Gold-Hoof Petrol-Pump Attendants

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1977—1978

Premiere

12 January 1979

Runtime

85 min

Director

Otakar Fuka

Category

film

Genre

crime

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Pumpaři od Zlaté podkovy

Czech title

Pumpaři od Zlaté podkovy

English title

Gold-Hoof Petrol-Pump Attendants

Working title

Pumpaři

Summary

A detective’s infiltration into an established gang of thieves is typically one of the most appealing plots offered by a crime thriller. In the hands of screenwriter Vojtěch Měšťan, known for Kdo hledá zlaté dno (Who Looks for Gold?, 1974), such scenarios became the foundation for the films of Otakar Fuka during the “normalisation” era. The motion pictures amount to stories that are critical of the theft of socialist property. In Pumpaři od Zlaté podkovy (Gold-Hoof Petrol-Pump Attendants), crime fighter Zdeněk Černý, played by the manly Jiří Bartoška, goes undercover to work at a petrol station where the employees are aggressively supplementing their base salaries. The trio of dishonest workers is also illegally exchanging foreign currencies. The colleagues gradually let the new guy in on their scams, while Bartoška gains an informant in the shape of a waitress at the nearby café for motorists – Bobina (Karolina Slunéčková). The bad guys in the film, which provides an interesting look at the contemporary period, are played by Josef Vinklář, Jiří Krampol and Miroslav Moravec.

Synopsis

A well organized group works at a petrol-pump: the chief Vávra, Engineer Stejskal and Karafa. Work is done quickly and the profit in their own pockets grows as well. The fourth employer, the old Dvořák, does not want to have anything with these "fiddles", therefore he decides to change employment. To this situation comes the young man Černý. Vávra hesitatingly explains him the way how to increase the basic salary. Černý learns quickly, grasps the system of sharing ill-gotten profit and asserts his right of the equal share. He also gets acquainted with the waitress Bobina of the near-by motorway restaurant who provides him with more information. The group regards Černý as a dangerous person and therefore they want him to leave. Karafa pulls out oil from the mix prepared by Černý and after fuelling several customers without oil the motor is seized. Černý is sacked. Before that, however, he overheard part of a conversation of the excellent trefoil about machinations. At the same time he disclosed the machinations of the group with Western currency. But there starts intensively acting the police, the officer of which is Černý. Bobina conceals for the group the suitcase with money but Černý finds it at her. After the automobile hunt the whole group is arrested. Černý reports to his superior fulfilling the task. Karafa's wife takes a holiday abroad with her solicitor who will arrange for her divorce with Karafa. She has means enough for Karafa deposited all his money at his wife's name.

Note

The film is based on a true story.

Film online

Cast

Josef Vinklář

vedoucí pumpy Vávra zvaný Míša

Jiří Bartoška

kriminalista podporučík Zdeněk Černý

Miroslav Moravec

pumpař ing. Jiří Stejskal

Jiří Krampol

pumpař Mojmír Karafa

Jaroslava Pohlová

Dubbing Jana Boušková
dvojče Ivana

Alena Pohlová

Dubbing Eva Boušková
dvojče Květa

Václav Lohniský

pumpař Lojza Dvořák

Karolina Slunéčková

svačinářka Bobina

Brigita Hausnerová

Dubbing Alena Procházková
Dana, Karafova žena

Jan Přeučil

advokát JUDr. Malý

Gabriela Osvaldová

úřednice OPBH Eva Semerádová

Jiří Kodet

překupník Salamandr

Jiří Lír

kapelník

Jan Kuželka

řezník Franta

Jan Schánilec

řidič Josef Beneš alias Josef Klimáček, Vávrův bratranec

Jiří Pleskot

prodavač fotoaparátů Černý, Zdeňkův otec

Adolf Filip

náměstek ředitele Benziny

Jiří Bruder

řidič autobagru Venca

Viktor Maurer

pojišťovací agent

Antonín Hardt

vedoucí tuzexové prodejny aut

Hana Packertová

reportérka Zuzanka

Karel Bělohradský

řidič nákladního auta Kamil

Zdena Burdová

prodavačka v parfumerii

Karel Hábl

taxikář

Henrietta Kohoutová

namalovaná dívka u herního automatu

Jiří Wimmer

švédský řidič kamionu

Josef Šebek

praporčík VB

Vladimír Hrubý

František, vrchní číšník v kavárně

Lena Birková

starší úřednice OPBH

Miloslav Homola

vedoucí barman

Milan Klacek

číšník v baru

Václav Kotva

kriminalista

Růžena Lysenková

matka Stejskala

Yvona Odehnalová

Vávrova žena

Jožka Stoklasa

starší pán

Josef Střecha

recepční

Antonio Boffi

Ital

ing. A. Charousek

muž s Dacií

Jan Kreidl

Vávrův synek

Miroslav Kubišta

host v motorestu

Petr Bezpalec

hudebník

Otakar Korolus

hudebník

Jurij Voda

hudebník

Josef Žaba

hudebník

Hana Tichá

hudebnice

D. Brousil

J. Kašpárek

Crew and creators

Director

Otakar Fuka

Second Unit Director

Miroslav Kubišta

Assistant Director

Jiří Býček, Vítězslav Kulle

Shooting Script

Otakar Fuka

Director of Photography

Josef Hanuš

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Assistent Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Set Designer

Zdeněk Jeřábek, Rudolf Kinský, Josef Müller

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

Costumes

Zdena Šnajdarová (vedoucí kostymérka), A. Pavlíková

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Ladislav Hausdorf

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Jana Koubová, Ladislav Beneš

Unit Production Manager

Dagmar Jonášová

Consultant

pplk. Jiří Čermák

Cooperation

Adriena Váchová (klapka), Zdeněk Bittner (vrchní osvětlovač), Vladimír Souček (fotograf), Benzina n. p., Z. Anýž

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by František Belfín), Orchestr Ladislava Štaidla

Songs

Mám zlatej důl

Songwriter Karel Svoboda
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Suchý
Singer Karel Gott

Tvůj stín se má

Songwriter Ladislav Štaidl
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Rytíř
Singer Karel Gott

Já jsem všech roztržitých král

Songwriter Ladislav Štaidl
Singer Karel Gott

Já svoji záhadnou lásku mám

Songwriter Karel Svoboda
Singer Karel Gott

I Julie ztratily by sympatie Romeů

Singer Naďa Urbánková

Mít talent, co měl Paganini

Songwriter Karel Svoboda
Writer of Lyrics Zdeněk Borovec
Singer Karel Gott

Nevinná

Songwriter Ladislav Štaidl
Singer Karel Gott

Proč jen já, právě já

Singer Karel Gott

Rikatado

Songwriter Bob Hurikán
Writer of Lyrics Bob Hurikán
Singer sbor

Pějme píseň dokola

Singer sbor

Lolita

Production info

Original Title

Pumpaři od Zlaté podkovy

Czech Title

Pumpaři od Zlaté podkovy

English Title

Gold-Hoof Petrol-Pump Attendants

Working Title

Pumpaři

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

crime

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1977—1978

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 30 March 1977
start of filming 7 November 1977
technical Screenplay approved 6 December 1977
end of filming 30 June 1978
projection approval 30 June 1978

Premiere

premiere 12 January 1979 /suitable for youths/

Creative Group

Dramaturgická skupina Miloše Brože, Miloš Brož (vedoucí dramaturgické skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

85 min

Original length in metres

2 413 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,66

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech