The Second Move of the Pawn

spy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Druhý tah pěšcem

Runtime

78

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1984

Production year

1984

Premiere

01.11.1985

Language version

Czech

Director

Vít Olmer

Screenplay

Jaroslav Dietl

Screenstory

Jiří Čermák, Jaroslav Dietl

Summary

The 1980s even saw directors as distinguished as Vít Olmer unable to escape their “duty” to produce “politically engaged” films. And so, alongside his noted genre works such as Co je vám, doktore? (What’s the Matter With You, Doctor?, 1984), Jako jed (Like Poison, 1985) and Antonyho šance (Anthony’s Chance, 1986), we also find this 1984 spy drama about members of the Czechoslovak counter-intelligence services. Druhý tah pěšcem (The Second Move of the Pawn) relies on an enticing backdrop, similarly to other Olmer movies which offer well-crafted criminal themes. Jan Prokop, the central character, uncovers a plot contrived by Western spies, but he is forced to also battle his envious and incompetent colleague Libor. Also in the game are winsome colleague Petra and skilled scientist Jonáš – a man whom foreign intelligence services are seeking to recruit for a capitalistic arms firm. Karel Heřmánek assumes the lead role of communist spy Prokop. Jonáš is played by Olmer’s colleague, actor and director Karel Smyczek.

Synopsis

The officer of the Czechoslovak counter-intelligence, Jan Prokop, is a passionate chess-player and one can always find a chessboard with an open game in his office. Prokop and his subordinate Libor pursue the suspicious American Ramskey who is suspected of espionage but has not been caught yet. Prokop must leave for Brno to investigate another case and entrusts Ramskey to Libor. Libor contacts the American preliminarily which results in an international scandal. Prokop keeps Libor only after the intercession of his girlfriend Petra, with whom he is also in love. The two men are charged with another case. An unknown pickpocket sent the police a stolen wallet containing important espionage materials. Regular investigative methods lead nowhere. Prokop's only hope is a scrap of an envelope with a Canadian postage stamp and the word "Czech" written on it. Prokop decides to check on all correspondence mailed from Canada. Libor does not like the meticulous work, and uncomradely reports him for reportedly useless activity. But Prokop's effort brings results. It takes him to a young talented scientist Jonáš who works in the field of electronics. During further investigation Prokop finds out that Jonáš is not a spy but, on the contrary, a victim of a ploy which should have made him emigrate and work for an American armaments company. Prokop also reveals the real spy and his testimony moreover helps him convict Ramskey. He thus resolved the complicated case between two moves of a pawn. It seems that he may also gain Petra who broke up with Libor for his unscrupulous behaviour.

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Cast

Karel Heřmánek

důstojník kontrarozvědky Jan Prokop

Ondřej Pavelka

poručík Libor, Prokopův podřízený

Jana Paulová

Petra, pracovnice dešifrovacího oddělení

Jiří Samek

náčelník kontrarozvědky

Tomáš Töpfer

Milda, příslušník kontrarozvědky

Stanislava Bartošová

Anna Klánová

Karel Brožek

vedoucí krejčovství Richard Hofman

Vladimír Huber

knihkupec Sergio Lombardi

Karel Smyczek

inženýr Jonáš

Věra Vlčková

Frankelová, spojka z Vídně

Alena Kreuzmannová

sekretářka Lída

Veronika Jeníková

sekretářka Daniela

Oldřich Ortinský

Američan Ramskey

Jaroslav Kára

Karel

Zora Božinová

Prokopova matka

Eva Kudláčková

Michaela, Prokopova dcera

Jan Bartoš

náměstek ministra

Josef Bárta

ředitel výzkumného ústavu

Josef Hajdučík

náčelník kriminální služby

Ivo Helikar

nadstrážmistr VB

Radúz Chmelík

náměstek

Petr Pospíchal

strážmistr VB

Petr Popelka

vyšetřovatel Jirka

Jaroslav Someš

docent elektroniky

Barbora Štěpánová

recepční v Mikulově

Sylva Žáčková

rakouská turistka/Ramskeyova dívka

Vladimír Švabík

rakouský turista

Jan Křížek

kriminalista

Jitka Loužecká

tanečnice

Jan Hartmann

tanečník

Michaela Hoťková

tanečnice

Anna Chrapková

tanečnice

Jan Kolomazník

tanečník

Eva Králová-Hoffmanová

tanečnice

Jiří Krytinář

tanečník

Libor Mika

tanečník

Renata Schmiedtmajerová

tanečnice

Ivana Šeflová

tanečnice

Zdena Uhlířová-Thunová

tanečnice

Bohumil Vávra

kriminalista

Eduard Pavlíček

kriminalista

Ludvík Pozník

kriminalista

Jaromír Soušek

kriminalista

Miloslav Homola

laborant

Zdena Rulcová

průvodkyně

Elen Michajlová

průvodkyně

Zdena Lukášová

filatelistka

Soňa Novotná

prodavačka v knihkupectví

Martin Arendáš

kluk

Jiří Počta

diskžokej

Eva Čepická

tlumočnice

Milan Vágner

starý Vídeňák

Jarmila Holubová

mladá Rakušanka

Regina Křínková

mladá Rakušanka

Anna Šimonová

mladá Rakušanka

Josef Kůrečka

sklepník

Jan Komosný

bodrý Moravan

Alena Karešová

Jonášova kolegyně

Valerie Kaplanová

uklízečka v salónu

Karel Riegel

mladík ve sklípku

Karel Engel

kaskadér-řidič

Iva Petříčková

mladá žena

Václav Křístek

filatelista

Dubbing

Dalimil Klapka

hlas Richarda Hofmana

Gene Deitch

hlas Ramskeye

Kateřina Lírová

hlas recepční

Mirko Musil

hlas laboranta

Blanka Waleská

hlas Magdaleny Maříkové /mimo obraz/

Crew and creators

Director

Vít Olmer

Second Unit Director

Jan Křížek

Assistant Director

Václav Křístek, Jana Goetzová

Screenplay

Jaroslav Dietl

Shooting Script

Vít Olmer, Ota Kopřiva

Script Editor

Pavel Hajný

Second Unit Photography

Roman Pavlíček

Camera Operator

Tomáš Hampl

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Set Designer

Ivan Ernyei, Jiří Libánský, Dana Smržová, Miloš Sršeň

Costume Designer

Marta Kaplerová

Make-Up Artist

František Pilný, Zdenka Prchlíková, Dana Karpfingerová

Sound Designer

Jiří Moudrý

Production Manager

Jaromír Lukáš

Unit Production Manager

Jiří Synek, Milana Melcerová, Dagmar Pitráková

Unit Production Manager

Ondřej Sláma

Consultant

pplk. Jaroslav Beneš, kpt. JUDr. Josef Rambousek

Music

Music Composed by

Ondřej Soukup

Music Conducted by

Ondřej Soukup

Songs

Ulice Váci, Někdo nám do toho vlez, Po potoce chodila, Dvanáctá

Songwriter

Eduard Parma (Ulice Váci), Ondřej Soukup (Někdo nám do toho vlez), lidová píseň (Po potoce chodila), Ondřej Soukup (Dvanáctá)

Writer of Lyrics

Miroslav Černý (Ulice Váci), Boris Janíček (Někdo nám do toho vlez), Václav Křístek (Dvanáctá)

Singer

Jiří Korn (Ulice Váci), Jitka Zelenková (Někdo nám do toho vlez), Miloš Skalka (Někdo nám do toho vlez), Jakub Jakoubek (Někdo nám do toho vlez), mužský hlas (Dvanáctá)

Production info

Original Title

Druhý tah pěšcem

English Title

The Second Move of the Pawn

Copyright

1984

Production Year

1984

Premiere

01.11.1985

Creative Group

Josef Císař

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 4. soutěžní přehlídka filmů a televizních pořadů s bezpečnostní tematikou Terezín

1985
Terezín / Czechoslovakia