The Five

children, comedy

Typology

feature

Czech title

Pětka s hvězdičkou

Runtime

74

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1985

Production year

1985

Premiere

01.01.1987

Language version

Czech

Director

Miroslav Balajka

Screenplay

Jiří Jilík, Miroslav Balajka

Screenstory

Jiří Jilík

Summary

Miroslav Balajka’s directing debut came in 1985 with this film produced at Film Studios Gottwaldov. It came along as the next film in an extensive 1980s list of Czechoslovak films made for children and young people. In Pětka s hvězdičkou (The Five), Jan Hartl plays young teacher Petr Mikeš, who is starting his job at an elementary school in Čejkovice, south Moravia. There is a quintet of close friends among Mikeš’s seventh-graders, rascals who never cease to amaze the good-natured teachers with their antics. But the mischievous boys also succeed in clearing the teacher of an unjust accusation… The film amounts to a light entertainment that fulfils the era’s idealised image of the sunny south Moravian countryside where the locals have nothing more serious to deal with than the efforts of a bachelor teacher in search of a suitable bride. Other points of interest are the “politically correct” inclusion of Štefan, the Roma member of the fivesome, and the fact that the only real threat in the vicinity is the village drunkard.

Synopsis

The young teacher Petr Mikeš starts work at the elementary school in the South-Moravian village of Čejkovice. He becomes responsible for the seventh grade. Its most distinct pupils are five inseparable friends whose imagination in inventing all kinds of pranks is boundless. But they are good-hearted and their hijinks are far from evil. They are nevertheless able to make even Mikeš dizzy. Right from the start, he gets into trouble because of a palm tree which the boys give him for his unfurnished flat. The plant has come from the hall of a community centre where it had chastely shaded the naked sculpture of Thalia. Mikeš's colleagues urge him to be more strict with the pupils, but he has understanding for the children - because their peculiar behaviour can sometimes even be useful. For example, when they take a shortcut during paramilitary training, they spot a fire in the cooperative haystack and extinguish it. They also reveal to Mikeš that his fellow-citizens want to marry him off to make him stay in the village. Mikeš can thus prepare some defence - he does, after all, have his girlfriend Petra. She soon visits him. While walking in the vineyards, the old teacher Vrbecký invites them for some new wine, and also the boys to a campfire by the lake. It was a beautiful evening. On their way home, the boys hear the holler of some drunks and imitate them. A neighbour called Hlaváčková then spreads a rumour in the village that the teacher got drunk with the boys, that they caused a disturbance and broke the roof of Vrbecký's wine cellar. The boys certainly cannot leave things like this. They bring the unfinished bottle found by the wine cellar to the old vintner Zemek and the connoisseur determines that its contents is the vintage Valtellina wine of the old Pavelčík. The real culprit - Pavelčík junior - is thus exposed. Petra moves in to the teacher's place. The boys want to surprise the couple and construct a coloured music machine for them. When they play it to the flabbergasted lovers, the machine causes a short circuit and sets the flat on fire. The louty Matička uses the fire extinguisher and covers the entire newly equipped living room with foam. Mikeš stays stoically calm; he knows that he will go through many more escapades with the boys.

Film online

Cast

Jan Bílek (2)

žák Staňo Matička

Miroslav Kučera (2)

žák zvaný Edison

Ladislav Vávra

žák Štefan Daniel zvaný Daňo

Matouš Rajmont

žák Fero Ondráček

Richard Krpal

žák Rosťa

Kateřina Filípková

žákyně Broňa

Marie Komňacká

žákyně Monika Hanáčková

Jan Hartl

učitel Petr Mikeš

Dušan Blaškovič

ředitel školy Švanda

Iva Hüttnerová

učitelka Mlýnková zvaná Boba

Marián Zednikovič

tělocvikář Žížalka

Jozef Pražmári

učitel Lakmus

Václav Babka

učitel Polda Vrbecký

Václav Sloup

školník Říha

Eva Řepíková

Maruna, Říhova žena

Zdeněk Dvořák

Matičkův otec

Miroslava Kolářová

Matičkova matka

Simona Stašová

zubní instrumentářka Andula Hanáčková, Moničina matka

Milena Steinmasslová

učitelka Anna Horáková

Barbora Štěpánová

učitelka mateřs.školy Milada Urban

Jaroslav Kuneš

předseda JZD

Irena Visnarová

Petra, Mikešova dívka

Stanislav Tříska

řezník Josefík

Břetislav Rychlík

listonoš Vrána

Mojmír Maděrič

Jožka Fornúsek

Miroslav Uhlíř

Ferův otec

Alois Liškutín

strýc Pavelčík

Richard Šabata

kulturista Jura, Pavelčíkův syn

Petr Havránek

Toníček

Eva Matalová

sousedka

Marta Kratochvílová

Miluška

Milena Marcilisová

úřednice MNV

Dubbing

Oldřich Vlach

hlas Ferova otce

Lubomír Kostelka

hlas vinaře Zemka

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Ivan Frič

Assistant Director

Zdeňka Tkadlečková, Zdeňka Stiborová

Screenstory

Jiří Jilík

Script Editor

Jan Gogola

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Kolář

Camera Operator

Miloš Mališka, Miroslav Makarov

Production Designer

Petr Smola

Set Designer

Josef Vojtášek

Costume Designer

Dana Hávová

Film Editor

Ivan Matouš

Sound Designer

Josef Javořík

Production Manager

Zdeněk Stibor

Unit Production Manager

Věra Kopecká, Jiří Zemanec

Cooperation

Josef Havlíček, Jiří Krška, Zdeněk Skaunic, Hana Daňková

Music

Music Composed by

Ondřej Soukup

Selected Music

Václav Dobiáš (Polka míru)

Songs

Točilo se švarné dívča, Šohajíčku, čí jsi, pěkný jsi, My jsme kluci z Moravy, U muziky su já chlap, Cikán, černý cikán, A já mám koníčka vraného, V pohodě, Holky z naší školky, Hej, koně moje, Chajda malá

Songwriter

lidová píseň (Točilo se švarné dívča), lidová píseň (Šohajíčku, čí jsi, pěkný jsi), lidová píseň (U muziky su já chlap), Jiří Červený (Cikán, černý cikán), Adolf Školka (Cikán, černý cikán) (úprava), Karel Vágner (V pohodě), Karel Vágner (Holky z naší školky), lidová píseň (Hej, koně moje)

Writer of Lyrics

Jan Krůta (V pohodě), Pavel Žák (Holky z naší školky)

Singer

dětský sbor (Točilo se švarné dívča), dětský sbor (Šohajíčku, čí jsi, pěkný jsi), dětský sbor (My jsme kluci z Moravy), Břetislav Rychlík (U muziky su já chlap), Ladislav Vávra (A já mám koníčka vraného), Petr Kotvald (V pohodě), Stanislav Hložek (V pohodě), Břetislav Rychlík (Hej, koně moje), sbor (Chajda malá)

Production info

Original Title

Pětka s hvězdičkou

English Title

The Five

Working Title

To jsme, prosím, nebrali /filmová povídka/

Copyright

1985

Production Year

1985

Premiere

01.01.1987

Technical info

Format

DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 26. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1986
Zlín / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 8. festival české a slovenské filmové veselohry Nové Město nad Metují

1986
Nové Město nad Metují / Czechoslovakia
Miroslav Balajka

Vítěz

Exhibition: 18. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1986
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia
Jan Hartl

Vítěz

Festival: 20. filmový festival mladých Trutnov

1986
Trutnov / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Exhibition: 18. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov nad Ohří

1986
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia

Vítěz

Festival: 26. festival filmů pro děti Gottwaldov

1986
Zlín / Czechoslovakia