The Man from London

comedy, crime

Typology

feature

Czech title

Muž z Londýna

Runtime

91

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1974

Production year

1974

Premiere

07.06.1974

Language version

Czech

Director

Hynek Bočan

Screenplay

Drahoslav Makovička

Screenstory

Lukáš Luhan

Summary

Director Hynek Bočan spent six years barred from making feature-length films after earning the displeasure of the Prague Barrandov film studios' management thanks to his political stance and the motion pictures he had put out during the 1960s. Eventually, the ban was relaxed, but naturally, given the prevailing regime, Bočan was not free to select subject matter for his films. The appearance in his filmography of crime comedy Muž z Londýna (The Man From London, 1974) is a consequence of that uncomfortable situation. The narrative relates an unsuccessful attempt at a crime made by top professional safe cracker George Reiner (Jiří Sovák) from England. Things break down because of rather specific characteristics of the modestly-sized Czech gangland. Reiner is a Czech emigrant, who, after 30 years away has forgotten how things really are in the country of his birth. The robbery of golden twenty-dollar bills from a villa in Pilsen, which is due to soon disappear under the waters of a new dam, is also complicated by the acquisitive but “innocent” Sýkora couple (Lubomír Lipský, Květa Fialová). Despite excellent casting, Bočan’s film amounts to little more than an undemanding, relaxing entertainment.

Synopsis

A British citizen by the name of George Reiner arrives at Prague airport. He was once a Czech safebreaker, and has now returned home after thirty years to steal twenty-dollar gold coins still kept in the safe at a private villa in Plzeň whose owner fled to the West. Donovano, a member of his gang, is waiting for him at the airport and hands him a false identity card, a suitcase with safe-breaking tools and a photograph of the Sýkoras – the present inhabitants of the villa, which is scheduled to disappear under the water of a new reservoir. The burglar introduces himself to Mrs Sýkora as the architect Hönig and she allows him to wander around the house. After his return to the hotel, in a moment of inattention Reiner loses his suitcase with tools to the beginner-thief Celestýn. The burglar tries in vain to borrow some tools from his former buddy Davídek. Another former safebreaker, Fifka, is more willing to help. Celestýn is caught trying to sell the loot. The police begin to search for its real owner. Davídek and Fifka secretly watch Reiner. Nobody realizes that almost all the gold coins have been spent. Sýkora has been filching them for his mistress, and his wife for her lover the jealous ice-hockey player Tratil. The last remaining dollars are now in Mrs Sýkora's small suitcase. All the interested parties end up lifting the suitcase off one another, sometime using force in the process. Donovano is caught at the border while attempting to take the suitcase out of the country. Reiner is merely expelled from the country, but in London, the local police are already waiting for the wanted safebreaker. He now doesn't have to worry about his next fifteen or so years of his life.

Cast

Jiří Sovák

kasař Josef Reiner alias ing. arch. Honig

Květa Fialová

manekýnka Magda Sýkorová

Lubomír Lipský

Sýkora, Magdin manžel

Václav Babka

bývalý kasař Fifka

Jan Libíček

frézař Václav Davídek, bývalý kasař

Jiří Krampol

hokejista Karel Tratil, milenec Sýkorové

František Němec

italský gangster Donovano

Jaroslav Moučka

kapitán VB Zeman

Jaroslav Satoranský

poručík VB Kalina

Josef Dvořák

zloděj Celestýn Aulický

Vladimír Krška

vedoucí stylové vinárny Svojtka

Daniela Kolářová

Sýkorova milenka

Jorga Kotrbová

letuška

Josef Hlinomaz

vedoucí obchodu s použitým zbožím

Vladimír Hrubý

číšník v stylové vinárně

Josef Koza

nadstrážmistr VB

Mirko Musil

nadstrážmistr VB

Ladislav Šimek

úředník evidence obyvatel

Ludmila Roubíková

prodavačka konfekce

Jiří Kostka

vrátný v hotelu

Věra Vlčková

recepční v hotelu

Eva Jiroušková

zpěvačka, Fifkova sousedka

Karel Bělohradský

strážmistr VB

Jan Jánský

podpraporčík VB

František Baťka

zedník/řidič

Miloslav Čech

příslušník Pohraniční stráže

Jiří Nepor

zedník

Milan Livora

úředník pasové kontroly

Bohumil Koška

cestující ve vlaku

Miroslav Dubský

výrostek

Květoslav Matějka

výrostek

Zdeněk Skalický

vrchní v tanečním sále

Josef Skrčený

muž z kolonie

Jaroslav Someš

pochůzkář VB

Vítězslav Sutr

družba

Ida Zázvorková

manekýnka

Eva Ziková

manekýnka

Naděžda Voráčková

manekýnka

Irena Tichá

manekýnka

Anna Pitašová

manekýnka

Jana Sedlmajerová

manekýnka

Anna Bejvlová

dudačka

Petr Drančák

dudák

Pavel Eremiáš

dudák

Josef Gorčík

dudák

Miloslav Hradecký

dudák

Vojtěch Hrubý

dudák

Jan Jankovský (2)

dudák

Josef Kreidl

dudák

Miroslava Oberfalcerová

dudačka

František Páník

dudák

Zdeněk Pilík

dudák

Josef Režný

dudák

Milan Švec

dudák

Jan Zeman

dudák

Ota Petránek

varhaník

Hana Buštíková

zpěvačka

Josef Hložek

člen skupiny Bukanýři

Zdeněk John

člen skupiny Bukanýři

Pavel Klos

člen skupiny Bukanýři

Richard Kroczek

člen skupiny Bukanýři

Vlastimil Kučaj

člen skupiny Bukanýři

Jan Matuszek

člen skupiny Bukanýři

Jiří Neuwirth

člen skupiny Bukanýři

Helmut Pokorný

člen skupiny Bukanýři

Henryk Sumera

člen skupiny Bukanýři

František Tůma

člen skupiny Bukanýři

Jiří Plachý

kaskadér

Ivan Rejmon

kaskadér

Pavel Rejmon

dubl za J. Sováka

Ludvík Wolf

dubl za J. Sováka

Miroslav Jíra

dubl za V. Hrubého

Jiří Růžička

tlustý kluk

Dubbing

Karel Houska

hlas vrátného v hotelu

Crew and creators

Director

Hynek Bočan

Second Unit Director

Jiří Růžička st.

Assistant Director

Antonín Kopřiva, Helena Pokorná

Screenstory

Lukáš Luhan

Shooting Script

Hynek Bočan

Script Editor

Věra Kalábová

Second Unit Photography

Josef Novotný

Camera Operator

Antonín Šimral

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Set Designer

Fiala Josef (2), Marcel Kříž, Eva Slívová

Costume Designer

Lída Novotná

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Production Manager

Jaroslav Prokop

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Holeček, Vlastimil Maršálek

Unit Production Manager

Václav Maršálek

Consultant

mjr. Miroslav Korda

Cooperation

Marcela Žížalová, Ivan Minář, Miloslava Kostková, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Liška

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Ó, Velvary, Láska bláznivá

Songwriter

Karel Svoboda (Láska bláznivá)

Writer of Lyrics

Ladislav Štaidl (Láska bláznivá)

Singer

skupina Bukanýři (Ó, Velvary), Karel Gott (Láska bláznivá), Jiří Krampol (Láska bláznivá)

Production info

Original Title

Muž z Londýna

English Title

The Man from London

Copyright

1974

Production Year

1974

Premiere

07.06.1974

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech