I’ll Get Up and Scald Myself with Tea Tomorrow

comedy, sci-fi

Typology

feature

Czech title

Zítra vstanu a opařím se čajem

Runtime

90

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1977

Production year

1977

Premiere

12.08.1977

Language version

Czech

Director

Jindřich Polák

Screenplay

Miloš Macourek, Jindřich Polák

Screenstory

Josef Nesvadba

Summary

Science fiction works written by Josef Nesvadba have been the driving force behind the creation of numerous Czech films. What's more, the author would often get involved in the screenwriting for a movie. Howevr, unlike Tarzanova smrt (Tarzan’s Death, 1962), Blbec z Xeenemünde (The Idiot from Xeenemünde, 1962) and Ztracená tvář (The Lost Face, 1965), Zítra vstanu a opařím se čajem (I’ll Get Up and Scald Myself with Tea Tomorrow, 1977) differs in that its screenplay was written by Jindřich Polák and Miloš Macourek, based on Nesvadba’s short story. The plot takes place in a future where travelling back and forth in time is a commonplace tourist entertainment. However, a trio of Nazi sympathisers decide to travel back to 1944 in order to change the course of history by helping Hitler win the war with the use of a stolen thermonuclear bomb. In an unexpected twist, the time machine operator Karel Bureš chokes on his breakfast roll and is replaced by his virtuous twin brother Jan, a man who is ignorant of the purpose of the mission and not entirely in favour of the journey. Other passengers include an American married couple and flight attendant Helena. Although the mission fails, Jan must return to the past twice again to put a definitive end to the Nazi trio’s plans. As the story unfolds through a number of time paradoxes and mistaken identities, doubles of various characters appear… The cleverly built narrative uses a playful, comic plot to present an ambitious warning to audiences, something typical of Nesvadba’s writing. Zítra vstanu a opařím se čajem is above all a successful combination of Macourek’s screenwriting inventiveness and Polák’s lightness of directing. Cameraman Jan Kališ, who had previously collaborated with Polák in the making of the comedy Klaun Ferdinand a raketa (Clown Ferdinand and the Rocket, 1962) and the legendary science fiction film Ikarie XB 1 (Voyage to the End of the Universe, 1963), effectively tackles the need to evoke different time frames as well as the special effects side of the feature. The success of this story of parallel histories also stems in no small part from its cast. The lead dual role was delivered by Petr Kostka while popular performers of “good” characters – Vlastimil Brodský, Jiří Sovák and Vladimír Menšík – appear here as the three Nazis. Otto Šimánek, well-known as Pan Tau (Tau) in Polák’s eponymous television series, plays one of the American tourists.

Synopsis

Universum, a travel agency of Prague, organizes adventurous journey to the past. Three Nazis, named Abard, Bauer and Kraus want to make use of it and give to Hitler a hydrogen bomb they had stolen in a museum. At the end of 1944 the bomb should help the Third Reich win the War. A corrupted pilot Karel Bureš promises to take them to the past. The Nazis are in a very good health state, due to the anti-ageing pills. However, their plan comes to nothing. On 1 June, the day of their flight, Karel gets suffocated by a roll and his twin brother, a designer Jan, who is completely different character then Karel, gets scalded by hot tea. In fear to tell the truth to Karel's girlfriend Eva, Jan pretends to be Karel. He takes the flight for Karel in a rocket, where an elderly American couple travels together with the three Nazis. A surprised stewardess Helena watches Karel's strange behaviour - a former womanizer turned into a nice and polite gentleman. Despite Jan's resistance, the Nazis push through to the cockpit and Bauer lands in the war-time Germany. All are arrested. Hitler rejects the Nazis assistance - by a mistake they unfortunately landed three years earlier: it is December 8th 1941, the period of successful German war expeditions and Japanese alliance. Only Kraus, Bauer and Bureš succeed in running away from execution. They return to the period shortly before the takeoff. All the travellers are alive and the three back-comers have their doubles. Jan travels to the past two more times before he succeeds in depriving the world from Nazis. In his double life he becomes Karel, Eva's husband -to-be and also Jan, a happily in love with the pretty stewardess Helena.

Note

The song in the scene of Hitler watching the documentaries of the fall of the Third Reich was composed for German movie Tango Notturno (1937, director Fritz Kirchhoff).

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Cast

Petr Kostka

konstruktér Jan Bureš/pilot Karel Bureš, Janovo dvojče

Jiří Sovák

nacista Klaus Abard/sturmbannführer Klaus Abard v mladých letech

Vladimír Menšík

nacista Rolf Kraus

Vlastimil Brodský

nacista ing. Bauer

Marie Rosůlková

americká turistka Shirley Whiteová

Otto Šimánek

americký turista Patrick, manžel Whiteové

Valerie Chmelová

letuška Helena Máchová

Slávka Budínová

Kroupova žena

Zuzana Ondrouchová

Eva, dcera Kroupových, Karlova dívka

Josef Bláha

Rousek, Karlův nadřízený

František Peterka

šéfpilot Robert Nol

Marie Drahokoupilová

Markéta, Nolova žena

František Vicena

Adolf Hitler

Horst Giese

Joseph Goebbels

Jan Sedliský

Heinrich Himmler

Jiří Hanák (2)

říšský maršál Hermann Göring

Ota Sklenčka

MUDr. Kryl

Jan Pohan

příslušník SS Schmidt

Karel Hábl

příslušník SS Steiberger

Miloš Vavruška

důstojník SS

Pavel Spálený

nacista Streich

Zdeněk Hodr

nacista Fritz Klein

Gustav Opočenský

nacista Schönfeld

Svatopluk Beneš

nacista Joachim Braun

Petr Nárožný

řidič nákladního auta

Viktor Maurer

komplic v Universu

Jan Přeučil

lékař SS

Ladislav Šimek

lékař pohotovosti

Štěpán Bulejko

admirál Wolf

Elena Strupková

květinářka

Jitka Zelenohorská

dívka u přepážky Universa

Vladimír Hrabánek

pracovník půjčovny automobilů

Jana Pehrová

sekretářka půjčovny automobilů

Miroslav Moravec

operátor Universa

Jiří Lábus

mechanik v Universu

Jana Hermachová

stenografka

Vladimír Kratina

artista Petr Kroupa, Evin bratr

Vlasta Kleinová

stará dáma s holí

Jan Kotva

příslušník VB

Zdeněk Mlčoch

příslušník VB

Josef Šebek

příslušník VB

Bedřich Šetena

příslušník VB

Jiří Lír

zaměstnanec u baru

Vladimír Pospíšil

říšský ministr Martin Bormann

Žofie Veselá

barmanka

Jana Smrčková

nacistka

Jiří Žák

německý důstojník

Zdeněk Vondráček

zaměstnanec u rampy

Milan Pěkný

zaměstnanec Universa

Bert Schneider

zaměstnanec Universa

Zdeněk Jelínek

gestapák

Petr Burian

důstojník

Eduard Pavlíček

důstojník

Milada Karasová (2)

hosteska

Eva Kůsová

hosteska

Pavla Novotná

hosteska

Jana Křížová

dáma se psem

Michal Mácha

Hitlerův pobočník

Luděk Nešleha

svobodník

Miloš Vávra

poručík SS, hlídka u vjezdu

Petr Drozda

kaskadér

Karel Engel

kaskadér

Jaroslav Klenot

kaskadér

Ladislav Lahoda

kaskadér

Jindřich Sejk

kaskadér

Oldřich Semerák

kaskadér

Jaroslav Tomsa

kaskadér

Karel Vítek

kaskadér

Jaroslav Hrozný

dubl za J. Sováka

Zdeněk Vlček

dubl za P. Kostku

Milan Vokřínek

dubl za P. Kostku

Dubbing

Jiří Schmitzer

hlas sturmbannführera Klause Abarda v mladých letech

Jiří Hálek

hlas Goebbelse

Soběslav Sejk

hlas Streicha

Roman Skamene

hlas příslušníka VB

Nelly Gaierová

hlas dámy se psem

Jindřich Narenta

hlas z rozhlasu

Julie Jurištová

hlas jedné z hostesek

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zdena Pavlátová, Lada Vacková

Assistant Director

Pavla Marková, Jana Vohryzková

Screenstory

Josef Nesvadba

Script Editor

Libuše Váňová

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Holan

Camera Operator

Jan Hanzal

Production Designer

Milan Nejedlý

Set Designer

Vladimír Mácha, Rudolf Příhoda, Vladimír Slepička

Costume Designer

Theodor Pištěk ml.

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Adolf Böhm

Production Manager

Jan Šuster

Unit Production Manager

Jan Vild, Rudolf Mos

Unit Production Manager

Miloslav Doležal

Consultant

RNDr. Jiří Mrázek, CSc., Zbyšek Svoboda

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Svoboda

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Ich hab'an Dich gedacht /Tango Notturno/

Songwriter

Hans-Otto Borgmann (Ich hab'an Dich gedacht /Tango Notturno/), Hans Fritz Beckmann (Ich hab'an Dich gedacht /Tango Notturno/)

Writer of Lyrics

Hans Fritz Beckmann (Ich hab'an Dich gedacht /Tango Notturno/)

Singer

Pola Negri (Ich hab'an Dich gedacht /Tango Notturno/)

Production info

Original Title

Zítra vstanu a opařím se čajem

English Title

I’ll Get Up and Scald Myself with Tea Tomorrow

Copyright

1977

Production Year

1977

Premiere

12.08.1977

Creative Group

Miroslav Hladký

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 12. mezinárodní festival fantastických filmů a hororů Sitges

1979
Sitges / Spain
Jindřich Polák