A Bet on Thirteen

drama, crime

Typology

feature

Czech title

Sázka na třináctku

Runtime

86

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1977

Production year

1977

Premiere

26.05.1978

Language version

Czech

Director

Dušan Klein

Screenplay

Vladimír Körner, Dušan Klein, Karel Cop (dialogy)

Summary

This adaptation of Antonín Winter’s novel Sázka na třináctku is one of several crime features with which accomplished director Dušan Klein extended his filmography in the 1970s. Young criminal investigator Václav Charvát (portrayed by Jaroslav Satoranský) investigates a mail car robbery that has taken place near the town of Kostelec. The armed culprits have helped themselves to two million crowns before disappearing. Charvát´s superiors clearly had little option but to assign the clever young expert to do the fieldwork. Besides being involved in the police inquiries, Charvát unexpectedly grows close to Květa (Zuzana Cigánová), the married daughter of the lodging house caretaker. Thanks to the investigator’s efforts, the circle of suspects rapidly narrows – and Charvát is dutybound to expose the gang leader who has stashed away the stolen loot… Among the cast in the motion picture, released in 1977, is the skilful actor Rudolf Hrušínský. He shines in the role of Květa’s father Weiss.

Synopsis

On the road near Kostelec there is an unconscious woman lying on the road. She had an accident on her bike. A mail van transporting over two million crowns stops. Masked and equipped men step out of from a hiding place and the seemingly wounded woman has a gun, too. The driver and the escort from the van survive the robbery fortunately but the offender cannot be traced for a long time. A young criminalist Charvát from Prague is invited as help by the commander Sitenský. He finds a room in a hostel and soon he becomes close friend with the beautiful Květa, who is a daughter of the caretaker. She is a married woman who does not have a good reputation in the small city. Despite that Charvát decides to marry her, as soon as she is divorced. Sitenský suspects the post office employees from the robbery, but they have to be released from the custody due to lack of evidence. Charvát checks the facts and he finds new evidence. Květa's husband, one of the suspects is murdered. As the offenders wanted to legalize their loot they bought winning betting coupons on the black market. Another suspect is murdered - the railman Zahn. A participation in the crime from the post office staff is affirmed. The convicted office worker discloses other members of the gang too. Charvát is not satisfied with this and he also finds the person who made it up and has the loot - it is the caretaker. Květa does not know that her father wanted to get money for her in such an illegal way. It should have compensated her mucked-up life. She leaves Kostelec. For Charvát she just leaves a congratulation card for his promotion which he surely will get.

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Cast

Jaroslav Satoranský

kriminalista poručík Vašek Charvát

Rudolf Hrušínský

správce ubytovny Weisse, Květin otec

Dušan Blaškovič

náčelník VB major Jan Sitenský

Zdeněk Řehoř

kriminalista kapitán Trčka

Milan Stehlík

kriminalista nadstrážmistr Standa

Bohumil Šmída

spisovatel Vítek

Marcela Martínková

úřednice pošty Božena Čurdová,Vítkova sestra

René Přibil

hlídač Jaroslav Malásek, Květin manžel

Bronislav Poloczek

železničář Zahn

Lubomír Kostelka

Alois Krejza, Maláskův kolega

Viktor Maurer

majitel chryslera Blahoš

Karel Augusta

vrchní číšník Václav Bína

Otto Budín

vedoucí pošty

Miroslav Nohýnek

matematik Sazky Formánek

Milan Riehs

právník JUDr. Liebknecht

Karel Urbánek

policejní lékař

Jan Cmíral

náměstek ředitele Sazky

Zdeněk Kopal

příslušník VB

Jan Kotva

strážmistr VB

Marek Eben

Řivnáč

Zdeněk Hess

daktyloskop

Petr Jákl

příslušník VB

Miroslav Pešan

fotograf VB

Vladimír Pospíšil

studnař Šícha

Bohumír Procházka

studnař Vacín

Miloslav Svoboda

hostinský

Václav Syřiště

řidič poštovního vozu

Pavel Jiras

průvodce poštovního vozu

Dubbing

Jorga Kotrbová

hlas Květy

Crew and creators

Director

Dušan Klein

Second Unit Director

Helena Rohanová

Assistant Director

Jan Křížek, Jindřiška Novotná

Based on

Antonín Winter (Sázka na třináctku – román)

Shooting Script

Dušan Klein

Second Unit Photography

Pavel Dosoudil

Camera Operator

Jiří Knotek

Production Designer

Karel Lier

Set Designer

Eva Slívová, Vladimír Schejbal, Karel Vaňásek

Costume Designer

Zdena Kadrnožková

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

František Černý

Production Manager

Ludmila Tikovská

Unit Production Manager

Ctibor Novotný, František Jaderník, Augustin Valko

Unit Production Manager

Ivana Kvapilová

Consultant

kpt. Zdislav Huml, Karel Dvořák

Cooperation

Tiskový odbor Ministerstva vnitra, Miroslav Pešan, P. Dudová, Eva Horázná, Eva Lackingerová, Libuše Jahodová

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk Marat

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Můj malý zázrak, Kniha lásky, Slunce pálí

Songwriter

Zdeněk Marat (Můj malý zázrak), Zdeněk Marat (Kniha lásky), Zdeněk Marat (Slunce pálí)

Writer of Lyrics

Vladimír Poštulka (Můj malý zázrak), Zdeněk Borovec (Kniha lásky), Vladimír Poštulka (Slunce pálí)

Singer

Helena Vondráčková (Můj malý zázrak), Eva Pilarová (Kniha lásky), Eva Pilarová (Slunce pálí)

Production info

Original Title

Sázka na třináctku

English Title

A Bet on Thirteen

Copyright

1977

Production Year

1977

Premiere

26.05.1978

Creative Group

Karel Cop

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech