A Third Piton for the Cat

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1983

Production year

1983

Premiere

1 November 1984

Runtime

78 min

Category

film

Genre

detective, children

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Třetí skoba pro Kocoura

Czech title

Třetí skoba pro Kocoura

English title

A Third Piton for the Cat

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

Dubbing Gustav Bubník
Ivan Kočička zvaný Kocour

Stanislav Dvořák

Dubbing Erik Pardus
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

Dubbing Mirko Musil
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

Dubbing Vladimír Švabík
příslušník VB

František Houdek

příslušník VB

František Heneman

Dubbing Josef Patočka
stařeček

Roman Mecnarowski

Dubbing Petr Skarke
oddávající úředník

Karel Hoffmann

výčepní

Daniela Rabinská

dívka

děti z Gottwaldovska

Richard Holčák

dubl - Kocour

Jaroslav Žalud

dubl - Bobs

Miroslav Kostiha

dubl - Bobs

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zdeněk Zydroň

Assistant Director

František Hlaváček, Eva Cvrčková

Screenstory

Vojtěch Vacke

Director of Photography

Karel Kopecký

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),

Songs

bez názvu

Songwriter Harry Macourek
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Oulík
Singer dětský sbor

Cikánka

Songwriter Karel Vacek

Kde je sládek, tam je mládek

Singer sbor

Když si náš dědeček babičku bral

Singer sbor

Production info

Original Title

Třetí skoba pro Kocoura

Czech Title

Třetí skoba pro Kocoura

English Title

A Third Piton for the Cat

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

detective, children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1983

Production Year

1983

Premiere

premiere 1 November 1984

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

78 min

Original length in metres

2 228 meters

Distribution carrier

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: 24. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1984
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 24. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1984
Zlín / Czechoslovakia