Winning Quietly

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1984

Production year

1984

Premiere

1 March 1986

Runtime

73 min

Category

film

Genre

children

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Vyhrávat potichu

Czech title

Vyhrávat potichu

English title

Winning Quietly

Summary

This 1984 football comedy from director Drahomírá Králová is the first film to feature young actor Filip Blažek. With two successful children’s films already under her belt, this time Králová relates the tale of 11-year-old schoolboy and talented footballer Honza, the star player in a rural youth team. The boy's passion for football experiences a major test when his father is severely injured by drunk-driver Ferenc. A group of boys devises an original way to get back at the local drunkard. Pavel Nový and Lenka Termerová play Honza’s parents in this film intended for youngsters of all ages. Also in their debut performances are two child actors who would go on to become successful film directors – Radim Špaček and Jiří Strach.

Synopsis

Most of the boys in the village of Podolí live for football. The local prima donna is the eleven-year old Honza Šedivý, while his younger brother Ondra prefers breeding rabbits and fishing. The coach of the boys' eleven is Honza's and Ondra's father who is selflessly devoted to football even to the detriment of the works necessary at the family house. He also teaches the boys modesty - "to win quietly", without boasting and showing off. Several boys, headed by Honza, establish a Golden Football Brotherhood, swearing fidelity to each other and the game. Honza must undergo surgery because of heel protuberances and, after it, has his legs in plaster up to the knees. That day, new cabins are opened and celebrated with a big match. Father Šedivý is the goalkeeper for the local team. He does not do well, lets in three goals and the drunk Ferenc spits in his face after the match. Ondra bears his father's insult heavily. He renounces football and he and his friend Radka are thus expelled from the Brotherhood. The boy is sad and seeks revenge by cutting all the footballs into pieces. Then, he has to give all his savings to his father to buy new ones. Ondra and Radka are later admitted to the Brotherhood again. The children decide to punish Ferenc. They release pigs from his piggery, let him fall into melted asphalt and fix a beehive on the door of his house. A match between the schoolchildren and the old lot is held. Father Šedivý catches excellently, Ondra kicks the winning goal and even the mother, Mrs Šedivá, comes to watch "her boys".

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Cast

Filip Blažek

Honza Šedivý

Filip Železný

Ondra, Honzův bratr

Libuše Kaprálová

Radka Koubová

Gabriela Jeřábková

grácie Jitka

Michaela Flenerová

grácie Hanka

Daniela Obdržálková

grácie Lenka

Jana Badalová

Janinka

Miroslav Lochman

Tesil

Roman Bednář

Pitrýs

Jiří Ťoupal

Péťa

Pavel Nový

otec Šedivý, trenér malých fotbalistů

Lenka Termerová

matka Šedivá Andulka

Ladislav Křiváček

strýc Josef Bejček

Nina Divíšková

teta Bláža

Jan Kuželka

bagrista Ruda

Oldřich Velen

hospodský

Hana Brejchová

Péťova maminka

Jitka Zelenohorská

Radčina maminka

Petr Husák

domýšlivý kluk

Václav Stýblo

předseda

Alena Konopíková

manželka Ference

Jiří Strach

akvarista

Jaroslav Šára (2)

akvarista

Jakub Jirásek

fotbalista

Jan Konečný

fotbalista

Tomáš Svoboda (3)

fotbalista

Jiří Klenot

dědek Matějka

Jaroslav Vlk

bába Matějková

Roman Fišer

Páráček

Josef Hejzlar

párkař

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Milan Klacek

Assistant Director

Zdeněk Fiala, Corina Schlesingerová

Screenstory

Jan Krůta

Script Editor

Jana Knitlová

Director of Photography

Vladimír Smutný

Second Unit Photography

Karel Dobřichovský

Camera Operator

Jiří Maxa

Production Designer

Jan Oliva

Set Designer

Jiří Forst

Costume Designer

Marta Kaplerová

Film Editor

Dalibor Lipský

Sound Designer

Antonín Kravka

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Jana Koubová, Zuzana Kovaříková

Unit Production Manager

Dalibor Fiksa

Music

Music Composed by

Jiří F. Svoboda

Music Performed by

FISYO (Music Conducted by Štěpán Koníček),

Songs

C'est la vie

Songwriter Jaromír Klempíř
Writer of Lyrics Jiří Štaidl
Singer Karel Gott

Co jste, hasiči

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Rudolf Hrušínský ml.Jan Kuželka

Majzl polka /Byla panna, měla pána/

Songwriter Antonín ModrJaroslav Řídký
Writer of Lyrics Slávek Ostrezí
Singer Jan KuželkaRudolf Hrušínský ml.

Lásko, bože, lásko

Songwriter lidová píseň
Singer Libuše Kaprálová

Production info

Original Title

Vyhrávat potichu

Czech Title

Vyhrávat potichu

English Title

Winning Quietly

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

children

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1984

Production Year

1984

Production specifications

literary Screenplay approved 18 January 1984
start of filming 18 April 1984
technical Screenplay approved 8 June 1984
end of filming 29 November 1984
projection approval 6 December 1984

Premiere

premiere 1 March 1986

Creative Group

4. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupina, Marcela Pittermannová (vedoucí 4. dramaturgicko-výrobní skupiny)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

73 min

Original length in metres

2 093 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