How I Stole a Million

comedy

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Jak se krade milión

Runtime

90 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1967

Production year

1967

Premiere

29.09.1967

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Balík

Summary

The morality tale Jak se krade milión (How I Stole a Million, 1967) is about an orderly, upright citizen who is unable to withstand the vagaries of fate. This light comedy, one of the lesser known films by experienced director Jaroslav Balík, arose from the script of Jan Otčenášek, who also worked with the director on the war drama Reportáž psaná na oprátce (Report from the Gallows, 1961) and the drama Stín létajícího ptáčka (Shadow of a Flying Bird, 1977). The story concerns the poorly paid but conscientious accountant Šafránek, who one day finds that nine hundred crowns has unexpectedly fallen into his lap. His efforts to return the money are in vain. Opportunity eventually turns the tireless man of honour into a thief who begins to take advantage of the lack of controls in the accounts office. Šafránek then unsuccessfully tries to pull back from the larcenous role that fate has handed him. This gentle film criticising the theft of socialist property exceeds expectations thanks to an outstanding performance from Rudolf Hrušínský in the lead role.

Synopsis

The exemplary accountant Antonín Šafránek lives his orderly life as a citizen of a small town. His wife Eliška brings up their three children and desperately tries to get by on her husband's low salary every month. At the same time, she sadly watches the luxurious life of their neighbour Lejsek and other people like him who have no qualms about improving their standard of living by cheating. One day, the infallible Šafránek makes a mistake in the cash clearance and there are nine one-hundred Crown bills left in the safe. An unexpected company control carried out the next day passes without problems and the account is closed. The surprised accountant cannot return the money. The fair man is worried by the situation but eventually hands the money over to his wife, claiming them to be a bonus to his salary. The temptation is too strong. The insufficient control enables Šafránek to gradually steal one million Crowns. He has many problems to hide the banknotes at home and, under the pretext of a lottery winnings, buys innumerable gifts for the family. Most of the money, however, is still left. Šafránek makes up the death of an uncle whom he had not seen for years and from whom he may inherit some property, and leaves for Prague. There he, unexpectedly, finances a wild party for a group of tarts and parasites. The accountant returns home but soon afterwords, both his night friends and his alive uncle arrive at the town. The ministerial audit which he had anonymously set against himself, however, does not reveal anything. The superior to whom he had confessed talks him into concealing the whole thing. Šafránek climbs up to the church tower and throws the banknotes down to the square among his fellow-citizens.

Cast

Rudolf Hrušínský

účetní Antonín Šafránek

Slávka Budínová

Eliška, Šafránkova žena

Ivan Vyskočil

opravář Toník, starší syn Šafránkových

Jitka Zelenohorská

Eva, dcera Šafránkových

Josef Herčík

Pavlík, mladší syn Šafránkových

Čestmír Řanda

Farda, Šafránkův nadřízený

Svatopluk Beneš

kulturní referent Mareš

Libuše Švormová

lehká dívka Yvona

Josef Větrovec

účetní Pilc, Šafránkův kolega

Svatopluk Skládal

vedoucí samoobsluhy Lejsek

Jarmila Kolářová

sekretářka Vlasta Žaloudková

Jan Kotva

Mirek, Evin přítel

Ivana Herglotzová

Kamila

Dana Reimová

Marcela

Daniela Lamplová

Zita

Vítězslav Dlouhý

Saša

Ilona Holmanová

Monika

Jiří Steimar

strýček

Olga Bušková

nevěsta

Jindřich Narenta

vedoucí kontrolní komise

Gustav Heverle

člen komise

Jan Diviš

člen komise

Oldřich Velen

člen komise

Milan Jariš

člen komise

František Hruška

člen komise

Vladimír Linka

člen komise

Vladimír Navrátil

člen komise

František Miška

Pokorný, číšník v Est baru

Marta Kubišová

zpěvačka Ester

Josef Laufer

zpěvák v Lucerně

Václav Bouška

úředník

Jiří Hartman

nadřízený

Ladislav Hanuš

nadřízený

Ivo Niederle

příslušník VB

Viktor Maurer

prodavač v klenotnictví

Ivana Kudlová

prodavačka v klenotnictví

Vladimír Horka

kluk-družba

Josef Vytasil

kluk-družba

Josef Koníček

člen veselé společnosti

Allan Laufer

člen společnosti

Karel Kryška

člen společnosti

Gino Hašler

člen společnosti

Josef Koníček

člen společnosti

Drahuše Hodrová

členka společnosti

Jiří Růžička st.

člen společnosti

Helena Růžičková

členka společnosti

Olga Světelská

členka společnosti

Marta Richterová

členka společnosti

Mil. Voldová

členka společnosti

Vladimír Huber

číšník

Miroslav Neoveský

televizní hlasatel

Ivo Vrzal

mladík u muzea

Jan Malát (2)

ministrant

skupina Apollobeat

hudebníci v Est baru

skupina Olympic

hudebníci v Trilobit baru

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Hartman

Assistant Director

Marta Křesinová, Dagmar Nováková

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Balík

Second Unit Photography

Ladislav Chroust, Josef Pechar

Production Designer

Bohuslav Kulič

Set Designer

Vladimír Ježek, Karel Kracík, Ladislav Winkelhöfer

Costume Designer

Zdena Kadrnožková

Sound Designer

Roman Hloch

Production Manager

František Sandr

Unit Production Manager

Věra Winkelhöferová, Blažej Vráb

Unit Production Manager

Zora Rumlová

Cooperation

Ivana Nevolová, Eva Horázná, Věra Líznerová

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Mareš

Music Performed by

FISYO, skupina Olympic, skupina Apollobeat

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Měsíc, Čekám, Začínat stále znova, Kdo vynalez', Fůra chyb, Oliver Twist

Songwriter

Karel Mareš (Měsíc), Karel Mareš (Čekám), Karel Mareš (Začínat stále znova), Karel Mareš (Kdo vynalez'), Karel Mareš (Fůra chyb), Karel Mareš (Oliver Twist)

Writer of Lyrics

Eva Jarošová (Měsíc), Pavel Kopta (Čekám), Pavel Kopta (Začínat stále znova), Pavel Kopta (Kdo vynalez'), Jiří Štaidl (Fůra chyb)

Singer

Yvonne Přenosilová (Měsíc), Marta Kubišová (Čekám), Josef Laufer (Začínat stále znova), Marta Kubišová (Kdo vynalez'), Miki Volek (Fůra chyb)

Choreographer

Josef Koníček

Production info

Original Title

Jak se krade milión

English Title

How I Stole a Million

Working Title

Jak jsem ukrad milión

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1967

Production Year

1967

Premiere

29.09.1967

Creative Group

Šmída – Fikar, Ladislav Fikar, Bohumil Šmída

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

90 min

Versions

Czech