Panther Waits at 5.30 p.m.





Production year



21 April 1972


66 min




children, psychological


featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Panter čeká v 17,30

Czech title

Panter čeká v 17,30

English title

Panther Waits at 5.30 p.m.

Working title

Chlapec v bílém svetru


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).


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.


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


Míla Šulc


Renáta Doleželová

zraněná dívka

Jiří Růžička

tlustý kluk

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jan Kratochvíl

Assistant Director

Vladimíra Kopecká

Based on

František Tenčík (Chlapec v bílém svetru – povídka)

Shooting Script

Josef Pinkava

Director of Photography

Josef Pávek

Second Unit Photography

Karel Hejsek

Camera Operator

Bohumil Rath

Production Designer

Jaroslav Krška

Set Designer

Oldřich Halaza, Josef Dvořák

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Assistant Film Editor

Miloslava Kostková

Sound Designer

Josef Vlček

Production Manager

Josef Ouzký

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Mařas, Růžena Hulínská

Unit Production Manager

Věra Lukášová


Milena Horáková (klapka), Ivan Minář (fotograf)


Music Composed by

Angelo Michajlov

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín)

Production info

Original Title

Panter čeká v 17,30

Czech Title

Panter čeká v 17,30

English Title

Panther Waits at 5.30 p.m.

Working Title

Chlapec v bílém svetru




featuretheatrical distribution


children, psychological

Origin country




Production Year


Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 31 July 1970
technical Screenplay approved 4 February 1971
start of filming 16 April 1971
end of filming 6 September 1971
the first film copy approved 6 December 1971
projection approval 27 December 1971


premiere 21 April 1972 /suitable for youths/ (celostátní)
premiere 27 April 1972 /suitable for youths/ (kino Letka, Praha)



Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Oty Hofmana, Ota Hofman (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny), Výrobní skupina Ericha Švabíka, Erich Švabík (vedoucí výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

66 min

Original length in metres

1 863 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio



black & white



Sound system/format




Dialogue languages


Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages