Injury

short-story, narrative

Typology

feature

Czech title

Úraz

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1987

Production year

1987

Language version

Czech

Director

Martin Faltýn

Screenplay

Milan Ležák, Martin Faltýn

Synopsis

The young miner Ondřej is on the way to his new job. He is on a bus full of his future colleagues. The signalman Čáp has a swollen face but resolutely refuses to see the company dentist. Ondřej conceals that he originally wanted to be a journalist but did not pass the entrance exams. He apprenticed as a miner, and when the signalman is wounded, the inexperienced Ondřej is assigned to replace him. Čáp scrounges cigarettes from him and refuses to tell how several colleagues fell into a pit full of water-dissolved coal dust – the so-called sludge. The temperamental Miška Preslová is admired by all the boys for her wild appeal and willingness to flirt. This is why Čáp's careworn wife Božka writes slanderous notices about her on the pit wagons. At the very moment when Čáp flirts with Miška, he is supposed to lower the chief engineer Tomanec into the mining pit. But the lift goes down too rapidly due to his lack of attention, and Tomanec rewards him by a decent slap across his face after his return. Now, the elderly signalman really must see the dentist. The accident is soon published in the company newspaper Miner's Lamp. Čáp senses that the article was written by Ondřej, nicknamed Writer for his fondness of recording various events. Ondřej eventually receives his royalty for the article – a slap from Čáp. The jolly Miška seduces Ondřej who is speedily thrown into the sludge because "those who catch fire must be cooled down".

Cast

Ondřej Vetchý

horník Ondřej

František Řehák

signalista Honza Čáp zvaný Dramo

Johana Tesařová

Miška Preslová

Eduard Cupák

hlavní inženýr Václav Tomanec

Jiří Schmitzer

zubař MUDr. Dundr

Lenka Termerová

Božka, Čápova žena

Míla Myslíková

štajgrová Helenka

Pavel Nový

strojník

Vlastimil Zavřel

horník Demeter

Martin Hron

signalista Wimr

Helena Růžičková

zdravotní sestra

Bořík Procházka

bezpečnostní technik

Robert Vrchota

starší horník

Dana Horčicová

sekretářka Anička

Jan Cmíral

redaktor

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Robert Vacík, Pavel Dvorský

Assistant Director

Milena Voborská, Renata Čihulková

Based on

František Stavinoha (Figurky ze šmantů – kniha povídek)

Shooting Script

Martin Faltýn

Second Unit Photography

Roman Pavlíček

Camera Operator

Václav Zajíček

Production Designer

Bohumil Nový

Film Editor

Jan Chaloupek

Sound Designer

Adam Kajzar

Special Effects

Trikový ateliér FSB

Production Manager

Eliška Nejedlá

Unit Production Manager

Ivan Helcl, Jana Koubová, Antonín Pražský

Unit Production Manager

Luboš Čížek, Gabriela Kerekešová

Consultant

František Bártík, Boris Purkyt

Cooperation

Olga Rosenfelderová, Alena Kravková, Václav Litoš, František Vláčil ml., Irena Strachová, Zuzana Čvančarová

Music

Music Composed by

Zdeněk John

Music Performed by

FISYO

Music Conducted by

Štěpán Koníček (FISYO)

Songs

Cestička k Mayrovce

Songwriter

František Cajthaml (Cestička k Mayrovce)

Production info

Original Title

Úraz

English Title

Injury

Copyright

1987

Production Year

1987

Technical info

Versions

Czech