Hostages

short-story

Typology

feature

Czech title

Rukojmí

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1974

Production year

1974

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Svoboda

Synopsis

In an operating room, a team of medical staff is about to perform a caesarean section during a complicated delivery. Then a highly agitated man, Vladimír Čaban, breaks into the room with a gun in his hand and orders the doctors and nurses to step back to the window. The forty-year-old freelance constructer engineer Čaban is addicted to morphine, and today he has failed to find the money for his usual fix, which he secretly buys from a waiter named Kříž. To heavily in debt drug addict nobody wants to lend money anymore. His mother has no inkling that the morphine used years before to ease the pain of her seriously ill husband was stolen and abused by her now long grown-up only son. There is nothing left in the house for Čaban to sell. As evening comes, he is tormented by withdrawal symptoms and breaks into a pharmacy holding up his late father's gun. This proves fatal for two men from the police patrol, one of which had wanted to buy painkillers for an aching tooth. The agitated addict starts shooting and kills Sergeant Hošek. Now a murderer, he signs in at a hospital under a false name to be treated for kidney colic. The nurse at the hospital reception remembers him and sounds the alarm when she learns of the manhunt. Čaban has no way of escaping from the hospital surrounded by police and in panic takes the operating team hostage. The surgeon refuses to obey the blackmailer and starts the urgent operation. Before the drug addict can do anything, a police sharpshooter suspended from the roof brings him down. Just as the wounded Čaban is taken away, a child's cry is heard from the operating room.

Cast

Jiří Hálek

morfinista Vladimír Čaban

Blanka Waleská

Čabanova matka

Bohumil Šmída

chirurg MUDr. Mareš

Václav Mareš

lékárník

Gustav Heverle

vedoucí vinárny

Jaroslav Mareš

číšník Kříž

Vlastimil Čaněk

nadporučík VB Šíma, vyšetřovatel

Rudolf Jelínek

strážmistr VB Hošek

Karel Fridrich

rotný VB v lékárně

Josef Velda

starožitník

Miloš Vávra

projektant Jarda

Marie Motlová

vrchní sestra

Nina Divíšková

zdravotní sestra Kalousová

Jan Faltýnek

Janda, manžel rodičky

František Rokos

zástupce nadporučíka Šímy

Jiří Wohanka

zaměstnanec vinárny

Milena Svobodová

zdravotní sestra v suterénu

Mária Nováková

instrumentářka

Slávka Krauskopfová

anestezioložka

Martin Liška

vedoucí projekční kanceláře

Miloslav Vajnar

pacient

Vladimír Lemon

lékař

Naděžda Vicenová

zdravotní sestra v porodnici

Miroslav Strnad

klarinetista v baru

Lubor Kříž

klavírista v baru

Vít Fiala

kytarista v baru

Otakar Bartoš

bubeník v baru

Jaroslav Pavlis

lékař na vyšetřovně

Josef Bárta

příslušník VB

Leoš Jirsák

on sám ve vysílání Kriminální ústředny

Dubbing

Jiří Němeček

hlas MUDr. Mareše

Tomáš Sedláček

hlas taxikáře

Tomáš Sedláček

hlas vedoucího projekční kanceláře

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

František Sádek

Assistant Director

Jiří Potsch, Žofie Futerová, Irena Hrušková

Screenplay

Jiří Svoboda

Script Editor

Oldřich Železný

Second Unit Photography

Zdeněk Prchlík

Camera Operator

Bohumil Rath

Production Designer

Jan Oliva

Set Designer

Eva Slívová, Marcel Kříž, Jiří Matějka

Costume Designer

Šárka Hejnová

Sound Designer

Pavel Jelínek

Production Manager

Jiří Bečka

Unit Production Manager

Dagmar Rašilovová

Consultant

JUDr. Přemysl Velický

Cooperation

Jarmila Kovtanová, Růžena Hejsková, Jana Šimonová, Boris Halmi

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Hapka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Rukojmí

English Title

Hostages

Kategorie

Povídka

Typology

feature

Žánr

short-story

Země původu

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1974

Production Year

1974

Technical info

Versions

Czech