Death at the Needle

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Smrt na Jehle

Runtime

0 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production year

1965

Language version

Czech

Director

Ivo Novák

Synopsis

Three mountaineers climb up a steep sandstone rock called Needle. Tonda Patera climbs first, followed by Bartoš and finally the only girl in the group, Jiřina. The fourth member of the group, František Malát, remains in the camping-site. Climbing up, the mountaineers cannot see each other, and thus have to rely on calling out individual instructions. In one moment, Bartoš gets scared - the rope with which Tonda is to protect him has loosened and even slips down. Bartoš gets to the top only with difficulties, finding Patera dead with a knife in his back. František calls the police. The investigator of the murder is Lieutenant Borůvka, not too dexterous a man at first sight, but possessed of a bright analytical mind. He asks another group of mountain climbers for help. They present him various possibilities of how the murder could have been committed. It seems that the culprit could only be Bartoš, who was at the same time Patera's rival in love for Jiřina. But Jiřina, too, had a possibility at one moment to untie herself, go round the rock and commit the crime. The least suspected is František, who was afraid to climb rocks and was thus considered weakling by the others. It is nevertheless him whom Borůvka eventually convicts his of the murder. For František was secretly in love with Jiřina. Because of her he overcame his vertigo, swung to the top of the Needle from the neighbouring rock and killed Patera, hoping that Bartoš would be arrested as the murderer.

Cast

Petr Kostka

horolezec Bartoš

Jana Gýrová

horolezkyně Jiřina Fikotová

Jan Faltýnek

horolezec František Malát

Lubomír Lipský

poručík Borůvka

Jan Přeučil

kriminalista Pavel Málek

Oldřich Velen

praporčík SNB

Vladimír Procházka (2)

lékař

Jaroslav Mařan

fotograf Láďa

Libuše Pešková

železničářka Nývltová

Petr Prachtl

člen družstva

Jaroslav Svoboda

horolezec Tonda Patera

Milan Frkal

příslušník SNB

Josef Šulc

příslušník SNB

Jan Jílek

příslušník SNB

Norbert Chotaš

příslušník SNB

B. Nejedlo

Dubbing

Milan Neděla

hlas praporčíka SNB

Jan Pohan

hlas příslušníka SNB

Crew and creators

Director

Ivo Novák

Assistant Director

Dagmar Nováková

Based on

Josef Škvorecký (Smrt na Jehle – povídka)

Shooting Script

Ivo Novák

Second Unit Photography

Karel Dobřichovský

Camera Operator

Jiří Širc

Production Designer

Jaroslav Krška

Sound Designer

Jaromír Svoboda

Production Manager

Jiří Bečka

Unit Production Manager

Josef Hudlička

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslava Pražská

Cooperation

Jitka Hůlková, Eva Horázná, Jan Kňákal

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Smrt na Jehle

English Title

Death at the Needle

Category

povídka

Typology

feature

Genre

short-story

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1965

Production Year

1965

Technical info

Versions

Czech