An old train guard’s house near a disused rail track is far more attractive to the kids than the boring drill and games in the nearby summer camp. It’s no wonder – idiosyncratic duo Milan and Julo have decided to spend their vacation in the old property. The pair do what they can to protect their privacy against the little invaders, but the children’s desire for some real fun finally wins them over… This 1978 children’s film directed by Radim Cvrček stars the popular Slovak comedians Milan Lasica and Julius Satinský, who also collaborated on the screenplay. It was the first of many Czech films they both starred in and helped to script (including family sci-fi Srdečný pozdrav ze zeměkoule [Cordially from Earth, 1982]). Václav Babka plays the grumpy camp manager with a passion for organised activities.
Two somewhat crazy friends Milan and Julo resolve to have a peaceful holiday in an old guard house that Julo has bought from his uncle. But in the early hours of the very first morning they are woken up by the loud sound of a trumpet. It is the severe supervisor of a nearby recreation centre forcing the children out of their beds and out to exercise drill. To protect themselves from the children, Milan and Julo put up signs saying "private property". The first to disturb their privacy is the supervisor's little granddaughter Miluška, who uses their shed as her gingerbread house. The children in the camp are disgruntled, the supervisor's programme bores them, and so they make up all sorts of other things to do. Martin called Lapka [Highwayman] is particularly good at inventing adventures, as well as at getting into trouble with the supervisor. The children pay no heed to the warning of the guardhouse owners; they find the young men's extravagant behaviour fun. Finally, they all become friends. One evening, Martin has an idea that short-circuits the supervisor's TV and the boy is expelled from the camp. The supervisor takes him to the station but Martin jumps out of the train and moves in with his grown-up friends. Back at home; his parents don't care about him anyway. The children are building a dam on the stream and the grumpy supervisor is finally getting everything organized. Martin accidentally destroys the almost finished structure, but wins over both the children and the supervisor when he does his best to get the things back in order. The summer vacation is over, and Milan and Julo mull over what to do now the children are gone. But Martin is already walking towards them along the rail tracks...
The film was dedicated to the International Year of Child.
Martin Havlíček zvaný Lapka
Miluška Vycpálková, správcova vnučka
pionýrská vedoucí Olina
Věra Dvořáková, Zuzana Mikulenková
Juraj Fándli, Arne Parduba
Marie Vrlová, Petr Sokol, Josef Havlíček
František Belfín (FISYO)
Perníková, perníková, Vítám všechny za rampami, Jedeme vlakem plným kouzel, Malý kúsok fantázie, Carára bum bum
Jiří Oulík (Perníková, perníková), Jiří Oulík (Vítám všechny za rampami), Jiří Oulík (Jedeme vlakem plným kouzel), Jiří Oulík (Malý kúsok fantázie)
Nekonečná – nevystupovat
No Terminal – Don’t Get Off!
22 June 1979
Festival: 8. festival dětských filmů České Budějovice
České Budějovice / Czechoslovakia
Festival: 19. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov
Zlín / Czechoslovakia