How to Take in a Lawyer

narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Jak napálit advokáta

Runtime

76

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1980

Production year

1980

Premiere

12.09.1980

Language version

Czech

Director

Vladimír Čech

Screenplay

Milan Růžička, Karel Friml

Screenstory

Milan Růžička, Karel Friml

Summary

For a short period it seemed the actor Miloš Kopecký was enjoying playing only lawyers. A year after Jaromil Jireš’s successful tragicomedy Causa Králík (The Rabbit Case, 1979) he appeared in director Vladimír Čech’s easygoing picture Jak napálit advokáta (How to Take in a Lawyer, 1980). It was to be the last film in the director’s long career. It tells the story of the lawyer Hořic who specialises in motoring disputes. In the course of his practice he meets with a variety of clients. The conscientious small-town lawyer does not resolve any vitally serious disputes, although sometimes he has to attend interrogations or do a little detective work. He determines the correct amount of compensation during a car crash, he establishes the innocence of a man who has hit a cyclist and comes across a fraud involving emergency vehicles. In addition to the masterful Kopecký, the film’s talented cast included Marie Rosůlková as the hero’s mother.

Synopsis

Attorney Hořic is a specialist for cases connected with motoring. He approaches to his work unconventionally, he does not hesitate to search for evidence right in the terrain and he is willing to take various risks in the name of truth. He walks around a case just when the police question the parties of the crash of two car, a Trabant and a Simca. The owner of the Simca car, Kopera, whose wife was injured in the crash, suggests to Dymeš who caused the accident to settle all out of court. He asks for five thousand crowns. Dymeš hesitates, the amount is too high for him. Therefore he turns to the attorney Hořic. Hořic finds out that Kopera extremely exaggerated the seriousness of the injury of his wife as he was convinced that Dymeš will give him the money. In another case a young driver Čižma runs over an old cyklist. Hořic is sure the young man covers somebody. He finds out by investigation that the car was rented and had bad breaks. Another case is brought to the attorney by his mother. Her neighbour Cíglerová's husband - a truck driver - died two years ago. The lady thinks now she could get a compensation if it is proven that the accident was not caused only by her husband. Hořic´s search confirms Cígler's guilt and on the top of it he finds a trace of fraud with crashed cars. In the evening Hořic picks up his girlfriend Kováříková. During a ride through night Prague two cars stick to them and they have an accident. Fortunately they are not injured and Hořic can defend Čižma at court. He assures him when he says the truth he will get by with suspended sentence.

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Cast

Miloš Kopecký

advokát JUDr. Jiří Hořic

Michaela Mišková

MUDr. Alena Kovaříková, Hořicova přítelkyně

Josef Větrovec

majitel trabantu Vlastimil Dymeš

Luděk Munzar

majitel simky Roman Kopera

Jitka Havlíčková

Adéla Koperová, hosteska ve varieté

Josef Bek

Řezáč, Hořicův kamarád z Moravy

Svatopluk Skopal

řidič žiguli Jaroslav Čižma

Oldřich Velen

vedoucí půjčovny aut Tikal

Marcela Martínková

Jiřina, Tikalova žena, Čižmova sestra

Marie Rosůlková

matka JUDr. Hořice

Zdenka Procházková

Cíglerová, vdova po řidiči Zoulovi

Jiří Němeček

trenér autorodea Cígler

Otakar Brousek

ing. Hurych

Jan Kanyza

garážmistr

Svatopluk Beneš

vedoucí vinárny Zavadil

Miroslav Zounar

vedoucí advokátní poradny

Radovan Lukavský

předseda senátu

Vladimír Hlavatý

cyklista Krychtálek

Vlastimil Čaněk

technik půjčovny Šiler

Jaroslav Mareš

řidič, Zoulův kolega

Elena Strupková

sekretářka Evička

Nina Jiránková

soudkyně

Milan Mach

režisér varieté Karel Vaněk

Jitka Zelenohorská

zdravotní sestra v kartotéce

Jiří Havel

podporučík VB

Eva Svobodová

Krychtálkova žena

Oldřich Janovský

ředitel pojišťovny

Jindřich Narenta

řidič rakouského autobusu

Raoul Schránil

JUDr. Koláček z České Lípy

Miloš Vavruška

fotograf Lojza

Robert Vrchota

hospodský

Jindřich Hrdý

Dymešův syn

Jiřina Bílá

Dymešova žena

Lena Birková

tlumočnice

Rudolf Fleischer

Hořicův kamarád v pojišťovně

Karel Hovorka

prokurátor

Jarmila Beránková

provozní v motorestu

Simona Stašová

pomocnice v kuchyni

Radka Mayerová

pomocnice na nádobí

Miroslav Krejča

náměstek

Roman Skamene

montér v garáži

Vladimír Pospíšil

vedoucí autobazaru

Josef Střecha

Čižmův otec

Petr Pospíchal

ošetřující lékař

Milada Bednářová

zdravotní sestra

Olga Navrátilová

zapisovatelka

Jana Jandová

tanečnice

Dana Kyznarová

tanečnice

Marcela Loučímová

tanečnice

Helena Šafránková

tanečnice

Daniela Vondráčková

tanečnice

Josef Starosta

tanečník

Petr Zámostný

tanečník

Jan Vacek

dirigent

P. Bezpalec

hudebník

Wolfgang Hauer

hudebník

Václav Král (hudebník)

hudebník

Angelo Michajlov

hudebník

Pavel Štemberk

hudebník

Pavel Hrachový

kaskadér - bouračka

Václav Syřiště

kaskadér - bouračka

P. Prokůpek

kaskadér - bouračka

Antonín Hausknecht

kaskadér - rodeo

J. Holubec

kaskadér - rodeo

Otakar Němec

kaskadér - rodeo

L. Srnka

kaskadér - rodeo

V. Srnka

kaskadér - rodeo

V. Šroub

kaskadér - rodeo

J. Vaisar

kaskadér - rodeo

F. Vlach

kaskadér - rodeo

Dubbing

Renáta Doleželová

hlas Adély Koperové

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Věra Ticháčková

Assistant Director

Josef Loučím, Magdalena Davidová

Shooting Script

Vladimír Čech

Script Editor

Josef Šilhavý

Second Unit Photography

Karel Dobřichovský

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček

Production Designer

Jaroslav Krška

Set Designer

Rudolf Beneš, Josef Calta, Petr Matouš

Costume Designer

Olga Jedličková

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch

Titles Designed by

Karel Helmich

Production Manager

Jiří Pokorný

Unit Production Manager

Vlasta Synkulová, Jan Milič

Unit Production Manager

Kateřina Juhászová

Consultant

dr. Karel Havlíček

Cooperation

Irena Neubertová, Miroslav Pešan

Music

Music Composed by

Štěpán Lucký

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Jak napálit advokáta

English Title

How to Take in a Lawyer

Working Title

Historky z motorismu

Copyright

1980

Production Year

1980

Premiere

12.09.1980

Creative Group

Miroslav Hladký

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech