My Brother Has a Marvellous Brother

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Můj brácha má prima bráchu

Runtime

94

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1975

Production year

1975

Premiere

08.08.1975

Language version

Czech

Director

Stanislav Strnad

Screenplay

František Vlček st., V. P. Borovička

Summary

This 1975 comedy centred on two brothers introduces us to the likeable pubescent Martin Pavelka, also known as Prcek (“Tiny Tot”). Martin looks up to his big brother Honza, the winner of the junior flat track motorcycle racing contest. Honza has, however, split up with his girlfriend Zuzana and Tiny Tot is bent on reuniting the young couple. He resorts to all manner of means and methods to get the couple into the town hall and before the wedding registrar… The main character in this comedy directed by Stanislav Strnad is played by Roman Čada, who between 1973 and 1983 performed in a wide variety of roles and Czech films. Jan Hrušinský was allotted the part of Honza while Zuzana is played by Libuše Šafránková. Three years after its release, a loosely connected sequel to this light entertainment hit the cinemas, namely Brácha za všechny peníze (What a Brother I Have). Once again the director was Strnad.

Synopsis

Honza Pavelka wins the junior motorbike speed races. His thirteen-year-old brother Martin, his assistant and biggest fan, answers the questions of his schoolfriend Pavlína in a superior tone. Student Zuzana, who gave her scarf to Honza to wear around his neck for the races as a talisman is Honza's girlfriend. He met her when he came to her parent's home to repair the TV set. Honza declines an invitation to celebration with his friends. He goes off with Zuzana instead, but she refuses his intimate advances. The offended young man, who is about to serve his two years in the army, tries to blackmail her emotionally and the couple breaks up. Martin tries various schemes to bring them together again. The young people don't meet up at the cinema where he has bought them tickets, but what finally works is a false order for TV repair. Zuzana's parents are away from home and the couple spends the night together. Honza joins the army, but Zuzana doesn't write to him at all. The younger brother intervenes again. He discovers that the girl is unhappy and angry, because she doesn't know what to do about her unplanned pregnancy. Martin hitchhikes – even getting a lift from a minister – to the army barracks. Honza wants to get married immediately after the allegiance ceremony. Martin courageously introduces the two sets of parents and the wedding can go ahead. But the younger brother misses the ceremony. He is away sorting out another possible problem – far-sightedly obtaining permission at the garrison HQ for the groom to wear civilian dress.

Cast

Libuše Šafránková

studentka Zuzana Vránová

Jan Hrušínský

opravář Honza Pavelka

Roman Čada

Martin, Honzův bratr zvaný Prcek

Ivana Maříková

Pavlínka, Martinova kamarádka

Slávka Budínová

prodavačka Pavelková, matka

Josef Bláha

řidič autobusu Josef Pavelka, otec

Blažena Holišová

Vránová, Zuzanina matka

Vladimír Menšík

ekonomický náměstek Vrána, Zuzanin otec

Zdeněk Řehoř

MUDr. Navrátil

Otakar Brousek

plukovník na posádkovém velitelství

Bedřich Prokoš

ředitel školy

Jiří Lír

ceremoniář na radnici

Miroslav Homola

pořadatel na plese

Ludmila Roubíková

účetní Růžičková

Jana Švandová

telefonistka v servisu

Josefa Pechlátová

stará žena

Zdeněk Šavrda

biletář v kině

Vítězslav Černý

tlustý divák

Jiří Kodet

herec ve foršpanu

Jarmila Orlová

herečka ve foršpanu

Petr Skarke

poručík v Praze

Jiřina Bílá

listonoška

Karel Bělohradský

ministrův řidič

Jan Kuželka

tlustý tanečník

Václav Bahník

Honzův kamarád

Michael Tarant

Honzův kamarád

Rudolf Kalina

číšník

Yvetta Kornová

spolužačka Martina

Jana Matiášková

spolužačka Martina

Jiří Prager

brýlatý tanečník

Karel Sekera

školník

Karel Smyczek

desátník

Jan Hartl

tanečník

Josef Havlín

hudebník

Vladimír Hora

hudebník

Karel Kos

hudebník

Max Kulhavý

hudebník

Ivo Moravus

hudebník

Jiří Stárek

hudebník

Jiří Kvasnička

služba v kasárnách

Olga Navrátilová

svatebčanka

Slávka Hamouzová

svatebčanka

Dagmar Patrasová

dívka v kině

Zdeněk Deyl

mladý muž

Vlastimila Vlková

květinářka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Elmar Kloss

Assistant Director

Antonín Kopřiva, Jana Goetzová

Based on

Karel Bečka (Hra na muže – kniha povídek)

Shooting Script

Stanislav Strnad

Script Editor

Pavel Hajný

Second Unit Photography

Ivan Wurm

Camera Operator

Bohumír Schwarzer

Production Designer

Oldřich Okáč

Set Designer

Jiří Cvrček, J. Kotýza, Bohumil Kadlec

Costume Designer

Šárka Hejnová

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Sound Designer

František Černý

Production Manager

Jaroslav Solnička

Unit Production Manager

František Jaderník, Milan Štěch

Unit Production Manager

Lucie Hertlová

Cooperation

A. Černá, Miloš Schmiedberger (2), Eva Vávrová, Ruth Čálková, Václav Hlávka

Music

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Mít tě rád, Nebe jako cín

Songwriter

Jiří Malásek (Mít tě rád), Jiří Bažant (Mít tě rád), Jiří Malásek (Nebe jako cín), Jiří Bažant (Nebe jako cín)

Writer of Lyrics

Ivo Fischer (Mít tě rád), Ivo Fischer (Nebe jako cín)

Singer

Josef Laufer (Mít tě rád), Josef Laufer (Nebe jako cín)

Production info

Original Title

Můj brácha má prima bráchu

English Title

My Brother Has a Marvellous Brother

Copyright

1975

Production Year

1975

Premiere

08.08.1975

Creative Group

Vladimír Kalina

Technical info

Format

DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 14. festival českých a slovenských filmů Brno

1976
Brno / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Event: Literární soutěž k 30. výročí osvobození Československa Sovětskou armádou

1975
Praha / Czechoslovakia
František Vlček st.

Vítěz

Festival: 13. filmový festival mladých Trutnov

1975
Trutnov / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Event: Literární soutěž k 30. výročí osvobození Československa Sovětskou armádou

1975
Praha / Czechoslovakia
V. P. Borovička

Vítěz

Festival: 9. mezinárodní filmový festival Moskva

1975
Moskva / Russia

Vítěz

Festival: 13. filmový festival mladých Trutnov

1975
Trutnov / Czechoslovakia
Roman Čada

Vítěz

Festival: 13. filmový festival mladých Trutnov

1975
Trutnov / Czechoslovakia
Libuše Šafránková