Just a Step from Murder to Lie

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production year

1982

Premiere

1 July 1983

Runtime

77 min

Director

Petr Tuček

Category

film

Genre

comedy

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Od vraždy jenom krok ke lži

Czech title

Od vraždy jenom krok ke lži

English title

Just a Step from Murder to Lie

Summary

Director Petr Tuček is best known for his television series Slovácko sa nesúdí (Moravian Slovakia Doesn’t Judge, 1974) and an army comedy Copak je to za vojáka ... (Every Girl Loves a Soldier, 1987). In Tuček’s filmographyone also finds a criminal caper which delighted audiences in 1983, namely Od vraždy jenom krok ke lži (Just a Step from Murder to Lie, 1982). The protagonist is a young man named Michal Nožička (Michal Pešek), a cultural officer who is also working at a health spa. While simply seeking a letter of recommendation to get into an art academy, he becomes embroiled in bizarre events surrounding the supposed murder of his boss, Dr. Moulisová (Zora Božinová). Michal is subsequently accused of a crime due to what ultimately turns out to be a series of misunderstandings. At the centre of it all is Dr. Moulisová’s mysterious daughter, Květa (Dana Batulková), who – gun in hand – tries to seduce Michal. The film gave Batulková her first major acting role and also provided one of the most prominent parts of Pešek’s career.

Synopsis

The young spa cultural official Michal is admitted to the Faculty of Music with the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. The only thing he needs to begin after the summer holidays is his employer's recommendation. But it is not as easy as he thought to obtain it. On the train from Prague, he is followed by a girl who will later arrange countless embarrassing situations for him. These events discredit Michal in the eyes of his boss Moulisová and the recommendation is thus declined. The young man feverishly tries to find someone else to sign the recommendation or at least someone who would put in a good word for him. The next day, he is himself asked for help by the girl from the train. She claims to be a cleaning lady for Moulisová and needs him to carry a heavy box to the cellar for her. At a director's meeting, everybody present learns that the senior consultant Moulisová is missing. Michal offers to find her himself. He contacts the mysterious girl from the train, whose name is Květa. She is a medical student – and also Moulisová's daughter. Michal cannot find the consultant anywhere. Monika, who spends nights in Moulisová's villa, tells Michal that Květa certainly killed her mother. Květa is bothered that Monika talked to Michal, and reports her to the police. Monika in turn denounces Květa but it is eventually Michal who is arrested for complicity in the reported murder. He is, however, soon released. But he, too, begins to suspect Květa of her mother's assassination. Back at the villa, he wants to search the box which he helped Květa carry to the cellar. Květa surprises him with a rifle in her hands and cynically confesses to committing the murder. She forces Michal to follow her to the bedroom. Michal wants to make love to her and undresses. At that very moment, the senior consultant Moulisová returns to the villa. It turns out that she had to go to the Prague Medical Faculty in order to cover a troublesome incident caused by her daughter. She spots the naked young man and he runs away through the window. He, of course, arouses a scandal in the spa. But Květa convinces her mother that Michal is innocent of everything. The mother eventually signs his study recommendation and, with a hint of cynicism, even acknowledges him as her daughter's wooer.

Cast

Michal Pešek

kulturní referent Michal Nožička

Dana Batulková

medička Květa

Zora Božinová

Dubbing Zuzana Fišárková
primářka Moulisová, Květina matka

Oto Ševčík

psycholog Gorbay

Václav Švorc

ředitel lázní

Jan Skopeček

Michalův otec

Vlastimil Hašek

MUDr. Luděk Štrobach

Evelyna Steimarová

Jiřina, Štrobachova žena

Milan Klásek

strážmistr VB

Veronika Freimanová

zdravotní sestra

Michaela Dudová

Monika

Jaroslava Procházková

sekretářka Eliška

Dana Horčicová

dietní sestra

Jan Vlasák

inženýr Vanýsek

Jiří Bednář

lékař Dodo

Mirko Musil

zřízenec Knébl

Oldřich Velen

vedoucí Ratiškovského dechového souboru

Viktor Nejedlý

ladič Viktor

Karel Brožek

vedoucí katedry

Dobroslav Čech

starý muž

Sagvan Tofi

cikán Kalmán, uklízeč a hudebník

Ladislav Goral

cikán Hlaváč

Václav Kotva

průvodčí

Jan Cmíral

člen vedení lázní

Pavel Klůs

mladý lékař

Markéta Krbušková

Dodova milenka

Zdena Lukášová

postarší pacientka

Alena Karešová

zdravotní sestra

Edita Dindělová

Dubbing Sylvia Turbová
slovenská pacientka

Milada Vnuková

lázeňská

Jiří Přichystal

hajný Kudrna

Josef Šimon

lékař

Miloslav Homola

lázeňský pacient

prof. Valentina Kameníková

ona sama, hudební pedagožka a klavíristka

Ludmila Ježová

Wanda Kuzynská

Karel Bodnár

učitel

Crew and creators

Director

Petr Tuček

Second Unit Director

Radovan Urban

Assistant Director

Otmar Průša

Script Supervisor

Zdenka Barochová

Screenstory

Josef Šilhavý

Screenplay

Josef Šilhavý

Shooting Script

Petr Tuček

Script Editor

Jaroslav Kubát

Director of Photography

Jiří Stöhr

Second Unit Photography

Ota Kopřiva

Camera Operator

Antonín Mařík

Production Designer

Oldřich Bosák

Assistent Production Designer

Jan Zázvorka ml.

Set Designer

Dvořák Josef (výprava), Zdena Suchomelová, Richard Staněk, Petr Průša

Assistant Film Editor

Anna Mejtská, Eliška Willigová

Sound Designer

Jiří Lenoch

Production Manager

Jaromír Lukáš

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Synek, Milana Melcerová, Dagmar Pitráková

Unit Production Manager

Dagmar Pitráková

Cooperation

Věra Varadyová (klapka), Zdeněk Dukát (fotograf)

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Hapka

Selected Music

Bohuslav Martinů (Koncert pro hoboj a orchestr), Robert Schumann (Variace), Johann Sebastian Bach (Koncert d moll pro housle, hoboj a smyčcový orchestr), Vilém Blodek (V studni)

Music Performed by

Petr Hapka, FISYO (Music Conducted by Mario Klemens)

Songs

Má hvězda

Songwriter Bedřich Smetana
Writer of Lyrics Josef Václav Sládek
Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Od vraždy jenom krok ke lži

Czech Title

Od vraždy jenom krok ke lži

English Title

Just a Step from Murder to Lie

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

comedy

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1982

Production Year

1982

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 30 April 1982
technical Screenplay approved 30 June 1982
start of filming 7 July 1982
end of filming 3 December 1982
projection approval 29 December 1982

Premiere

premiere 1 July 1983 /unsuitable for youths/

Creative Group

5. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupina, Miloslav Vydra (vedoucí 5. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

77 min

Original length in metres

2 205 meters

Distribution carrier

16mm, 35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,37

Colour

colour

Sound

sound

Sound system/format

mono

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Opening/End credits languages

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 10. festival zdravotnických filmů Podbořany

1983
Podbořany / Czechoslovakia