Holiday for a Dog

children, comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Prázdniny pro psa

Runtime

78

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1980

Production year

1980

Premiere

10.07.1981

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslava Vošmiková

Screenplay

Antonín Máša

Screenstory

Antonín Máša

Summary

This family comedy made by Jaroslava Vošmiková turned out to be another hit film featuring child star Tomáš Holý. The young actor, very much in demand and 12-years-old at the time, was cast in a movie that follows a story model successfully delivered by the “little Vašek in Šumava” film trilogy directed by Václav Gajer (Pod Jezevčí skálou [Beneath Badger Rock, 1978], Na pytlácké stezce [On the Poacher’s Path, 1979], Za trnkovým keřem [Behind the Blackthorn, 1980]). Once again a little boy from Prague, named Petr in this case, is spending his holidays at his grandparents’ place in the country. And once again there is a loyal canine friend, with a Welsh Terrier named Blek this time landing the part. It is indeed the inquisitive dog that becomes the driving force behind the boy’s adventures. They include an encounter with the money-grubbing Mr. Plavec (Oldřich Navrátil), who even steals Blek. And his efforts to win acceptance from a group of local boys led by the competitive Jarda (Pavel Stránský)... Prázdniny pro psa (Holiday for a Dog) would become the last film to feature Holý. After its completion, the boy terminated his acting career.

Synopsis

The Mráz family is preparing for holidays. Parents are travelling to the spa and little Petr is going to the country to his grandparents. In addition, to the chaotic preparations, mother's friend is bringing a dog Blek. She wants Petr to look after it. Grandfather welcomes Petr and the dog with pleasure because he needs the ally against strict grandmother. Grandfather is not very skilful and thus grandmother often experiences troubles with his ideas. That is why she sells grandfather's gun to the miserly Plavec. Petr has troubles with the gang of village children which is led by Jarda. The boys are at first a little malicious but gradually they become friends with Petr. Jarda feels Petr to be a threat to him, revengefully lets Blek free from the lead and it runs away to the woods, in which the children look for it in vain. The point is that in the meantime the dog was caught by Plavec and Plavec passes it off as his own. Grandmother changed her mind as for the sale; she gave back money to Plavec and asked for the gun. The robust driver Drtikol wants to intervene but meanwhile the dog ran away from Plavec. Drtikol forces Plavec into giving him money, which he obtained from Petr's grandmother, so as to give it to grandfather for stolen dog. Parents have brougt Petr as a present a dog of the same race but Petr will have to give it in return for Blek to the owner. While returning home in a car the boy takes a glance of the lost dog and runs out for it. Drtikol caught up the Mrázs and gives them money from Plavec. They refuse it and the sudden gust of wind lifts the banknotes to the air. Grandfather at the small courtyard is surprised by hundred-crown notes falling down from the sky.

Note

In one the scene from Prague’s street spoke Vladimír Hrabánek six sentences in postsynchronizations instead of the deceased Jiří Hrzán.

Cast

Tomáš Holý

Petr Mráz

Bohumil Vávra

dědeček Sláma

Věra Tichánková

babička Slámová

Jiří Hrzán

tatínek Milan Mráz

Hana Maciuchová

maminka Jaruška Mrázová

Oldřich Navrátil

Pepa Plavec

Naďa Konvalinková

Máňa, Plavcova žena

Vladimír Kratina

řidič Vrabec zvaný Drtikol

Pavel Stránský

vůdce party Jarda

Roman Šmalcl

Zdeněk

Jakub Heglas

Jirka

Jana Břežková

Alice Jirsová, Jaruščina přítelkyně

Ludmila Marečková

babička Plavcová

Valentin Kryštof

dědeček Plavec

Helena Růžičková

sousedka Krásová

Jitka Molavcová

švagrová

Vlastimil Venclík

švagr Rosťa

Jarmila Derková

dáma se psem

Magda Dolejšová

dáma se psem

Antonín Hausknecht

autokaskadér

Jindřich Bílek

vesnický kluk

Marie Holá

žena v okně

Daniel Netušil

Dan, chlapec z kempu

pes Alton

Dubbing

Vladimír Hrabánek

hlas tatínka Milana Mráze v jedné scéně

Miriam Chytilová

hlas Mileny

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Dobroslav Zborník

Assistant Director

Jan Dolejš, Libuše Vaněčková

Screenstory

Antonín Máša

Screenplay

Antonín Máša

Shooting Script

Jaroslava Vošmiková

Second Unit Photography

Karel Dobřichovský

Camera Operator

Jiří Knotek

Production Designer

Aleš Voleman

Set Designer

Jiří Cvrček, Cvrček Jiří ml., Jaroslav Chytrý, Bohumil Kadlec

Costume Designer

Lída Novotná

Sound Designer

Roman Hloch

Production Manager

Václav Rouha

Unit Production Manager

Václav Dobeš, Zdeňka Černá, Václav Petr

Cooperation

Miloš Preclík, Josef Vítek, Anna Mejtská

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Skoumal

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Léto bože léto, Nemelem, nemelem, Já jsem ten zajíček nešťastný, Lásko, bože, lásko

Songwriter

Petr Skoumal (Léto bože léto)

Writer of Lyrics

Petr Skoumal (Léto bože léto), Pavel Šrut (Léto bože léto)

Singer

Marie Rottrová (Léto bože léto), Hana Maciuchová (Nemelem, nemelem), ženský sbor (Já jsem ten zajíček nešťastný)

Production info

Original Title

Prázdniny pro psa

English Title

Holiday for a Dog

Copyright

1980

Production Year

1980

Premiere

10.07.1981

Creative Group

Ota Hofman

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 21. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1981
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 19. festival českých a slovenských filmů Kladno

1981
Kladno / Czechoslovakia
Jaroslava Vošmiková

Vítěz

Festival: 21. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1981
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 32. filmový festival pracujících – léto ´81

1981
62 měst / Czechoslovakia
Jaroslava Vošmiková

Vítěz

Festival: 3. festival československé filmové veselohry Nové Město nad Metují

1981
Nové Město nad Metují / Czechoslovakia
Jaroslava Vošmiková

Vítěz

Festival: 32. filmový festival pracujících – léto ´81

1981
62 měst / Czechoslovakia