The Bulldogs and the Cherries

comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Buldoci a třešně

Runtime

99

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1981

Production year

1981

Premiere

11.09.1981

Language version

Czech

Director

Juraj Herz

Screenplay

Ivan Gariš, Juraj Herz

Screenstory

Ivan Gariš

Summary

Parodies of “capitalist” movie genres, which had no tradition in domestic cinema, were a specific feature of Czechoslovak film. Juraj Herz’s sense of absurd humour and hyperbole had stood him in good stead many times and he made good use of it once again when he brought the mafia parody Buldoci a třešně (The Bulldogs and the Cherries) to cinemas in addition to the modern horror Upír z Feratu (The Vampire of Ferato). Herz made the film because he needed the money and he collaborated on the script with the pro-regime writer and screenwriter Ivan Gariš. It is based on the contrast between tough, larger-than-life Italian criminals and the peculiarly “local” Czech underworld. The protagonist of this whimsical tale is the mafia don, Carmello, who tried to swindle his boss and is now seeking a safe place to lie low in Prague, away from those who are gunning for his head. He sees the Central European capital as a safe haven, but the local Prague mafia sees to it that this urbane foreigner gets first-hand experience of the criminal practices that have emerged under real socialism… Like a number of other Czechoslovak parodies, The Bulldogs and the Cherries is not based on a good knowledge of American or Italian mafia films, but rather on the manner in which these movies were perceived. What results is a slightly bizarre film in the guise of a parody that benefits from absurd humour and an interesting cast. The Slovak actor Marián Labuda made good use of his comic talents in the role of Don Carmello. Jiří Kodet, František Němec, and František Filipovský also dressed up as mobsters for the movie. Because Jiří Hrzán died during filming, Miroslav Středa had to take over the role of the mafia hitman Fofo. The director Juraj Herz appears in the film in the role of a conductor, and he also gave a small part to his colleague Jiří Menzel, who plays a waiter.

Synopsis

The Mafioso Carmello breaks the rules when he wants to take control over drug deals by shooting his rivals. The "family council" headed by boss don Morellano sentences him to death. The verdict should be executed by a hitman, Goméz, with his men. Carmello's men end up in concrete blocks but Carmello flees with his bodyguards, Salvatore and Fofo, to Vienna. He sells his enterprise to the powerful underworld boss called Conductor who recommends him the calm Prague instead of the unsafe Vienna. At the railway station, the three men first run into a drunken lady with two bulldogs. In the night, in Prague, Carmello falls victim to the attractive Miss Sylvie who steals his suit from him and locks him in some apartment. Carmello also loses his weapon, and because he escapes by climbing down the eaves, he soon falls into the hands of the police. The two bodyguards lose their guns as well. The bag with the weapons is unwittingly thrown into the airshaft by the drunken lady living next to them. When they try to get new bulldogs (guns) and cherries (bullets), the mafiosos meet the local filchers to whom they mistakenly ascribe extraordinary skills. Carmello moves to Karlsbad to establish a drug channel. He asks the tourist Boháčková, who he gets to know by chance, to transport a bag to Amsterdam. Her greedy husband, however, exchanges the luxurious luggage – having no idea that it contains drugs – for a paper suitcase. He takes the hitchhiker Sylvie to his car and she steals the bag from him. Carmello with his bodyguards and Goméz's men eventually find themselves in a truck in a forest by a chain of coincidences. A forester finds them and calls the police. He himself does not know that Sylvie stole the salaries for his subordinates from him just a while ago. The thief hitchhikes again and the lady with the bulldogs takes her in her car. When Sylvie asks her to stop by a cherry seller, the mischievous lady drives away and takes both the drugs and the money.

Note

Before his tragic death (at night from the 23rd to 24th September 1980), Jiří Hrzán as Fofo managed to complete eleven of the planned twenty-four filming days. The part was taken over by Miroslav Středa. With regard to the conspicuous mask (moustache, hat and sunglasses) several scenes with the late actor could be left in the final movie.

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Cast

Marián Labuda

Carmello Muscilo

Jiří Kodet

strážce Giulio Salvatore

Miroslav Středa

strážce Fofo

Jiří Hrzán

strážce Fofo

Rudolf Hrušínský

don Morellano

Karel Effa

Pepa, Píškův kumpán

Václav Kovařík

Jára, Píškův kumpán

Lenka Kořínková

zlodějka Sylvie

František Němec

střelec Goméz

Jiřina Bohdalová

Leontýna Boháčková

Juraj Herz

mafián zvaný Dirigent

Dagmar Veškrnová

opilá dáma s buldoky

Jiří Menzel

číšník Pajer v Intercontinentalu

Karel Augusta

barman v Intercontinentalu

Petr Nárožný

Venca, manžel Boháčkové

Pavel Bobek

barman Beno

Jan Schmid

lesník

František Filipovský

stařík mafián

Luděk Sobota

spojka Helmut

Vítězslav Černý

lokaj Morellana

Jana Rabová

dcera Morellana

Bohumila Dolejšová

barmanka v Intercontinentalu

Miloslav Šimek

Josef Novák, bratr Sylvie, Píškův kumpán

Jiří Lábus

střelec

Antonín Jedlička

recepční

Jiří Krampol

Gomézův střelec

Jan Obrda

Gomézův střelec

Oskar Gottlieb

Gomézův střelec

Jan Prokeš

Gomézův střelec

Rudolf Kalina

mafián Montego

Oskar Hák

mafián Totto

Jiří Lír

mafián zvaný Tenorista

Milan Neděla

mafián Enrico

Antonín Pokorný

mafián Guesto

Zuzana Langerová

striptérka

Vlasta Kahovcová

blondýna na nádraží

Simona Stašová

servírka v Intercontinentalu

Jaromír Kučera

hlídač na stavbě Domu bytové kultury

Jaroslav Čejka

číšník v Intercontinentalu

Jiří Knot

vrchní ve vinárně

Jan Cmíral

mafián

Petr Tausk

mafián

Ivan Gariš

mafián

Petr Gottlieb

mafián

Vladimír Turyna

mafián

MUDr. Viktor Řeháček

mafián

Michaela Vítková

břišní tanečnice

Vladimír Hrabánek

host v baru

Milan Lasica

poručík VB

Július Satinský

praporčík VB

Pavel Havránek

příslušník VB

Karel Smyczek

fotoreportér

Milan Slepička

malý liftboy

Ladislav Šimek

recepční v Puppu

Jaroslav Vozáb

vrchní v Puppu

Jaroslav Tomsa

barman/řidič

Karel Engel

host v baru

Jaroslav Klenot

host v baru

Ladislav Lahoda

host v baru

Zdeněk Srstka

host v baru

Ivan Pokorný

příslušník VB na nádraží

Václav Peiger

homosexuál

Zdeněk Nečesaný

řidič chladírenského vozu

Oswald Schorm

feťák

Jaroslav Šanda

gorila Dirigenta

Helena Růžičková

cizinka před nádražím

Pavel Trnavský

člen kapely

Pavel Hradil

člen kapely

Jiří Hrubeš

člen kapely

Zdeněk Juračka

člen kapely

Ivan Kadaňka

člen kapely

František Kotva

člen kapely

Crew and creators

Director

Juraj Herz

Second Unit Director

Miloš Kohout

Assistant Director

Eliška Moulisová, Petr Hartl, Dagmar Zelenková

Screenstory

Ivan Gariš

Shooting Script

Juraj Herz, Ivan Gariš

Script Editor

Jaroslav Kubát

Second Unit Photography

Ota Kopřiva

Camera Operator

Ivan Šimůnek

Production Designer

Vladimír Labský

Set Designer

Karel Kracík, Jaroslav Lehman, Miloš Sršeň, Milan Šefrna

Costume Designer

Jana Zbořilová

Sound Designer

František Černý

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Jan Šuster

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Bouček, Lenka Jandová

Unit Production Manager

Miloslav Doležal

Consultant

plk. Josef Janůrek, pplk. František Kot, pplk. František Havlíček, Josef Koníček, Ice Fanoni, Slah Ben Haš Slama

Cooperation

Magda Chmelová, Jiří Berger, Anna Mejtská, Karel Ješátko, Alena Chvojková, František Dvořák

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Hapka

Music Performed by

FISYO, Petr Hapka, skupina Heval

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (FISYO)

Songs

Právě se vzbouzím, Smaragdové lasery

Songwriter

Petr Hapka (Právě se vzbouzím), Pavel Trnavský (Smaragdové lasery)

Writer of Lyrics

Vladimír Čort (Smaragdové lasery)

Singer

Jana Kratochvílová (Právě se vzbouzím), Jana Kratochvílová (Smaragdové lasery)

Production info

Original Title

Buldoci a třešně

English Title

The Bulldogs and the Cherries

Copyright

1981

Production Year

1981

Premiere

11.09.1981

Creative Group

Miroslav Hladký

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam

Versions

Czech