There Were Ten of Us

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production year

1962—1963

Premiere

16 August 1963

Runtime

86 min

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Bylo nás deset

Czech title

Bylo nás deset

English title

There Were Ten of Us

Synopsis

Down - Shortly upon entering the military service, the recruit Karel Čiperka has a quarrel with Corporal Moraveček, who is subsequently at his heels all the time. Karel is far from being an exemplary soldier, and moreover, he soon falls in love with the kindergarten teacher Jitka. Along with the other nine soldiers of the unit, Karel establishes an ensemble, which performs a pantomime show by the mime Jirka and songs by the singer Štefan. The troop decides to dupe its commander Moraveček, and sets off to perform an exemplary training instead of a loose approach. Moraveček would most likely prefer to dissolve the ensemble, but the officers are fond of the restrained satire - rotten luck for the corporal. Eventually, all ten pass the N.C.O. school and are raised from the ranks at the end of the first year. Moraveček returns to civilian life and points out to Karel what difficult times he is going to face. He cannot be a friendly commander and at the same time be on good terms with his superiors. Up - Members of the ensemble are transferred to Brno. Karel has problems with his troop and recalls Moraveček's words. In the end, he must be as strict as Moraveček was. Although he promised his love to Jitka, he falls in love with another girl - the blonde Dáša - and is unable to choose between the two. The commander, Major Hraboš, supports the ensemble and even allows it to train with girls. The second year of the military service is coming to an end. The ensemble appears in front of the soldiers for the last time and the ten friends exchange farewells and return home.

Note

The film was finished and approved in 1963; the titles, however, state the copyright year 1962.

Cast

Jaroslav Satoranský

voják Karel Čiperka, kytarista

Ctibor Turba

voják Jirka Samšiňák, mistr pantomimy

Vlastimil Čaněk

voják Jarda Koukal, bubeník

Zdeněk Polák (2)

voják Zdeněk Novák, pozounista

Alexandr Kovacs

voják Jeník Řemřicha

Jiří Zahajský

voják Standa Kubík, vedoucí soubor

Jiří Krampol

voják Josef Kytýř, klarinetista

Jiří Suchý

voják Štefan Medved

Antonín Neumayer

voják Honza Klicpouch

Jiří Šlitr

voják Míla Říhal, basista

Jana Jobová

Dubbing Zuzana Stivínová
učitelka Jitka, Karlova přítelkyně

Olga Schoberová

Dubbing Eva Klepáčová
Dáša, Karlova světlovlasá přítelkyně

Václav Postránecký

desátník Moraveček

Miroslav Doležal

major Hraboš, velitel praporu

Jan Cmíral

poručík Kozlok

Jan Pohan

poručík Popelka zvaný Fešák

Václav Sloup

četař Sokol

Pavel Pecháček

Pastorek

Miroslav Mokošín

major Beránek

Miloš Bunda

Bohačík

Jana Hladká

Dášina přítelkyně

Magda Anýžová

Dášina přítelkyně

Pavla Emingerová

Dášina přítelkyně

Věra Součková

Dášina přítelkyně

Radomír Postl

Vopička

Ladislav Považay

vojín Ulrych

Jaroslav Kučera (herec)

vojín v Ulrychově četě

Petr Mach

vojín v Ulrychově četě

Jiří Cirkl

plukovník

Jiří Stivín

mladík s cigaretou

Josef Hlinomaz

kapitán Netušil

H. Kovářová

Anička

Otto Sattler

hudebník

O. Jořínek

hudebník

J. Majzlík

hudebník

A. Bureš

hudebník

Václav Podhorský

důstojník

Anna Vejvodová

manželka majora Hraboše

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Ota Koval

Assistant Director

Věra Pištěková, Věra Popelková

Based on

Antonín Kachlík (Bylo nás deset – kniha)

Shooting Script

Antonín Kachlík

Director of Photography

Jiří Ployhar

Second Unit Photography

Oldřich Hubáček

Camera Operator

Rudolf Blaháček

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Assistent Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý, Jan Kňákal

Set Designer

Karel Kočí, Bohuslav Varhaník, Jaroslava Vilímková

Costume Designer

Věra Pulchartová

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Assistant Film Editor

Anna Křemenová

Sound Designer

Jiří Kejř, Bohumír Brunclík (zvukové efekty)

Production Manager

Gustav Rohan

Unit Production Manager

Petr Čapek, Dana Dudová

Unit Production Manager

Josef Protiva

Consultant

plk. Alois Bíca

Music

Music Composed by

Oldřich Flosman

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín), Orchestr divadla Semafor (Music Conducted by Ferdinand Havlík)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Suchý (Co je to blues – píseň)

Songs

Vojáci jdou

Singer sbor

Na shledanou, krokodýle /See You Later, Aligator/

Songwriter Robert Guidry
Singer Alexandr Kovacs

Zčervená

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Jiří Suchý

Léta dozrávání /Obnošená vesta/

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Jiří Suchý

Blues pro tebe

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Jiří Suchý

Chybí mi ta jistota

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Jiří Zahajský

Potkal potkan potkana

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý

Honky tonky blues

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý

Tak jako ten Adam

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý

Píseň o rose

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý

Píseň pro Zuzanu

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý

Ach, ta láska nebeská

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý

Co je to blues

Songwriter Jiří Šlitr

Careless Love

Songwriter tradicionál

Clementine

Songwriter tradicionál

Production info

Original Title

Bylo nás deset

Czech Title

Bylo nás deset

English Title

There Were Ten of Us

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1963

Production Year

1962—1963

Production specifications

technical Screenplay approved 27 August 1962
start of filming 2 September 1962
end of filming 4 March 1963
projection approval 22 May 1963

Premiere

preview 2 August 1963 (kino Sevastopol /1 týden/, Praha)
premiere 9 August 1963 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Lucerna /8 týdnů/, Arbes /1 týden/, Dukla /1 týden/, Oko /1 týden/, Revoluce /1 týden/, Radost /1 týden od 16. 8./, Kyjev /1 týden od 23. 8./, Mír /1 týden od 6. 9./, Vzlet /1 týden od 13. 9./ a Odboj /½ týdne od 20. 9./, Praha)
premiere 16 August 1963 /unsuitable for youths/ (celostátní)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

Barrandov

Creative Group

Tvůrčí skupina Novotný – Kubala, Bedřich Kubala (vedoucí dramaturg tvůrčí skupiny), Ladislav Novotný (vedoucí výroby tvůrčí skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

86 min

Original length in metres

2 446 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