Panther Waits at 5.30 p.m.

narrative, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Panter čeká v 17,30

Runtime

66

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1971

Production year

1971

Premiere

21.04.1972

Language version

Czech

Director

Josef Pinkava

Screenplay

František Tenčík, Josef Pinkava

Summary

In this crime feature for a young audience, gangs in which decent teenage boys could be led astray by their older peers became a target of criticism for experienced director Josef Pinkava. After a disagreement with his father, the protagonist of the 1971 film, lonely Petr, finds himself in exactly that type of situation. A boy nicknamed the “Panther”, who “earns money” through theft and trickery becomes a role model for both the insecure Petr (given the nickname of the “Jackal”) and his little friend Fenek. After Petr sees through the gang and tries to leave its ranks, the Panther starts blackmailing him. Fortunately, the hero has friends who will not let him down… Amid the young cast of this didactic feature, Jan Hrušínský shines as the malevolent Panther, dressed in the stylish garb of a hooligan. However, the then innocent-looking 16-year-old actor delivered more convincing early performances in Dívka na koštěti (The Girl on the Broom, 1971) and Babička (Granny, 1971).

Synopsis

Teenager Petr doesn't get on very well with his strict father, and when his father sells his beloved female dog Irina, he feels very much alone. He therefore easily falls under the influence of the older boy Panter, who is making money from fraud and theft. He gets Petr and young Fenek involved in his nefarious activities. One day Fenek throws a cartridge under a tram and the explosion causes nasty injuries to a young girl. Petr is present at the explosion and in fact it is he that the people around the tram notice, because he is wearing a white sweater. The incident opens Petr's eyes and he sees that he should not be involved with Panter. He wants to leave the gang, but Panter has no intention of letting him go and so blackmails him, telling him that the police are looking for a boy in a white sweater. Panter urgently needs money and puts pressure on Petr to steal his father's savings book. The desperate Petr doesn't know what to do. Fortunately he has good friends Martin and Jitka. Martin has been concerned about the change in Petr for a long time, has been watching him and noticing Panter's activities. Together with Jitka he manages to prevent the theft and also to show Panter up as a coward. Petr finds his balance in life again and goes back to his true friends, Martin and Jitka.

Cast

Pavel Brabec

Petr Záruba zvaný Šakal

Erik Pardus

Martin, Petrův kamarád

Jan Hrušínský

šéf party zvaný Panter

Vladimír Zátka

člen party zvaný Fenek

Eva Burkotová

Jitka, Petrova kamarádka

Viktorie Čermáková

Katka, Petrova sestra

Zdeněk Řehoř

Josef Záruba, Petrův otec

Věra Budilová

Zárubová, Petrova matka

Vladimír Hlavatý

zahrádkář Habanec

Blažena Rýznarová

učitelka

Míla Šulc

hromotluk

Renáta Doleželová

zraněná dívka

Jiří Růžička

tlustý kluk

Jiří Růžička st.

automechanik

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jan Kratochvíl

Assistant Director

Vladimíra Kopecká, Jarmila Kostolná

Based on

František Tenčík (Chlapec v bílém svetru – povídka)

Shooting Script

Josef Pinkava

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Bohumil Rath

Production Designer

Jaroslav Krška

Set Designer

Oldřich Halaza, Dvořák Josef (výprava)

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Josef Vlček

Production Manager

Josef Ouzký, Jiří Šebor

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Mařas, Růžena Hulínská

Unit Production Manager

Věra Lukášová

Cooperation

Milena Horáková, Ivan Minář, Miloslava Kostková

Music

Music Composed by

Angelo Michajlov

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Panter čeká v 17,30

English Title

Panther Waits at 5.30 p.m.

Working Title

Chlapec v bílém svetru

Copyright

1971

Production Year

1971

Premiere

21.04.1972

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Versions

Czech