The Hic Team

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Parta hic

Runtime

92

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1976

Production year

1976

Premiere

29.07.1977

Language version

Czech

Director

Hynek Bočan

Screenplay

Václav Jelínek, Pavel Torda

Screenstory

Václav Jelínek

Summary

The benefits of drinking milk as a natural way of staving off silicosis (or the “dust disease” or “grinder's asthma”), an occupational disease that affects miners, is promoted in this 1976 comedy. Unpretentiously shot, the film recounts a battle between pit mine bosses and a group of miners with a bad reputation. The lazy drifters, whose motto betrays their poor attitude to work, are in the end forced to drink milk as part of a test group. Over time, the health, morale and job performance over these miners improves... The film, nowadays of interest particularly thanks to its bizarre theme, was directed by Hynek Bočan. Due to his politics, Bočan had not been allowed to work at Prague's Barrandov film studios for several years. The studio let him take the helm of a film production for the first time with Parta hic (The Hic Team). The cast features many well-known actors, including Josef Kemr and Vladimír Menšík.

Synopsis

Engineer Laciga is going away on a two-month work trip to Poland. His fiancée Alice is moving to Ostrava, where she has taken a job as a works doctor at a mine just to be with him. The news that the wedding will be delayed infuriates her, especially when Laciga leaves two minutes after her arrival. The energetic young woman moves into the hostel for single people and in revenge she deliberately blocks the bathroom for dozens of her fellow residents, all men. The chairman of the Factory Committee of the Revolutionary Trade Union Janeček and the mine director Kodet want to steer the otherwise very able doctor away from revenge and set her an important task. Alice is to test out the effects of regular drinking of milk as a calcium barrier against silicosis on a sample of miners. Although many miners drink milk, they do it secretly, because it is considered a sign of weakness. For the research, Janeček chooses the least successful group known as the Hic Team - Skivers' Dream. He tries to persuade them individually, and for their wives he organizes a concert by a famous singer who praises milk. Under a new foreman called Krasin the team improves greatly at work, but they refuse milk. Only when they need a social guarantee for their popular colleague Kubík, who they hear is being sought by the police, do they agree to the experiment. Afterwards Janeček tells them that the reason the police are looking for Kubík is that he has saved the lives of two children. The director sends Alice on a six-month work trip to Poland, but Laciga is just coming home. So the betrothed pair once again just miss each other at the station.

Note

Until 1974, the director Hynek Bočan was not allowed to work at Barrandov even as an assistant director for political reasons. This film was the first he was offered to direct.

Film online

Cast

Václav Babka

předseda ROH Rudla Janeček

Vladimír Menšík

předák horníků Ota Chochola zvaný Krasin

Jan Skopeček

horník Mašín zvaný Čistědonaha

Josef Kemr

horník Hnízdo zvaný Primář

Josef Dvořák

horník Jan Kubík

Ivan Vyskočil

horník Václav Justa

Petr Nárožný

horník a amatérský kouzelník Kynka

Jiří Krampol

horník Franta Fousek

Regina Rázlová

MUDr. Alice Váňová, závodní lékařka

Karel Gott

zpěvák

Jaroslav Moučka

ředitel dolu ing. Kodet

Jaroslav Satoranský

brigádník MUDr. Kaleš

Adolf Filip

předák Srdínko

Ladislav Trojan

ing. Mirek Laciga, Alicin snoubenec

Míla Myslíková

Oli, Hnízdova žárlivá manželka

Karolina Slunéčková

Chocholova žena

Jana Plichtová

mlékařka Kamila, Justova nevěsta

Dagmar Veškrnová

Kynkalova žena

Simona Stašová

Marie, Fouskova manželka

Miriam Kantorková

Mašínova žena

Milan Šulc

předák Kopřiva

Karel Engel

předák Emil

Jana Břežková

zdravotní sestra Jaruška

Jitka Zelenohorská

sekretářka ředitele Jiřina

Viktor Maurer

konferenciér

Milan Neděla

soused železničář

Karel Augusta

předák Vokoun

Jiří Lír

vrchní číšník

Stanislav Fišer

předák Davídek

Otto Lackovič

předák Brabec

Zdeněk Srstka

předák Huml

Jan Schánilec

předák Lojza Panenka

Mirko Musil

strážmistr VB

Zdeněk Braunschläger

mluvící civil

Vít Pešina

nemluvící civil

Antonín Cajthaml

vrchní číšník

Leoš Jirsák

on sám, major Jirsák z Federální kriminální ústředny

Roman Mecnarowski

polský ředitel Walusziak

Josef Střecha

vrátný

Ladislav Šimon

horník Šimon

Rudolf Lacko

horník Lacko

Petr Daníček

horník Daníček

Zdeněk Matýska

horník Matýska

Stanislava Vrabcová

servírka

Vladimír Bromský

hudebník

Luděk Cvekl

hudebník

Antonín Dráb

hudebník

Vítězslav Hajda

hudebník

Otakar Jonák

hudebník

Antonín Kaluš

hudebník

František Kajgr

hudebník

Zdeněk Mraček

hudebník

Petr Ptáček

hudebník

Jaroslav Vojkovič

hudebník

Karel Macourek

kapitán VB

Crew and creators

Director

Hynek Bočan

Second Unit Director

Věra Pištěková

Assistant Director

Jiří Ostrý

Screenstory

Václav Jelínek

Shooting Script

Hynek Bočan

Script Editor

Josef Šilhavý

Second Unit Photography

Michal Kulič

Camera Operator

Vladimír Murat

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Set Designer

Karel Kočí, Karel Krejčí

Costume Designer

Lída Novotná

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Oldřich Tichý

Production Manager

Jiří Beránek

Unit Production Manager

Vlasta Synkulová, Alena Losová

Unit Production Manager

Tomáš Baloun

Cooperation

Alexandra Tompichová, Jiří Kučera, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Composed by

Ladislav Štaidl

Music Conducted by

Ladislav Štaidl (Orchestr Ladislava Štaidla)

Songs

Vůně mléka

Songwriter

Ladislav Štaidl (Vůně mléka)

Writer of Lyrics

Zdeněk Dufek (Vůně mléka)

Singer

Karel Gott (Vůně mléka), mužský sbor (Vůně mléka)

Production info

Original Title

Parta hic

English Title

The Hic Team

Copyright

1976

Production Year

1976

Premiere

29.07.1977

Creative Group

Miroslav Hladký

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech