Two on Horseback, One on a Donkey

musical

Typology

feature

Czech title

Dva na koni, jeden na oslu

Runtime

127

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1986

Production year

1986

Premiere

01.02.1987

Language version

Czech

Director

Jiří Sequens

Screenplay

Jiří Sequens

Summary

Based on an eponymous play by Oldřich Daňek, the film version was brought to the screen in 1986 as the final film from experienced director Jiří Sequens. This musical comedy set in the 14th century, during the reign of King Wenceslaus IV of Bohemia, has a trio of mercenaries as its main characters. Hřbet, Zajíc and Svatý are returning to Bohemia from Aquitania in order to join up with local forces there. During their trip through the Czech countryside, our heroes frequently get mixed up with the wrong side, and consequently repeatedly find themselves on the receiving end of a good thrashing. Yet, in all these battles and scuffles, they retain the moral high ground. The trio are played by actors Jaromír Hanzlík, Svatopluk Skopal and Radoslav Brzobohatý. The roles of the villainous noblemen, with whom the trio become entangled, are played by Josef Vinklář and Jan Čenský. The historical backdrop is enriched via the songs of Vítězslav Hádl, with lyrics by Vladimír Sís, reflecting the contemporary Czech fad for electronic music.

Synopsis

It is the 14th century. Three mercenaries wander through the country. Two of them, nicknamed Chine and Rabbit, travel on horseback, the poorest of them, called Saint, on a donkey called Moses. Chine finds a skeleton of a hand and a bracelet with precious stones in it in a brook. In a roadhouse, the deaf-and-dumb fool Dog's Foot reports to the publican and his pretty wife Perchta by movements of his agile body that guests are coming. The orphaned girl Bezka also works in the boozer. Her father was murdered years ago by the elusive Band of the Cross which marks its victims – rich merchants – with a cross on their foreheads. While Rabbit cannot resist Perchta's seduction, Saint loses all their property and the donkey in a dice game. But Chine bets the bracelet and they get everything back. The wealthy feudal lord Mátoha of Prám hires the threesome to bring him back his daughter Běta, who was kidnapped by the young Chval of Drslavice. The mercenaries get to the kidnapper by a trick, capture him and transport him to the fortress of Prám. But Mátoha is somewhat unwilling to pay them for their service. Běta, who wants to marry Chval, comes in soon, wearing an earring in her ear which matches the bracelet. She starts to quarrel with her father and, outraged, labels him a chief of highwaymen. But Chval teams up with Mátoha, and Dog's Foot lures the two mercenaries out to the rocks to the bodies of several massacred Arabian merchants. People call for the village magistrate who proclaims the soldiers to be robbers and arrests them. The royal district administrator sentences them to be hanged. The people behind the Band of the Cross, however, are in fact Chval, Mátoha and the magistrate. The girl Bezka bribes Dog's Foot by making love to him and gets to the cell. She has grasped who actually killed her father and helps the convicts escape. Instead of the plundering predatory noblemen their faithful innocent servants are hung with sacks on their heads. The disappointed fool Dog's Foot sets Mátoha's fortress Prám on fire out of revenge. The mercenaries, who now all leave on horseback, take Bezka with them. Now, it is the girl who is on the donkey.

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Cast

Sylva Sequensová

sirotek Bezka

Jiří Sova

Psí noha

Josef Vinklář

Mátoha z Prámu, Bětin otec

Boris Rösner

Píšťalka

Jan Přeučil

rychtář

Jan Čenský

Chval z Drslavic

Václav Sloup

správce Meloun

Stanislav Fišer

putykář, Perchtin muž

Bořivoj Navrátil

královský hejtman

Petr Drozda

Kadeřavý

Karel Engel

Hoňsobě

Václav Höfler

Primo

Ernest Valko

Primo II.

Dušan Vobecký

Primo III.

Michal Dymek

Secundo

Martin Pacek

Secundo II.

Oldřich Táborský

Secundo III.

Antonín Urbánek

Secundo IV.

Jaromír Růžička

Tertio

Robert Plesný

Quarto

Jana Aitnerová

tanečnice

Aleš Baloun

tanečník

Dana Boušíová

tanečnice

Lenka Bulíčková

tanečnice

Vlastimil Carda

tanečník

Iva Cigániková

tanečnice

Dana Čižinská

tanečnice

Michal Dluhý

tanečník

Jiří Drgáč

tanečník

Rostislav Filgas

tanečník

Danka Floriánová

tanečnice

Tomáš Forejt

tanečník

Marcela Fränzlová

tanečnice

Hana Fridrichovská

tanečnice

Luděk Frydrych

tanečník

Dana Gregorová

tanečnice

Romana Hájková

tanečnice

Iva Hechtbergerová

tanečnice

Alice Hlasová

tanečnice

Michaela Hosnedlová

tanečnice

Simona Chytrová

tanečnice

Vjačeslav Ivanov

tanečník

Dana Jandová

tanečnice

Kamil Jedlička

tanečník

Josef Kalík

tanečník

Jaroslav Kantor

tanečník

Ivana Klemptová

tanečnice

Renata Křížová

tanečnice

Jan Kuchař

tanečník

Miroslava Marešová

tanečnice

Zuzana Mejzlíková

tanečnice

Ivana Michková

tanečnice

Dagmar Morcinková

tanečnice

Luboš Oravec

tanečník

Jiří Pixa

tanečník

František Skalák

tanečník

Zuzana Sýkorová

tanečnice

Vladislav Šebesta

tanečník

Petr Šebestián

tanečník

Helena Šuranská

tanečnice

Jaroslav Šuranský

tanečník

Petr Tesař

tanečník

Michal Tesař

tanečník

Rudolf Tichý

tanečník

Peter Tomašovič

tanečník

Pavel Veselý

tanečník

Karla Vitnerová

tanečnice

Pavel Vokoun

tanečník

Ludmila Vrbická

tanečnice

Jan Weisner

tanečník

Vladimír Maňhal

tanečník

Lenka Mihoková

tanečnice

Milana Mihoková

tanečnice

Eva Jeníčková

sólová tanečnice

Miroslav Grác

důstojník

Arnošt Böhm

kaskadér

Pavel Cajzl

kaskadér

Roman Eppert

kaskadér

Josef Farkaš

kaskadér

Ivan Furák

kaskadér

Josef Hrubý

kaskadér

František Jákl

kaskadér

Petr Jákl

kaskadér

Miroslav Jíra

kaskadér

Jiří Kalenský

kaskadér

Jaroslav Klenot

kaskadér

Jiří Klenot

kaskadér

Ladislav Kocourek

kaskadér

Zbyněk Krákora

kaskadér

Pavel Krátký

kaskadér

Jiří Kraus

kaskadér

Jaroslav Kubeš (2)

kaskadér

Ladislav Lahoda

kaskadér

Zdeněk Matěcha

kaskadér

Jaroslav Palkoska

kaskadér

Jindřich Sejk

kaskadér

Petr Sekanina

kaskadér

Oldřich Semerák

kaskadér

Roman Skramuský

kaskadér

Miroslav Smolík

kaskadér

Pavel Svojanovský

kaskadér

Květoslav Štora

kaskadér

Karel Vávrovec

kaskadér

Jaroslav Vlk

kaskadér

Michaela Štěpánková

tanečnice

Vladimír Weigner

horolezec

Petr Svoboda (2)

horolezec

Jaroslav Ticháček

horolezec

Crew and creators

Assistant Director

Eliška Moulisová, Olga Hrčková, Irena Krestová

Based on

Oldřich Daněk (Dva na koni, jeden na oslu – divadelní hra)

Screenplay

Jiří Sequens

Shooting Script

Jiří Sequens

Script Editor

Věra Kalábová

Second Unit Photography

Oldřich Kovář

Production Designer

Jiří Hlupý

Set Designer

Miloslav Dvořák

Costume Designer

Jan Kropáček

Film Editor

Petr Sitár

Sound Designer

Vladimír Skall

Special Effects

Jiří Šimunek, Boris Masník, Miroslav Šnábl

Production Manager

Karel Kochman, Petr Prejda

Unit Production Manager

Jarmila Tomišková, Eliška Sekavová, Hana Jarošová, Adriena Jirková

Unit Production Manager

Jana Jeřábková, Aleš Týbl

Consultant

František Michálek, Jaroslav Tomsa, Petr Hanuš

Cooperation

Zuzana Koblížková, Helena Lehovcová, Magda Hájková, Viktor Čahoj (práce se zvířaty), Václav Hlávka, Růžena Hejsková, Martin Malý, Václav Kuba (pyrotechnik), V. Svojtka, R. Silverio, Jiří Zahrádka

Music

Music Composed by

Vítězslav Hádl

Music Performed by

Studiový orchestr

Music Conducted by

Vítězslav Hádl (Studiový orchestr)

Songs

Nám toulavým, Zbožných mužů povinnosti, Znám jen chvíli, Čas motýlích her /Drslavské intermezzo/, Kančí hody /Prámské intermezzo/, Oslí requiem, Bezčina láska, Nám toulavým

Songwriter

Vítězslav Hádl (Nám toulavým), Vítězslav Hádl (Zbožných mužů povinnosti), Vítězslav Hádl (Znám jen chvíli), Vítězslav Hádl (Čas motýlích her /Drslavské intermezzo/), Vítězslav Hádl (Kančí hody /Prámské intermezzo/), Vítězslav Hádl (Oslí requiem), Vítězslav Hádl (Bezčina láska), Vítězslav Hádl (Nám toulavým)

Writer of Lyrics

Vladimír Sís (Nám toulavým), Vladimír Sís (Zbožných mužů povinnosti), Vladimír Sís (Znám jen chvíli), Vladimír Sís (Čas motýlích her /Drslavské intermezzo/), Vladimír Sís (Kančí hody /Prámské intermezzo/), Vladimír Sís (Oslí requiem), Vladimír Sís (Bezčina láska), Vladimír Sís (Nám toulavým)

Singer

Radoslav Brzobohatý (Nám toulavým), Jaromír Hanzlík (Nám toulavým), Svatopluk Skopal (Nám toulavým), Sylva Sequensová (Nám toulavým), Sbor Pavla Kühna (Zbožných mužů povinnosti), Jaromír Hanzlík (Znám jen chvíli), Dagmar Veškrnová-Havlová (Znám jen chvíli), Eva Jeníčková [dab] (Čas motýlích her /Drslavské intermezzo/), Lída Nopová (Čas motýlích her /Drslavské intermezzo/), skupina Bezinky (Čas motýlích her /Drslavské intermezzo/), Sbor Pavla Kühna (Kančí hody /Prámské intermezzo/), Svatopluk Skopal (Oslí requiem), Sbor Pavla Kühna (Oslí requiem), Sylva Sequensová (Bezčina láska), skupina Golem (Nám toulavým)

Danced by

Čs.státní soubor písní a tanců, Vysokoškolský umělecký soubor UK, Balet Laterny magiky, Společnský taneční klub DKDP Praha

Production info

Original Title

Dva na koni, jeden na oslu

English Title

Two on Horseback, One on a Donkey

Copyright

1986

Production Year

1986

Premiere

01.02.1987

Creative Group

Josef Císař

Technical info

Versions

Czech