The Cartridge

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1963

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Technical info

Versions

Czech