Two Boys under Fire

children, drama

Typology

feature

Czech title

Dva kluci v palbě

Runtime

75

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1983

Production year

1983

Premiere

01.04.1985

Language version

Czech

Director

Václav Gajer

Screenplay

Bohumil Říha, Václav Gajer

Summary

In 1983, director Václav Gajer ended his filmmaking career with a wartime story of two young village boys, who in the spring of 1945 experience many adventures with their new-found friend – partisan Jan. During the 1970s, Gajer achieved renown for a film trilogy about an inquisitive Prague boy, experiencing holiday-time adventures while living with his grandfather-guardian (Pod Jezevčí skálou – Beneath Badger Rock, 1978; Na pytlácké stezce – On the Poacher’s Path, 1979; Za trnkovým keřem – Behind the Blackthorn, 1980). The escapist adventures continue with this adaptation of a work by Bohumila Říha. As in the trilogy, the nine-year-old central character is called Vašek – and also embarks on new adventures from a gamekeeper’s lodge. But instead of poachers, the young boy and his friend Dušan (David Strupek) encounter some malicious German snipers. Czech actors Jaroslava Obermaierová, Vítězslav Jandák and Jana Švandová join a cast also featuring Russian and German actors.

Synopsis

It is the spring of 1945. The nine-year old Vašek Boček lives with his parents in a gamekeeper's lodge outside a village. The father gamekeeper decides that they must escape to the mountains before the approaching front. They send Vašek to get their aunt, and the family with its cow then settles in an abandoned hayloft on the hillside of Skalka hill. The parents continue to the mountains to meet the partisans. Vašek, shepherding the cow, runs into the parachutist Jano and brings him for lunch to the hayloft. Jano's mission is to watch the moves of the Germans in the valley from the hill. In the afternoon, Jano brings over the boy Dušan whose father was taken away by the Germans to dig trenches. The aunt decides that Dušan should stay with them. The roaring of canons betrays that the front is getting closer. Jano, helped by the boys, digs a dugout shelter and orders everyone to move in there. Although forbidden to do so, the boys climb up Jano's observation post and must take cover from the German snipers. Jano shoots them. Soldiers and partisans come to Skalka, with Vašek's father among them. They prepare for a decisive attack. The boys, hidden in the dugout, listen to the shooting. But all of a sudden, it is quiet, the fighting is over. The partisans bring over the wounded including Jano. The boys look for the cow and find her by their demolished gamekeeper's lodge. The cow, however, steps on a mine and explodes. Although the village is burnt down, its inhabitants are happy - there is finally peace. Daddy comforts mum - they will build a new, more beautiful lodge in the time of peace.

Cast

Jakub Štěpán

Vašek Boček

David Strupek

Dušan

Stanislav Král

parašutista Jano

Jevgenij Šutov

staršina

Jevgenij Žarikov

starší seržant

Ljudmila Gladunko

zdravotní sestra Rima

Boris Tokarev

mladší seržant

Hans-Jürgen Pabst

německý poručík

Hartmut Beer

rotný

Elke Brosch

zdravotní sestra

Jiří Havel

rotný

Karel Hovorka

Lojzík

Karol Orban

Jarda

Pavel Cajzl

kaskadér

Pavel Cechl

kaskadér

Petr Klein

kaskadér

Ladislav Kocourek

kaskadér

Jan Kriesman

kaskadér

Zdeněk Krumpl

kaskadér

Jiří Kuba

kaskadér

Lubomír Mindoš

kaskadér

Martin Novák (2)

kaskadér

Josef Pechanec

kaskadér

Petr Sekanina

kaskadér

Miroslav Schauer

kaskadér

Zbyněk Šmakal

kaskadér

Jaroslav Špáňa

kaskadér

Jaroslav Tomsa

kaskadér

Ivan Varga

kaskadér

Karel Vávrovec

kaskadér

Václav Veverka

kaskadér

Jaroslav Vlk

kaskadér

Pavel Želízko

kaskadér

Dubbing

Tomáš Holý

hlas Vaška

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Vladimír Zelenka

Assistant Director

Martin Faltýn, Eliška Vojtová, Hana Kozlová

Based on

Bohumil Říha (Dva kluci v palbě – román)

Second Unit Photography

Pavel Nečesal

Camera Operator

Lubomír Moravec

Production Designer

Jan Oliva

Set Designer

Miloslav Dvořák, Dvořák Josef (výprava), Vladimír Ježek, Milan Šilha

Costume Designer

Marta Kaplerová

Film Editor

Petr Sitár

Sound Designer

Adam Kajzar

Production Manager

Vladimír Vojta

Unit Production Manager

Milana Melcerová, Ivan Helcl

Unit Production Manager

Michal Hvozdák, Karel Lupoměský

Consultant

genpor. František Šádek

Music

Music Composed by

Luboš Sluka

Selected Music

Ludwig van Beethoven (Symfonie č. 5 c moll /Osudová/), Dmitrij Šostakovič (Symfonie č. 7 C dur)

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (FISYO)

Songs

Kalinka, Povedzte mojej materi, ruská vojenská píseň, Jičínský pan farář pěkně káže, In der Heimat, da gibt's ein Wiedersehen

Songwriter

lidová ruská píseň (Kalinka), Wilhelm Lindemann (In der Heimat, da gibt's ein Wiedersehen)

Writer of Lyrics

Wilhelm Lindemann (In der Heimat, da gibt's ein Wiedersehen – píseň)

Singer

Stanislav Král (Povedzte mojej materi), Jevgenij Šutov (ruská vojenská píseň), Jaroslava Obermaierová (Jičínský pan farář pěkně káže), sbor (In der Heimat, da gibt's ein Wiedersehen)

Production info

Original Title

Dva kluci v palbě

English Title

Two Boys under Fire

Copyright

1983

Production Year

1983

Premiere

01.04.1985

Creative Group

Stanislav Rudolf

Technical info

Versions

Czech