Whose Run It Is

drama, psychological

Typology

feature

Czech title

Na koho to slovo padne...

Runtime

97

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1979

Production year

1979

Premiere

05.09.1980

Language version

Czech

Director

Antonín Kachlík

Screenplay

Antonín Kachlík

Screenstory

Stanislav Segmüller, Milan Růžička, Antonín Kachlík

Summary

Politically engaged filmmaking in the 1970s and 80s often addressed working environment themes. One such typical example of the era is this 1980 drama made by director Antonín Kachlík, produced with more than a nod to the socialist “Building a better future” school of thought. The protagonist, foreman František Pelant (nicknamed “Rámus” (“Hullaballoo”) and played by Jiří Žák), suffers a heart attack when the stress of work at the building site of a new high-rise concrete panel housing estate gets the better of him. Even from his hospital bed, Pelant tries to go on solving problems at the site caused by a factory supplying faulty panels and the thieving project management. However, young crane operator Hedvika (Marta Malá) and communist party officials stand up for this virtuous worker... Neither the undramatic take on the topic nor Kachlík’s directing make this film more convincing. Some credit can go to the casting of the main characters when it comes to what makes the motion picture a bit more attractive to viewers. Svatopluk Beneš, playing the part of a cheated old architect, puts in his customarily good performance.

Synopsis

An ambulance is taking a patient from a large half-built housing estate to the resuscitation unit. Foreman František Pelant has had a heart attack right on the work site. The young crane-operator Hedvika, until recently his girlfriend, carries on František's efforts to deal with irregularities in the running of the building works and in the factory supplying the prefabricated components. She persuades the veteran communist Zábrana to help her and together they initiate negotiations in the highest organs of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. František makes friends with another patient at the hospital, the architect Fišer who just happens to be the man who designed the experiment that the foreman has been putting into practice. The architect is already an old man, whose young wife cheats on him and rarely comes to visit. Pelant, on the other hand, refuses Hedvika's visits to the hospital. He describes to Fišer his struggles with the factory that has been supplying faulty prefab panels, and with several executives from his own company who have been making a fortune on co-operative housing projects. The directors of the two companies didn't like his initiatives and tried to accuse him of overstepping regulations. František had demonstratively proffered his resignation, and when to his surprise it was accepted, he had collapsed. Both Hedvika and the Communist Party officials continue with their efforts to resolve matters. Pelant is cleared of the accusations and when he arrives on site as convalescent, the workers welcome him with cheers. Zábrana informs him that he can return to his duties. Pelant regretfully refuses – the doctor has forbidden him to go back to work.

Cast

Jiří Žák

stavař Franta Pelant zvaný Rámus

Marta Malá

jeřábnice Hedvika

Jiří Mikota

zedník Alois Zábrana zvaný Dědek

Miroslav Nohýnek

architekt Petr Soukup

Svatopluk Beneš

architekt Fišer

Marie Spurná

Ivanka, Fišerova manželka

Oldřich Vykypěl

předseda CZV KSČ Soukup, Petrův otec

Jiří Brož

Otin

Vlastimil Čaněk

mistr Hodač

Rudolf Fleischer

hlavní inženýr

Adolf Filip

ředitel Stavomontu

Václav Král

ředitel Prefy

Milan Štrich

náměstek ředitele Prefy

Netta Deborská

Soukupová, žena předsedy CZV KSČ

Ladislav Šimek

okresní tajemník pro výstavbu Rudo

Miroslav Rous

tajemník OV KSČ Oldřich

Pavel Rubeš

stavbyvedoucí Kolátor

Karel Koloušek

krajský tajemník KSČ Josef

Bohuš Pastorek

předseda Okresní kontrolní a revizní komise Bohouš

Josef Janoušek (2)

Dušan

Oldřich Velen

vedoucí expedice v Prefě

Jana Ebertová

vrchní sestra

Pavel Spálený (2)

stavbyvedoucí

Bohuslav Ličman

lékař v nemocnici

Vladimír Foukal

řidič trajleru

Jiří Růžička st.

Karel, zaměstnanec Prefy

Mnislav Hofmann

strážný v Prefě

Dagmar Čárová

sekretářka okresního tajemníka

Josef Maršík

Hodačův kamarád

Luboš Bíža

obkladač

Ronald Heller

obkladač

Pavel Robin

obkladač

Zuzana Chorvátová

sekretářka hlavního inženýra

Marta Richterová

Pilná, zapisovatelka CZV KSČ

Jana Robenková

Nová, členka CZV KSČ

Jaroslav Toms

obkladač

Marta Srovnalová

světlovlasá dělnice na stavbě

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Jiří Růžička st.

Assistant Director

Zdeněk Tyc, Jarmila Čajová

Shooting Script

Antonín Kachlík

Script Editor

Zdeněk Dufek

Second Unit Photography

Pavel Dosoudil

Camera Operator

Jiří Knotek

Production Designer

Bohumil Pokorný

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Sound Designer

Jiří Moudrý

Production Manager

Petr Čapek

Unit Production Manager

Evelyna Vrbová, Dana Dudová

Unit Production Manager

Miloš Zajdl, Jiří Potsch

Consultant

Josef Doležal (stavitel), Karel Vorel

Cooperation

Pozemní stavby Pardubice n. p., Alena Červená, Janka Netíková, Anna Mejtská, Olga Rosenfelderová

Music

Music Composed by

Oldřich Flosman

Music Performed by

Kociánovo kvarteto, FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Na koho to slovo padne...

English Title

Whose Run It Is

Working Title

Mrakodrap

Copyright

1979

Production Year

1979

Premiere

05.09.1980

Creative Group

Miroslav Hladký

Technical info

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 19. festival českých a slovenských filmů Kladno

1981
Kladno / Czechoslovakia
Antonín Kachlík