Regular Guys Don’t Cry

children, narrative

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Chlapi přece nepláčou

Runtime

80 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1979

Production year

1979

Premiere

25.07.1980

Language version

Czech

Director

Josef Pinkava

Summary

Josef Pinkava filmed Chlapi přece nepláčou more than one decade after his 1970 family motion picture Kapitán Korda (Captain Korda), even though it is a loose sequel to the latter title. The main character in this adaptation of the book Jménem korvetního kapitána (In the Name of the Three-Stripe Commander) is, once again, a boy called Pepík. Pepík, played this time by Jiří Strnad, is living happily with his beloved adoptive parents when he is one day rattled by the news that they are expecting a child of their own. While anxious that his parents will not love him as much as they used to, he continues to experience all manner of incidents with his gang of friends and a new classmate, pigtailed Saša. Pepík’s stepfather, meanwhile, decides to try and ease the difficult situation by gifting his adoptive son an inspirational “ship’s” logbook in which he can write down his feelings... The parents in this pleasantly entertaining children’s film are portrayed by Ladislav Frej and Jaroslava Tvrzníková (they take over from Vladimír Brabec and Milena Dvorská in the earlier film).

Synopsis

The holidays began and Pepík Janoušek is playing with his friend Hadraba, whose nickname is Šun. Šun has to baby-sit his small brother in a pram and envies Pepík his nice adoptive parents because his own father beats him often. Pepík is happy - he will have soon the same surname Marek as his father and mother. Pepík is shocked when Šun tells him that Mrs Marková is pregnant. He falls from a height and ends up in hospital. Despite of all expressed love and care Pepík is afraid that the Mareks will no longer want him. In September Pepík has already recovered, goes to school and soon his father tells him he is definitely called Marek now. He receives a "log-book" where Pepík discloses some of his worries. Šun and Pepík are assaulted by a bunch of a big boy Belda, but as they are silent about it, Belda invites them to a hut called store, where the boys collect various metal junk, including a motorbike which works. A new schoolmate Saša follows the boys secretly and one day she helps Pepík to babysit Šun's brother and even to save the situation when the hut starts to burn. Pepík is afraid and runs away from home. The police brings him home at night, but his mother is already in the maternal hospital. Pepík knows now he is a real Marek. In the morning his moved father tells him about his new born sister. He comforts him with the sentence: "regular guys don't cry".

Cast

Jiří Strnad

Pepík Janoušek, později Pepík Marek

Jaroslava Tvrzníková

Jana Marková, Pepíkova adoptivní matka

Ladislav Frej

Josef Marek, Pepíkův adoptivní otec

Miroslav Mikulička

Šun Hadraba, Pepíkův kamarád

Marcela Juchelková

spolužačka Saša Randáková

Zdeněk Hradilák

otec Hadraba

Miroslav Horák

primář

Ľudovít Kroner

vedoucí Sběrných surovin Jordán

Jana Tomečková

učitelka

Tomáš Masař

Šunův malý bratr

Roman Hanzlík

Punťa

Radek Jadrníček

Belda

Tomáš Podroužek

kluk "cizinec"

Marek Šikula

člen Beldovy party

Roman Kudrna

člen Beldovy party

Radomír Babíček

člen Beldovy party

Roman Nesrsta

člen Beldovy party

Jana Hliňáková

učitelka u šatny

Roman Mecnarowski

ředitel školy

Jana Šišková

zdravotní sestra

Dubbing

Karel Houska

hlas dědečka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Hana Pinkavová

Assistant Director

Vladimír Prager, Marta Svobodová

Based on

Marie Kubátová (Jménem korvetního kapitána – kniha)

Script Editor

Jaroslav Petřík

Second Unit Photography

Juraj Fándli

Camera Operator

Arne Parduba

Production Designer

Josef Havlíček

Set Designer

Ivo Formánek, Otto Buchta, Emil Hrazdira, František Santarius, Šťovíček Josef st.

Costume Designer

Taťána Havlíčková

Sound Designer

Radomír Koutek

Production Manager

Rostislav Stružka

Unit Production Manager

Jaromír Metyš, Jindřich Ujčík

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Zemanec

Cooperation

František Borovec, Marie Vrlová, Dagmar Ondrová, H. Kocková

Music

Music Composed by

Angelo Michajlov

Songs

Černé oči, jděte spát

Singer

Jiří Strnad (Černé oči, jděte spát)

Production info

Original Title

Chlapi přece nepláčou

English Title

Regular Guys Don’t Cry

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

children, narrative

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1979

Production Year

1979

Premiere

25.07.1980

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

80 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 31. filmový festival pracujících – léto ´80

1980
63 měst / Czechoslovakia
Josef Pinkava

Vítěz

Festival: 20. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1980
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 12. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1980
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 20. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1980
Zlín / Czechoslovakia
Jiří Strnad

Vítěz

Festival: 20. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1980
Zlín / Czechoslovakia