One Silver Piece

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1976

Production year

1976

Premiere

17 August 1976

Runtime

100 min

Category

film

Genre

drama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Jeden stříbrný

Czech title

Jeden stříbrný

English title

One Silver Piece

Summary

In 1976, seasoned director Jaroslav Balík added a film with a biblical title, Jeden stříbrný (One Silver Piece), to the ranks of motion pictures that return to events at the close of World War II. Set in the mountains of Slovakia in the summer of 1944, the film's main characters are lumberjacks who are joined by a Czech, Martin Uher. The former Prague official is seeking to hide from the Gestapo whom he had promised to cooperate with, when under pressure. The lumberjacks have a cache of hidden weapons and when some villagers are taken into custody, Martin is suspected of being an informer. He can only clear himself of the accusations by sacrificing his own life... This somewhat notional story enjoys the camera work of Josef Vaniš who puts the attractive filming location in Slovakia to expert cinematographic use. A mixture of Czech and Slovak actors were cast. The protagonist Martin Uher is played by Emil Horváth (dubbed by Viktor Preiss). Starring as rough and rugged lumberjacks are Miroslav Moravec, Juraj Kukura and Ferdinand Krůta.

Synopsis

It is summer 1944. The war is far away from Slovak mountains for the time being. The head of forest management Borodáč brings a new employee to complete the eight woodcutters work team of Czechs, Slovaks and one Pole - the young guy is Martin Uher, a former clerk form Prague. The eight tough men do not trust the newcomer at first, but as time is passing, they got used to him. After some time, Martin gets next to Julika, a young wife of the gamekeeper Tkáč and they begin to go out secretly. The gamekeeper knows that Martin had promised to cooperate with German Gestapo, after he had experienced a hard interrogation. In avoiding to be a grass, Martin leaves Prague to hide in Slovak mountains. Tkáč wants Martin to inform on his colleagues who hide guns in the forest to ready to use them against Nazis. The village police arrests Juraj Pitoňák since he got drunk in a local pub and boasted about having a machine gun. Then Hacar, a Pole who had been avoiding German Totaleinsatz, is taken away. The fellers suspect Martin of informing on his colleagues and one of them beats him up. Foreman Borodáč finds out from Julika, that it is her husband who betrayed, being in touch with Slovak fascist guardists. They all apology to Martin and old Czepurko gives him a silver piece of money that he has been keeping for his son. Tkáč, however, threatens Martin to inform the secret police. The young man, trying to save the friends, wiles him away to the forest, promising to show him the secret hiding place of the guns. Martin kills Tkáč with a hand-grenade, dying at the same time. The group of fellers rush to take the guns and hide in the deep Slovak woods.

Cast

Anatolij Kuzněcov

Dubbing Leopold Haverl
parťák dřevorubců Laco Tatár

Emil Horváth ml.

Dubbing Viktor Preiss
dřevorubec Martin Uher, bývalý úředník

Július Vašek

dřevorubec Gábor, pytlák

Ferdinand Krůta

dřevorubec Matěj Kořínek

Miroslav Moravec

dřevorubec Forman

Jozef Čierny

dřevorubec Ondrej Czepurko

Anton Korenči

dřevorubec zvaný Učitel

Slavo Záhradník

dřevorubec Geržak

Bogdan Wiszniewski

Polák Jan Hacar, dřevorubec

Vlado Müller

hajný Štefan Tkáč

Anna Javorková

Julika, Tkáčova žena

Juraj Kukura

Juraj Pitoňák

Ladislav Chudík

inženýr Borodáč, pracovník lesní správy

Alžbeta Pietrová

krčmářka Ilonka Šoltészová

Viktor Maurer

nový správce-majitel krčmy

Anton Šulík

policista

Štefan Halás

řidič

Jaroslav Kašpar

muž v hospodě

Miloslav Homola

muž v hospodě

Andrej Piovar

houslista Šimon Sidro

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Julius Matula

Assistant Director

Petr Gajdoš

Script Supervisor

Jindřiška Novotná

Based on

Zdeněk Pluhař (Jeden stříbrný – román)

Script Editor

Josef Bouček

Director of Photography

Josef Vaniš

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Zbyněk Hloch

Assistent Production Designer

Michael Poledník

Sound Designer

Roman Hloch

Production Manager

Karel Kochman

Unit Production Manager

Petra Havlínová, Ladislav Beneš

Unit Production Manager

Pavel Mangl

Cooperation

Eliška Moulisová (klapka), Zdeněk Dukát (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Mareš

Music Performed by

Studiový orchestr (Music Conducted by Milivoj Uzelac)

Songs

Sedem jalovičiek

Singer Július VašekSlavo Záhradník

Švestková alej

Songwriter Jaroslav Mottl
Writer of Lyrics Jaroslav Mottl
Singer Miroslav MoravecFerdinand Krůta

Kým som sedel s kamarátmi

Singer Július VašekSlavo Záhradník

Czerwone jabluczko

Singer Bogdan Wiszniewski

Oči, čierne oči

Singer Július VašekSlavo Záhradník

Production info

Original Title

Jeden stříbrný

Czech Title

Jeden stříbrný

English Title

One Silver Piece

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1976

Production Year

1976

Premiere

premiere 17 August 1976 /unsuitable for youths/

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Vladimíra Kaliny, Vladimír Kalina (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

100 min

Original length in metres

2 815 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, Slovak, Polish

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Event: 49. ročník Ceny americké Akademie filmových věd a umění Oscar 1976

1977
Hollywood, Los Angeles / United States of America

Vítěz

Festival: 15. festival českých a slovenských filmů Bratislava

1977
Bratislava / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 20. mezinárodní filmový festival Karlovy Vary

1976
Karlovy Vary / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Event: Československá nominace na Cenu americké Akademie filmových věd a umění Oscar 1976

1976
Praha / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Event: Výroční ceny Československého spisovatele

1974
Praha / Czechoslovakia
Zdeněk Pluhař