The Duck Trap

drama, crime

Typology

feature

Czech title

Past na kachnu

Runtime

82

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1978

Premiere

29.12.1978

Language version

Czech

Director

Karel Kovář

Screenplay

Pavel Hanuš, Karel Kovář

Screenstory

Pavel Hanuš

Summary

Cameraman František Uldrich put across his refined visual sense for atmosphere during his collaboration with František Vláčil. However, he also influenced the form of a series of genre films. Among them is this 1978 crime drama directed by Karel Kovář. Uldrich also worked with this director, who made only two feature films, on the comedy Tím pádem (That’s Why, 1979). In Past na kachnu (The Duck Trap), a police investigation following the murder of an Austrian tourist takes place in the dreary, cheerless time of “normalisation” in Prague. Milan Sandhaus performs the role of Major Mlynář, who is investigating the case, a nasty affair revolving around gambling clubs and heroin smuggling. The actor playing the part of the shuffling taxi driver Koukal, who ceases to be of use to his accomplice, is Miroslav Macháček (who excels). The solid cast is further strengthened by Petr Čepek in the role of the pump man Richter.

Synopsis

Taxi driver Koukal is stopped by the police for a routine traffic check. In the boot of his car the police find the body of a naked man. Koukal is arrested even though he claims he knows nothing about it. The case is assigned to Major Mlynář. The police identify the corpse as that of an Austrian citizen called Mitrik. Koukal has been regularly driving people interested in gambling to a secret gaming den. The police are put onto the gambling den by another taxi driver, Kvěch, who admits that he drove Mitrik there. Mlynář and officer cadet Pecka feign interest in gambling and visit the gaming den incognito. After he is released from custody Koukal is murdered. Kvěch, the taxi driver Písecký and the waitress Záveská all find themselves on the suspect list. At the same time the Turk Oglu is arrrested on the frontier for smuggling heroin. The police find that he had a connection with Mitrik. Richter, who runs the gaming den, confesses that he found the Mitrik's corpse close to the gaming den and stuffed it into Kouka's boot for fear of a scandal. The police deduce that the murderer must speak German and that he knew Oglu. Oglu arranges a rendezvous with the murderer but it is Major Mlynář, who goes to the meeting. After an exciting chase the double murderer is caught. It is Kvěch. He killed Mitrik for money and drugs, and Koukal out of fear that his avaricious colleague would betray him.

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Cast

Milan Sandhaus

kriminalista major Mlynář

Jiří Kodet

kriminalista poručík Muclinger

Ivan Vyskočil

kriminalista praporčík Pecka

Miroslav Macháček

taxikář Karel Koukal zvaný Hary

Jana Andresíková

servírka Renáta Záveská

František Němec

policejní lékař MUDr. Mlynář, majorův syn

Petr Čepek

pumpař Ladan Richter

Bronislav Poloczek

zelinář Ivo Richter

Jiří Němeček

vrchní Jonáš

Jiří Zahajský

taxikář František Kvěch

Jan Teplý

taxikář Jaroslav Písecký

Jaroslav Kohák

karbaník Tóny Větvička

Karel Hovorka

číšník

Josef Šebek

kriminalista Štádler

Antonín Brtoun

ing. Kulich

Martha Elefteriadu

zpěvačka ve studiu

Jiřina Krejčíková

sekretářka Jiřina Motejlová

Jiří D. Novotný

televizní produkční

Jiří Adamec

televizní režisér

Milada Ježková

výčepní Richterová

Jaroslav Mareš

karbaník

V. Krasser

karbaník

Jaroslav Tomsa

karbaník/příslušník VB/kaskadér

Miloslav Homola

Weinsturf, zákazník Záveské

Bohumil Koška

vedoucí restaurace U labutí

Petr Kopřiva

barman v denním baru

Josef Brozman

Hůzl

Jan Cmíral

německý zákazník

Jan Řeřicha

mechanik Josef

Miroslav Sedlák

Turek Mohmadir Oglu

Josef Střecha

starší muž

Alois Vachek

muž se psem

Bohumil Vávra

starší vrchní

Karel Engel

příslušník VB v civilu/kaskadér

Josef Hrubý

příslušník VB v civilu/kaskadér

Miroslav Jíra

příslušník VB v civilu/kaskadér

Jaroslav Klenot

příslušník VB v civilu/kaskadér

Jiří Klenot

příslušník VB v civilu/kaskadér

Zbyněk Krákora

příslušník VB v civilu/kaskadér

Jindřich Sejk

příslušník VB v civilu/kaskadér

Oldřich Semerák

příslušník VB v civilu/kaskadér

Karel Vítek

příslušník VB v civilu/kaskadér

František Jákl

příslušník VB

Petr Jákl

příslušník VB

Dubbing

Lubor Tokoš

hlas karbaníka

Jindřich Narenta

hlas německého zákazníka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Miloš Kohout

Assistant Director

Josef Loučím, Olga Hrčková

Screenstory

Pavel Hanuš

Shooting Script

Karel Kovář

Script Editor

Josef Bouček

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Smutný

Camera Operator

Jiří Pechar

Production Designer

Zbyněk Hloch

Set Designer

Ivo Černý, Miloš Osvald, Miroslav Matuška, Jiří Rulík

Costume Designer

Věra Faberová

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

František Fabián

Production Manager

Jiří Krejčí

Unit Production Manager

Pražský Přemysl (výroba), Věra Winkelhöferová

Unit Production Manager

Ladislav Hanousek

Consultant

mjr. Miloslav Misauer

Cooperation

Nevjana Raduilská, Jan Kuděla, Eva Horázná, Rimma Stejskalová, Bohumil Nový

Music

Music Composed by

Martin Kratochvíl

Music Performed by

Jazz Q a hosté

Music Conducted by

Martin Kratochvíl (Jazz Q a hosté)

Songs

Horizont

Songwriter

Martin Kratochvíl (Horizont)

Writer of Lyrics

Oskar Petr (Horizont)

Singer

Martha Elefteriadu (Horizont)

Production info

Original Title

Past na kachnu

English Title

The Duck Trap

Working Title

V pátém voze jede vrah

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1978

Premiere

29.12.1978

Creative Group

Vladimír Kalina

Technical info

Format

Betacam

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 17. festival českých a slovenských filmů Hradec Králové

1979
Hradec Králové / Czechoslovakia
Karel Kovář

Vítěz

Festival: 17. festival českých a slovenských filmů Hradec Králové

1979
Hradec Králové / Czechoslovakia
František Uldrich