Murderous Doubts

drama, crime

Typology

feature

Czech title

Vražedné pochybnosti

Runtime

80

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1978

Premiere

29.06.1979

Language version

Czech

Director

Ivo Toman

Screenplay

Pavel Hajný, Miloš Makovec

Screenstory

Miloš Makovec

Summary

Most films directed by Ivo Toman were politically engaged, but in 1978 the filmmaker also added a crime drama to his filmography. Miroslav Macháček excels in the role of a mentally ill man on the lam, Milan Pešek, who has run away from his brother who’d been looking after him. He lands a job in the Na vyhlídce Hotel but is soon suspected of having murdered a schoolgirl. Pešek confesses to the killing, but his brother proves to the police that his sibling is incapable of any violence. The search for a quiet refuge is far from over for Pešek, however… Ilja Racek and Slávka Budínová play the quarrelling married couple who run the remote hotel in this psychological tale. The part of the police investigator, Captain Koloušek, went to Josef Vinklář, who in the TV series Hříšní lidé města pražského (The Sinful People of Prague, 1968) had long portrayed Inspector Bouše.

Synopsis

Milan Pešek, a shy middle-aged man, is trying to escape the care of his brother Josef. He jumps on the first departing bus, gets off at the terminus and walks towards the Belle View Hotel. The hotel is closed though and the unpleasant hotel manager called Mach refuses to let Pešek in. It is raining heavily and Pešek is returning back to town. On the way, he is sprayed all over by a car driven by Mrs Machová. She takes Pešek to the hotel to dry. Pešek immediately sees that the marriage of his hosts is not happy. The woman asks Pešek to stay. He happily accepts and starts helping Mrs Machová at the hotel. Shortly after, a ten-year-old Jana is found stabbed near the hotel. The next day, parents await their children at the bus stop. Only Jarka stays on her own, because she mistook her mum from a distance with a post woman. In the forest, the girl meets Pešek and the girl's cry sounds through the forest. The dead body of the girl is found by Machová. Pešek is arrested and he pleads guilty of the murder. Josef explains to the investigators that his brother is mentally ill, but would never hurt anyone. The detective carries out a crime reconstruction and Pešek is unable to show how he killed the girl or what he had used as the instrument of crime. After the reconstruction, the investigators order a meal at the Belle View Hotel. Machová sees her husband burning gloves. She approaches the investigators and writes on their bill that she suspects her husband Mach of the murders. The detectives do not read her note immediately. They return to the hotel just in time to save Machová's life, because her husband wanted to kill her too. Pešek is released and sets off for another journey.

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Cast

Miroslav Macháček

Milan Pešek

Ilja Racek

vedoucí hotelu Mach

Slávka Budínová

Machova žena

Josef Vinklář

kriminalista kapitán Koloušek

Karel Dellapina

Josef Pešek, Milanův bratr

Václav Neužil

prokurátor JUDr. Hatala

Adolf Filip

hajný Houžva

Miroslav Chochola

kriminalista Remeš

Karel Hábl

nadstrážmistr VB ze Sadkova

Jan Kuželka

prodavač v drogerii

Pavel Rubeš

obhájce

Robert Vrchota

vrátný na VB

Dana Vávrová

Jana Bitová

Jitka Zelenohorská

Janina matka

Karel Augusta

zahradník

Ivan Gübel

tesař

Karel Bělohradský

řidič autobusu

Lena Birková

sekretářka u Kolouška

Ladislav Brothánek

výčepní v Sadkově

Tereza Tomanová

Jarka

Ladislav Kazda

řidič stojícího autobusu

Elena Strupková

učitelka

J. Kosařová

host

Marcela Loučímová

host

M. Mikolandová

host

B. Šimůnková

host

Anna Štrosová

světlovlasá cestující

Vladimír Linka

cestující

Vladimír Navrátil

cestující

Vilemína Nejedlová-Skokanová

cestující

Josef Střecha

cestující

H. Matějková

žena na kole

P. Dutý

příslušník VB

Dubbing

Jitka Zelenohorská

hlas učitelky

Crew and creators

Director

Ivo Toman

Second Unit Director

Lubomír Břinčil

Assistant Director

Josef Loučím, Magdalena Davidová

Screenstory

Miloš Makovec

Shooting Script

Ivo Toman

Script Editor

Karel Cop

Second Unit Photography

Kamil Kadeřábek

Camera Operator

Michal Hvozdák

Production Designer

Jaroslav Krška

Set Designer

Rudolf Beneš, Josef Calta, Petr Matouš

Costume Designer

Jan Bulka

Film Editor

Miroslav Hájek

Production Manager

Jiří Pokorný

Unit Production Manager

Vlasta Synkulová, Jan Milič

Unit Production Manager

Jan Kočí

Consultant

plk. Jan Kovář, František Kraus, JUDr. Čeněk Klapal

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Hapka

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Vražedné pochybnosti

English Title

Murderous Doubts

Working Title

Doznáním případ nekončí

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1978

Premiere

29.06.1979

Creative Group

Drahoslav Makovička

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech