A Third Piton for the Cat

detective, children

Typology

feature

Czech title

Třetí skoba pro Kocoura

Runtime

78

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1983

Production year

1983

Premiere

01.11.1984

Language version

Czech

Director

Radim Cvrček

Screenplay

Vojtěch Vacke, Radim Cvrček

Screenstory

Vojtěch Vacke

Summary

Radim Cvrček specialised in children’s films but the feature Třetí skoba pro Kocoura (A Third Piton for the Cat, 1983) combines a teenage protagonist with a dark detective story. The hero, 15-year-old old Ivan Kočička, nicknamed “Kocour” (“Cat”), enjoys mountain climbing. During one of his regular excursions he discovers a corpse in a cave which later mysteriously disappears. Only Ivan´s friend Lucie shares his suspicion that district archive employee Hromada and gamekeeper Pazdera are the culprits. After Kotov chateau is burgled, the boy embarks on a dangerous game to ensure his adult adversaries are convicted… Debuting actor Kamil Koula who played Kocour later appeared in Eugen Sokolovský’s fairytale Poklad rytíře Miloty (Treasure at the Castle, 1989). Fifteen-year-old Michaela Kuklová, for whom Cvrček’s film opened the way to a successful career, played the part of Lucie.

Synopsis

During a mountaineering training exercise on the Hláska rock, Ivan Kočička, nicknamed Tomcat, discovers the body of a dead man in a cave on the top of the neighbouring rock. The group calls for the police, but the policemen - constable Lebeda and captain Hruška - find only a sleeeping man named Jiří Hromada, an employee of the regional archives, instead of a corpse. Tomcat turns into a laughing stock and his friend Lucie is the only one to believe him. The boy is firmly convinced that Hromada simulated his sleep and lied to the detectives. He thus sets off to the cave for a second time, discovering a glass fragment and a secret exit there. When he gets into some conflict with a gamekeeper called Pazdera, he is almost killed by a falling stone. At the same time, the château Kotov is burgled and it seems to Tomcat that his deduction of all the circumstances leads to the culprits of both the murder and the robbery. Lucie makes him confess this to Hruška but the captain pays no attention to his explanation. Tomcat thus decides to lay a trap for Hromada and his potential accomplices. He writes Hromada a letter, telling him that he knows about the robbery and asking for a share which should be handed over up on Hláska. He needs three mountaineer's hooks in order to get there, but has only two. He is helped out by Jožin. Hromada agrees to the meeting but, climbing up Hláska, when he should back up Tomcat, he intentionally drops the rope. Tomcat is saved by Jožin's third hook. In the ensuing fight with Hromada and the forester Pazdera, Tomcat is helped by his friends, who secretly followed him, and Lucie. The dramatic situation is solved by the arrival of the police who arrest the criminals. Tomcat gains respect from everybody because his deduction proved right.

Cast

Kamil Koula

Ivan Kočička zvaný Kocour

Stanislav Dvořák

René

Zdeněk Komínek

Jožin

Ladislav Mrkvička

vedoucí oddílu oddílu zvaný Bobs

Jaroslav Moučka

kapitán VB Stanislav Hruška

Lubomír Kostelka

strážmistr VB Lebeda

Karel Semerád

archivář Jiří Hromada

Jaroslav Satoranský

poručík VB Světinský

Ladislav Křiváček

hajný Pazdera

Zdena Herfortová

Luciina matka

Jana Tomečková

Kocourova matka

Vladimír Hrubý

dědek Cvrček, svědek

Viliam Polónyi

dědek Fanek Tomeček, svědek

Stanislav Tříska

Gazda, vedoucí hotelu Kotov

Marek Mikušek

Francek

Anežka Sládková

stařenka

Marcela Hynčicová

Bobsova žena

Václav Erban

moderátor pátrací realace

Věra Nováková

Hrušková, kapitánova manželka

Luboš Vraspír

příslušník VB

František Houdek

příslušník VB

Eva Matalová

babička

František Heneman

stařeček

Roman Mecnarowski

oddávající úředník

Peter Debnár

řezník

Karel Hoffmann

výčepní

Daniela Rabinská

dívka

děti z Gottwaldovska

Richard Holčák

dubl - Kocour

Jaroslav Žalud

dubl - Bobs

Miroslav Kostiha

dubl - Bobs

Dubbing

Gustav Bubník

hlas Kocoura

Erik Pardus

hlas Reného

Ilona Svobodová

hlas Lucie

Mirko Musil

hlas Tomečka

Vladimír Švabík

hlas příslušníka VB

Josef Patočka

hlas stařečka

Petr Skarke

hlas oddávajího úředníka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zdeněk Zydroň

Assistant Director

František Hlaváček, Eva Cvrčková

Screenstory

Vojtěch Vacke

Second Unit Photography

Arne Parduba

Camera Operator

Petr Hlisnikovský

Production Designer

Zdeněk Rozkopal

Set Designer

Miroslav Juras, František Santarius, Šťovíček Josef st.

Costume Designer

Taťána Havlíčková

Production Manager

Jaromír Úlehla

Unit Production Manager

Alena Pekařová, Vladimír Prager

Consultant

Jiří Houšť, Jaroslav Žalud

Cooperation

Josef Havlíček, Jana Školoutová, Ladislav Procházka, Zdeněk Skaunic, Vlasta Malotová, Marie Vrlová, Aleš Wimmer, Josef Celerin (2)

Music

Music Composed by

Harry Macourek

Music Performed by

Studiový orchestr

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (Studiový orchestr)

Songs

bez názvu, Cikánka, Kde je sládek, tam je mládek, Když si náš dědeček babičku bral

Songwriter

Harry Macourek (bez názvu), Karel Vacek (Cikánka)

Writer of Lyrics

Jiří Oulík (bez názvu)

Singer

dětský sbor (bez názvu), sbor (Kde je sládek, tam je mládek), sbor (Když si náš dědeček babičku bral)

Production info

Original Title

Třetí skoba pro Kocoura

English Title

A Third Piton for the Cat

Copyright

1983

Production Year

1983

Premiere

01.11.1984

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 24. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1984
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 24. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1984
Zlín / Czechoslovakia