Emergency Call

crime

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Tísňové volání

Runtime

78 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1985

Production year

1985

Premiere

01.07.1986

Language version

Czech

Director

Miloš Zábranský

Summary

In addition to its peaceful inhabitants, the centre of Prague also gets its fair share of thieves, bullies, murderers and drug addicts. The crooks are fair game for police lieutenant Josef Kabát, played by Josef Vinklář, who tirelessly criss-crosses his beloved city in a trusty Volha service car. Kabát and his colleagues take action on the streets wherever and whenever needed, and also respond to emergency calls. But their everyday routine suddenly clashes with lieutenant Kabát’s personal life when items found in a burgled flat point to his son Pavel (Michal Dlouhý). It serves as a jolting reminder to the lead character that he has been neglecting his family duties for far too long… Following his debut film Poslední mejdan (The Last Binge, 1984), director Miloš Zábranský based Tísňové volání (Emergency Call, 1985) on a script co-written with seasoned screenwriter Otta Zelenka.

Synopsis

Police patrol cars drive through Prague's streets day and night. The member of the patrol responsible for the town centre is the experienced Lieutenant Josef Kabát. He lives in the Old Town Square and sincerely loves his native town. Before leaving for work, he briefly talks to his eighteen-year old son Pavel who has cancelled a planned trip with his friends to a cottage. Apart from Kabát in the police car, there are also Commander Kosek and a rookie by the name of Janík. The dispatchers send them to a car accident and then to a robbery. An old man called Ředina notices his neighbour's flat door wide open and is injured by the escaping young thieves. A leather jacket button and crushed glasses are found at the scene. It seems to Kabát that the things may belong to his son. He realizes how little time he has for him, the same as his wife who is a hospital nurse and often works night shifts. The patrol carries out routine controls, saves the life of an overdosed junkie and takes action against vandals. The same night, two aggresive youngsters violate and murder a young girl. Back from work in the morning, Kabát can see that Pavel was not at home at all. But his wife gets the address of his girlfriend and Kabát finds the son at her place. He verifies that the son is innocent but things begin to jar between the two men. The patrol takes action the next night, too. The murderers picked out a new victim and the patrol runs into them by accident when catching an escaping thief. Kabát prevents the crime from happening but is himself fatally stabbed by one of the aggressors.

Cast

Josef Vinklář

poručík Josef Kabát

Jiří Štěpnička

velitel hlídky VB podporučík Jiří Kosek

Michal Dlouhý

Pavel, Kabátův syn

Jana Březinová

Kabátova žena

Bronislav Černý

příslušník VB Honza Janík

Monika Kobrová

Aťka Zlonická, Pavlova dívka

Antoni Polarczyk

Tachecí zvaný Šunka

Oldřich Vlach

zloděj tržby

Petr Svárovský

vrchní František Sláma

Jan Krafka

číšník

Ferdinand Krůta

soused Tachecího

Věra Koktová

sousedova žena

Josef Patočka

František Ředina

Růžena Smolíková

Ředinova žena

Jan Pohan

major Zlesák

Pavel Purkrábek

holohlavý vrah

Aleš Baloun

tetovaný vrah

Nina Divíšková

oloupená žena

Renata Stádníková

kurvička

Jiří Kvasnička

zloděj ve spíži

Jan Kuželka

kuchař

Hana Talpová

zpěvačka při filmování

Jana Viščaková

prostitutka Maruška

Barbora Lukešová

mladá narkomanka

Roman Hájek

Béďa

Karel Bělohradský

řidič nákladního auta

Zdeněk Koudela

lupič

Miro Grisa

zloděj v montérkách

Rudolf A. Rosenfelder

násilník

Josef Starosta

násilník/tanečník

Jiří Schwarz

dispečer VB

Zdeněk Dolanský

dispečer VB

Stanislav Tříska

venkovan v nočním podniku

Jiří Havel

lékař

Dana Dostálová

dívka

Pavel Grégr

taxikář

Karel Ješátko

fotograf

Gaston Šubert

cizinec v hotelu

Mirko Musil

opilec

Tomáš Krejčík

diskžokej

Lukáš Bradáček

kluk

Roman Kašeljak

kluk

Miloslav Šindler

dopravní policista

Karel Karas

cizinec

Zdeněk Červený

muž s loutkou pštrosa

Karel Engel

příslušník VB

Tomáš Engel

pochůzkář VB

Eva Čechová

tanečnice

Eva Hofmanová

tanečnice

Kateřina Kotýnková

tanečnice

Jitka Loužecká

tanečnice

Renata Schmiedtmajerová

tanečnice

Ivana Šeflová

tanečnice

Dagmar Vlčková

tanečnice

Erik Farkaš

tanečník

Libor Mika

tanečník

Stanislav Šimek

tanečník

Ladislav Goral

tanečník

Stanislav Herda

muzikant

Gustav Konárek

muzikant

Jiří Koska

muzikant

Vítězslav Sutr

muzikant

Milan Vobliza

muzikant

Karel Smrž

muž ležící na ulici

Eva Weissová

žena v nočním podniku

Dubbing

Ilona Svobodová

hlas Aťky

Veronika Freimanová

hlas Marušky

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Josef Sandr

Assistant Director

Ivan Bareš, Milena Voborská

Screenstory

Otto Zelenka

Shooting Script

Miloš Zábranský

Script Editor

Alexander Lukeš

Second Unit Photography

Rudolf Jokl

Camera Operator

Jan Carda

Set Designer

Petr Matouš, Richard Staněk, Lubomír Kafka

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Antonín Kravka

Production Manager

Blažej Vráb

Unit Production Manager

Rudolf Mos, Evelyna Vrbová

Unit Production Manager

Přemysl Čermák

Consultant

plk. Vladislav Řepík

Cooperation

Renata Čihulková, Eva Horázná, Václav Litoš, Správa SNB hlavního města Prahy, Alena Červená, Správa SNB Středočeského kraje

Music

Music Composed by

Karel Růžička

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Mario Klemens (FISYO)

Production info

Original Title

Tísňové volání

English Title

Emergency Call

Working Title

Uprostřed města

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

crime

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1985

Production Year

1985

Premiere

01.07.1986

Creative Group

Josef Císař

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

78 min

Versions

Czech