Gold-Hoof Petrol-Pump Attendants

crime

Typology

feature

Czech title

Pumpaři od Zlaté podkovy

Runtime

84

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1978

Premiere

12.01.1979

Language version

Czech

Director

Otakar Fuka

Screenplay

Vojtěch Měšťan, Otakar Fuka

Screenstory

Vojtěch Měšťan

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

dvojče Ivana

Alena Pohlová

dvojče Květa

Václav Lohniský

Lojza Dvořák

Karolina Slunéčková

svačinářka Bobina

Brigita Hausnerová

Dana, Karafova žena

Jan Přeučil

advokát JUDr. Malý

Gabriela Osvaldová

úřednice OPBH Eva Semerádová

Jiří Kodet

Salamandr

Jiří Lír

kapelník

Jan Kuželka

řezník Franta

Jan Schánilec

Josef Beneš alias 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

Zdena Burdová

prodavačka v parfumerii

Karel Hábl

taxikář

Henrietta Kohoutová

dívka u herního automatu

Jiří Wimmer

švédský řidič kamionu

Josef Šebek

praporčík VB

Vladimír Hrubý

vrchní číšník František

Lena Birková

úřednice

Miroslav Homola

vedoucí barman

Milan Klacek

číšník v baru

Václav Kotva

kriminalista

Růžena Lysenková

matka Stejskala

Yvona Odehnalová

Vávrova žena

Jožka Stoklasa

starý pán

Josef Střecha

recepční

Marcela Vraná

Italka

A. Boffi

Ital

A. Charousek

muž s Dacií

P. Bezpalec

hudebník

Otakar Korolus

hudebník

H. Tichá

hudebnice

J. Voda

hudebník

J. Žaba

hudebník

J. Mokrý

kaskadér

Jan Kreidl

Vávrův synek

Miroslav Kubišta

host v motorestu

Dubbing

Jana Boušková

hlas dvojčete

Eva Boušková

hlas dvojčete

Crew and creators

Director

Otakar Fuka

Second Unit Director

Miroslav Kubišta

Assistant Director

Jiří Býček, Vítězslav Kulle, Dagmar Zelenková

Shooting Script

Otakar Fuka

Script Editor

Věra Kalábová

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Set Designer

Zdeněk Jeřábek, Rudolf Kinský

Costume Designer

Irena Greifová

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

Benzina n. p., Vladimír Souček, Adriena Váchová, Erika Vojáčková, Miloslava Kostková, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří Šust

Music Performed by

FISYO, Orchestr Ladislava Štaidla

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Songs

Mám zlatej důl, Tvůj stín se má, Já jsem všech roztržitých král, Já svoji záhadnou lásku mám, I Julie ztratily by sympatie Romeů, Mít talent, co měl Paganini, Nevinná, Proč jen já, právě já, Rikatado, Pějme píseň dokola

Songwriter

Karel Svoboda (Mám zlatej důl), Ladislav Štaidl (Tvůj stín se má), Ladislav Štaidl (Já jsem všech roztržitých král), Karel Svoboda (Já svoji záhadnou lásku mám), Karel Svoboda (Mít talent, co měl Paganini), Ladislav Štaidl (Nevinná), Bob Hurikán (Rikatado)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Suchý (Mám zlatej důl), Zdeněk Rytíř (Tvůj stín se má), Zdeněk Borovec (Mít talent, co měl Paganini), Bob Hurikán (Rikatado)

Singer

Karel Gott (Mám zlatej důl), Karel Gott (Tvůj stín se má), Karel Gott (Já jsem všech roztržitých král), Karel Gott (Já svoji záhadnou lásku mám), Naďa Urbánková (I Julie ztratily by sympatie Romeů), Karel Gott (Mít talent, co měl Paganini), Karel Gott (Nevinná), Karel Gott (Proč jen já, právě já), sbor (Rikatado), sbor (Pějme píseň dokola)

Production info

Original Title

Pumpaři od Zlaté podkovy

English Title

Gold-Hoof Petrol-Pump Attendants

Working Title

Pumpaři

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1978

Premiere

12.01.1979

Creative Group

Miloš Brož

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech