Tony, You Are Nuts

children, narrative

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Tony, tobě přeskočilo

Runtime

88 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1969

Production year

1968

Premiere

18.04.1969

Language version

Czech

Director

Věra Plívová-Šimková, Drahomíra Králová

Summary

Screenwriter František Pavlíček successfully worked with director Věra Plívová-Šimková on several occasions. In addition to the children’s films Lišáci – Myšáci a Šibeničák (Foxes, Mice and Gallows Hill, 1970) and O Sněhurce (Snow White, 1972), Pavlíček also wrote the comedy Tony, tobě přeskočilo (Tony, You Are Nuts), which popular filmmaker Plívová-Šimková co-directed with favourite collaborator Drahomíra Králová. This 1968 film tells the story of four siblings living in a children’s home, who find a secure environment hanging out with the rather peculiar villager Antonín Heretyk, nicknamed Tony. After a glass of plum brandy, even a visiting social worker accepts that the love offered at this place is far more important than the location’s failings regarding material comforts and hygiene… The title character is played by Slovak actor Ľudovít Kroner, brother of the more widely known Jozef Kroner. The four siblings depicted in the film, played by Josef Filip, Josef Masničák, Zdenka Smrčková and Jiřina Šolcová, are a mix of experienced child actors and non-actors.

Synopsis

In the village cemetery, the funeral of a married couple - victims of a car crash - is ending. The relatives unscrupulously take away the facilities of the dead people's little cottage, totally ignorant of the fate of eight-year old Ruda, whom the childless couple took from a children's home and adopted. Fortunately, an elderly lonesome uncle named Tony remains in the empty cottage and decides to take care of the boy, nicknamed Münchie [Prášílek] after Baron Münchhausen for his wild imagination. They manage the house together in a somewhat cack-handed way and Münchie keeps knocking off the "forays" of their neighbour, widow Koťátková, who constantly forces herself on the bachelors with baked yeast buns and offers of help. The summer holidays begin and Münchie convinces Tony to invite his one-year older brother Joska from the children's home to join them. The two brothers enthusiastically enjoy the countryside, making mischief, but they love both Tony and each other. Upon their insistance, their little sister Anička is yet another newcomer to the house. The "woman's hand" who is to make order in the cottage belongs to a cute six-year old girl whom Tony has no strength to send back to the orphanage. After Anička, the last of the siblings, thirteen-year old Růžena, runs away from the children's home. The social worker refuses to give Tony approval to care for all the four children. During her visit, she, however, cannot resist an offer of homemade, sliwowitz and, placated by alcohol, admits that the mutual love relationship is much more important for the children than top hygiene.

Note

The film was created, finished and approved in 1968, but the opening titles give the copyright year 1969.

Cast

Josef Filip

osmiletý Ruda zvaný Prášílek

Josef Masničák

Joska, devítiletý Prášílkův bratr

Zdenka Smrčková

Anička, šestiletá Prášílkova sestra

Jiřina Šolcová

Růžena, třináctiletá Prášílkova sestra

Ľudovít Kroner

Antonín Heretyk zvaný strýček Tony

Adam Matejka

hrobník Hádek

Věra Tichánková

vdova Koťátková zvaná Koťajda

Pavla Maršálková

sociální pracovnice

Jiří Bakeš

Komprda

Martin Procházka

Kobliha

František Sandr

příslušník SNB

Kateřina Šimková

Kačka Matěchová

František Umlauf

Krakonoš

Jan Kotva

vychovatel

Tomáš Šimek

mimino v kočárku

Jaroslav Barták

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

František Matoušek

Assistant Director

Jaroslav Barták, Dagmar Nováková

Second Unit Photography

Jaroslav Kupšík

Camera Operator

Jan Ondrák

Production Designer

Bohumil Pokorný

Set Designer

Michael Hrdlička, V. Koucký, Ladislav Winkelhöfer

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

Blažej Bernard

Production Manager

František Sandr

Unit Production Manager

Eva Langerová, Věra Winkelhöferová

Unit Production Manager

Lucie Hertlová

Cooperation

Milana Halašková, Jitka Šulcová, Vilemína Binterová, Vladimír Hovorka

Music

Music Composed by

Svatopluk Havelka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Pihovatá dívka, Malinká, Anička, dušička, nekašli, Tichá voda do Dunajka padala, Tri dni ma naháňali, Ještě si já

Songwriter

Pavel Novák (Pihovatá dívka), lidová americká píseň (Malinká)

Writer of Lyrics

Pavel Novák (Pihovatá dívka), Eduard Krečmar (Malinká)

Singer

Zdena Smrčková (Pihovatá dívka), Zdena Smrčková (Malinká), Ľudovít Kroner (Anička, dušička, nekašli), Adam Matejka (Tichá voda do Dunajka padala), Pavla Maršálková (Tichá voda do Dunajka padala), Ľudovít Kroner (Tichá voda do Dunajka padala), Josef Filip (Ještě si já), Ľudovít Kroner (Tri dni ma naháňali), Ľudovít Kroner (Ještě si já)

Production info

Original Title

Tony, tobě přeskočilo

English Title

Tony, You Are Nuts

Working Title

Prášílek a Tony Sarka-Farka / Hnízdo

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

children, narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1969

Production Year

1968

Premiere

18.04.1969

Creative Group

Švabík – Procházka, Jan Procházka, Erich Švabík

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

88 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 7. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti a mládež Gottwaldov

1969
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 7. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti a mládež Gottwaldov

1969
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 7. mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti Gijón

1969
Gijón / Spain

Vítěz

Exhibition: 7. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti a mládež Gottwaldov

1969
Zlín / Czechoslovakia