Threat

drama

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Hrozba

Runtime

85 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production year

1978

Premiere

17.11.1978

Language version

Czech

Director

Zdenek Sirový

Summary

Major changes are taking place at a prominent metallurgical enterprise: the experienced but ailing head of operations Budil is being replaced and workers are struggling to install a new exhauster. While the offended Budil, who has sacrificed everything for his work, struggles to accept his young substitute, a catastrophe is brewing in the gasworks. It threatens to destroy an entire city… Due to his previous filmmaking activities and political views, director Zdeněk Sirový was made to repent in the 1970s. Together with screenwriter Jiří Křižan they were later allowed to make three adventure films based on the short stories of Jack London; Kaňon samé zlato (A Canyon Full of Gold, 1970), Poslední výstřel Davida Sandela (David Sandel’s Last Shot, 1971) and Claim na Hluchém potoku (The Claim at the Deaf Creek, 1971) as well as two films about industry; Hrozba (Threat, 1978) and Paragraf 224 (Paragraph 224, 1979). With the popular Vladimír Menšík in the lead role, the film bears some of the hallmarks of a typical Hollywood disaster movie.

Synopsis

In a gas shop of a large metallurgical plant a new modern exhauster will be put into operation. The operation manager, engineer Budil learns shortly before that from his boss that he will be transferred to a less demanding work due to his bad health condition. He shall be replaced by a fresh university graduate, engineer Ondřej Kašík. Budil is deeply offended, work means everything for him, and even his marriage is in crisis because of that. Kašík would like to get advise from his former colleague how to deal with people but Budil has only ironic remarks. Also other workers in the plant have their personal problems. Power engineering specialist Landa learns that his beloved small daughter was injured in a car accident, the assiduous dispatcher Pernica is solving over the phone complaints of his handicaped wife. Shortly after the new facility is put in operation there is a crisis. To the gas-holder comes also air which might create an explosive mixture. Letting out the gas-holder would cause an economic damage. Budil's opinion of the young colleague will change when Kašík identifies quickly the cause of the wrong operation. During the reparation the young serviceman Šimčík dies but the city is saved. Budil's relationship with his wife gets better and he decides to undertake a treatment with her support. Landa's small daughter has been operated successfully.

Cast

Vladimír Menšík

inženýr Pavel Budil

Ladislav Frej

hlavní energetik ing. Viktor Landa

Vladimír Durdík

inženýr Ondřej Kašík

Jaroslav Rozsíval

starý Kašík

Jiří Wohanka

dispečer Honza Pernica

Milena Dvorská

Daniela, Budilova žena

Eliška Sirová

Julinka, Landova dcera

Pavel Zedníček

údržbář František Šimčík

Dušan Blaškovič

inženýr Včelařík

Stanislav Remunda

hlavní ekonom Josef Hynek

Zdeněk Ornest

vedoucí inženýr Tomáš Křenek

Karel Hlušička

MUDr. Šrámek

Miroslav Zounar

inženýr Navrátil

Jana Šulcová

Věra, Pernicova žena

Hana Čížková

modelka Irena

Milan Sandhaus

řidič Kramoliš

Rostislav Kuba

vlasatý mladík

Jana Gýrová

Lenka, Landova bývalá žena

Alois Švehlík

Jarek Pitron, Lenčin nový manžel

Oldřich Velen

primář

Emma Černá

sekretářka Karlička Bechná

Alena Procházková

zdravotní sestra

Jiří Kodet

sochař Franta

Jindřich Sejk

velitel požárníků

Václav Roštlapil

řidič gazu

Jeroným Horák

řidič škodovky

Karel Bělohradský

řidič Volhy

Jaroslav Fukala

údržbář Kozák

Karel Engel

montér s knírkem

Jan Kuželka

tlustý montér

Milan Jonáš

obsluha u benzinové pumpy

Lena Birková

členka operačního týmu

René Mucha

člen operačního týmu

Vladimír Navrátil

člen operačního týmu

Petr Skarke

člen operačního týmu

Miloslav Šindler

člen operačního týmu

Jiřina Zemanová

členka operačního týmu

Lenka Kořínková

laborantka

Marie Viková

manželka řidiče

Jitka Zelenohorská

sekretářka u Křenka

Miroslav Jíra

strážmistr VB

Bohuslav Čvančara

hradlař

Jiří Kalenský

dubl za Sandhause

Jaroslav Tomsa

dubl za Zedníčka

Dubbing

Viktor Preiss

hlas Ondřeje Kašíka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milan Jonáš

Assistant Director

Jitka Hoferková, Jindřiška Novotná

Script Editor

Josef Bouček

Second Unit Photography

Eduard Kadeřábek

Camera Operator

Jan Hanzal

Production Designer

Jindřich Goetz

Set Designer

Vladimír Ježek, Jiří Pavlásek, Žák Jiří (2), Ladislav Winkelhöfer

Costume Designer

Zdena Kadrnožková

Film Editor

Zdeněk Stehlík

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Jaroslav Solnička

Unit Production Manager

Milan Štěch, Jiří Rössler

Consultant

Ing. Josef Pop, Slavomír Jašek

Cooperation

Irena Sedláčková, Ivan Minář, Miloslava Kostková, Petr Bárta, zaměstnanci NHKG Ostrava

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Fišer

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Hrozba

English Title

Threat

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1978

Production Year

1978

Premiere

17.11.1978

Creative Group

Vladimír Kalina

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

85 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 17. festival českých a slovenských filmů Hradec Králové

2015
Hradec Králové / Czechoslovakia
Vladimír Menšík