Lucy, Terror of the Street

children, comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Lucie, postrach ulice

Runtime

74

Country

Czechoslovakia, Federal Republic of Germany

Copyright

1983

Production year

1979, 1980, 1983

Premiere

01.10.1984

Language version

Czech

Director

Jindřich Polák

Screenplay

Ota Hofman, Jindřich Polák

Screenstory

Ota Hofman

Summary

The eponymous heroine of the popular children’s film Lucie, postrach ulice (Lucy, Terror of the Street) is a six-year-old girl about to start school after the summer holidays. But first she has to take on a gang of six older children led by Osvald, the mischievous son of a neighbour. He persuades the naive girl that they’ll let her join the gang only if she steals something from a department store. But instead of taking plasticine, Lucie encounters the Shapers, little plasticine men who have come to life and can do magic. Instantly all the kids in the neighbourhood want to be her friend. However, Osvald, deposed as leader, is out for revenge. That is the subject of the follow-up …a zase ta Lucie! (Lucy Again) (1984), again filmed by director Jindřich Polák in cooperation with screenwriter Ota Hofman. The pair are also known for the tales of a silent man with a magic bowler hat, Mr. Tau, and the comedy Chobotnice z II. Patra (Octopuses from the Second Floor) (1986). The two popular film comedies about the little girl were created as six half-hour television stories which Polák and Hofman produced as Luzie, der Schrecken der Straße (1980) for a West German channel. Czechoslovak Television did not broadcast the series at the time though it did reach domestic viewers four years later when the material was edited into two feature films… The focus in the popular children’s film is on the animated Shapers, voiced by Jiřina Bohdalová and Josef Dvořák. The frequently cast Žaneta Fuchsová, one of Polák’s favourite child actresses (he used her in Octopuses from the Second Floor and the Pan Tau [Tau] movie), took the role of Lucie. The part of the mischievous Osvald went to Michael Hofbauer, who the director had previously used in the Mr. Tau films. Otto Šimánek, who in that series portrayed Polák’s most popular character, appears in Lucy, Terror of the Street as a store detective.

Synopsis

Six year old Lucie came back from wonderful holiday at her grandfather. She is going to go to school for the very first time and she has at once three school bags - from her mother, her father and her grandfather. Her friends are not at home and the bunch of older children led by Osvald, the neighbour's boy does not want to let her among them. They do to the trustful girl various tricks and they even spend all money which they got for the sale of her two school bags, for sweets. In the end the malicious Osvald sends her to steal something to the department store as a test before she can be admitted to the bunch. Lucie tries to stael a plasticine of brand Ferda & Ferda and she is caught by a detective. But out of the box run away two plasticine figures and they change into a tassel on her cap. The director of the department store then the alleged thief releases with an excuse and a box of chocolates. The green and the orange figures know various magics. Lucie is watching her favourite series about the ruler of all seas. She would like to be like her. Thanks to the figures the living room is immediately fill of sea water, which is flowing even to the flat to the Osvalds and a bark with sails is pulling out from the TV. But before her parents come home the two figures manage to rectify the disaster. Thanks to the magic plasticine figures Lucie is attractive for other children. Osvald follows her, but the little girl runs away to her mother - a dentist to her consulting room. The plasticine figures change here into small frolic seals, and they attract to the dentist's room many children. Osvald stays alone and Lucie becomes the boss of the children bunch.

Note

The film Lucy, the Bugbear of the Street and its sequel Lucy Again were cut for cinema screening from the originally six-episodes series filmed by the Film Studio Barrandov for West-German television. The series was first shown under the title Luzie der Schrecken der Strasse by Westdeutscher Rundfunk in October 1980. The individual epizodes are listed in German sources as follows: 1. Luzie der Schrecken der Strasse, 2. Luzie kommt zur Schule, 3. Luzie und der Sommerschnee, 4. Luzie geht durch die Stadt, 5. Luzie und die schönen Zahnschmerzen, 6. Luzie und Friedrich & Friedrich.

Cast

Žaneta Fuchsová

Lucie Krausová

Daniela Kolářová

Luciina maminka, zubařka

Jaromír Hanzlík

Rudolf Kraus, Luciin tatínek

Jiří Pleskot

MUDr. Kraus, Luciin dědeček

Michael Hofbauer

Osvald Richter

Hana Maciuchová

Krista Richterová, Osvaldova maminka

Dagmar Patrasová

prodavačka

Zdeněk Dítě

ředitel obchodního domu

Otto Šimánek

detektiv obchodního domu

Saša Pirná

Maruška

Ota Bláha

kluk

Pavel Miko

kluk

Lukáš Bech

kluk u zubaře

Petr Pospíchal

mladík z dvojice s párky

Veronika Freimanová

dívka z dvojice s párky

Jiří Lír

recepční v nemocnici

Karel Peyr

muž u jezírka

Markéta Krbušková

představitelka Vládkyně moří v seriálu

Karel Hábl

Fantomas ve filmu

Jan Kuželka

zmrzlinář

Gert K. Müntefering

profesor Maruška v televizi

Antonín Klepáč

mim - údržbář na ulici

Miloslav Horáček

mim - údržbář na ulici

Jan Kreidl

kluk u zubaře

Marek Mikuláš

kluk u nemocnice

Commentary

Dubbing

Jitka Zelenohorská

hlas prodavačky

Jiřina Bohdalová

hlas zeleného formeláka Ferdy

Josef Dvořák

hlas oranžového formeláka Ferdy

František Peterka

hlas Fantomase

Milan Mach

hlas profesora Marušky

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milan Vácha

Assistant Director

Pavla Marková, Corina Schlesingerová

Screenstory

Ota Hofman

Camera

Josef Vaniš, Jiří Vojta (animace)

Second Unit Photography

Václav Helliman

Camera Operator

Bohumil Vodička

Production Designer

Karel Černý

Set Designer

Miloslav Dvořák, Matthari Bettina /loutky/

Make-Up Artist

Vladimír Petřina

Animation

Seishi Katto, Vladimír Plicka, Otmar Gutmann

Production Manager

Jan Šuster

Unit Production Manager

Jaroslav Bouček, Benešová Jarmila (2), Miloslav Doležal, Zuzana Kovaříková

Music

Music Composed by

Angelo Michajlov

Selected Music

Ludwig van Beethoven (Pro Elišku /Für Elise/ – klavírní skladba a moll)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

František Belfín (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Lucie, postrach ulice

English Title

Lucy, Terror of the Street

Parallel Title

Luzie, der Schrecken der Strasse

Copyright

1983

Production Year

1979, 1980, 1983

Premiere

01.10.1984

Creative Group

Stanislav Rudolf

Technical info

Format

Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech