Go Get Him!

detective, children, crime

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Hurá za ním

Runtime

66 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production year

1988

Premiere

01.03.1989

Language version

Czech

Director

Radim Cvrček

Summary

This children’s detective story from 1988 turned out to be the last film directed by Radim Cvrček, very much known for specialising in films for children and young people. The narrative follows a simple plot line involving a search for a lynx gone missing from a zoo corner kept at a clubhouse of Domu pionýrů a mládeže (Pioneer Organisation of the Socialist Youth Union). The child protagonists decide to launch their own investigation to establish the whereabouts of their furry pet and in so doing give a helping hand to the Public Security forces (Veřejná bezpečnost, or VB, provided the police force of the period) who are on the trail of a thief of rare coins and postal stamps. As it happens, the villain is smuggling the valuables inside the feline predator’s travel cage. The role of good-natured police captain Váňa, as well as the part of ministry clerk Honzíček in the tragicomedy Dobří holubi se vracejí (Good Pigeons Fly Home, 1988), are two of the last characters portrayed by Vladimír Menšík, 58 at the time of shooting. Menšík stands head and shoulders above the rest of the cast, comprising mostly lesser known actors from Brno or Slovakia.

Synopsis

A minion of local children, Macek the lynx gets stolen one night from the zoo department of the communist Young Pioneers and Youth Centre, located in a small town. The police investigation is led by captain Váňa and lieutenant Paleček. Children, headed by Váňa's grandchild Mirek, decide to search for Macek the lynx as well. Paleček suggests their cooperation. At the same time, the police investigate several thefts of coins and stamp collections. The railman Slepička reports that he saw a red Skoda car in front of the Young Pioneers and Youth Centre. This suspicion leads the investigation to the Astra café. The suspects are the headwaiter, Cejpek, and Lojza Norovský, who owns a red Skoda car. Children are searching for red cars in the city and surroundings. More thefts of old coins and stamps happen in the city. The value of the stolen things is almost a million Czech crowns. From an old doctor, Váňa and Paleček learn that Cejpek has recently been extremely interested in coins and stamps. The police follow Cejpek and they learn he has contact with a foreigner. Váňa and Paleček assume that the foreigner is expected to take the valuables abroad. They connect this case with the theft of the lynx. Their assumption turns out to be true. While arresting the foreigner, they find the lynx in his car. The foreigner allegedly bought it from Cejpek. In the lynx's cage he was supposed to also take the coins and stamps. Lojza Norovský was innocent in the entire case. The lynx Macek is put back to his run and the children drink a toast to success with the policemen.

Cast

Vladimír Menšík

kapitán VB Váňa

Pavol Mikulík

poručík VB Paleček

Karel Semerád

Lojza Norovský

Karol Čálik

vrchní v kavárně Astra Cejpek

Ivan Řehák

lesák

Milan Vágner

cizinec

Jiří Tomek

praporčík VB Koldas

Peter Debnár

ošetřovatel Feďa Kramář

Eva Matalová

babička Marcely

Steva Maršálek

profesor Krása

Jaromír Roštínský

ředitel Domu pionýrů a mládeže Hybner

Marcel Forman

Mirek zvaný Logik, vnuk kapitána Váni

Kateřina Filípková

Lenka

Lucie Smékalová

Terezka

Petr Fanta

Radek

Filip Cociancich

David

Martin Josefík

Tomášek

Jana Radová

Monika

Petr Žižka

Michal

Jan Vaněk

Petr

Ľudovít Kroner

zloděj kufrů

Lubor Tokoš

MUDr. Hakim

Jiří Juřina

numismatik Vrána

Vladimír Hrabal

muž v brýlích

Věra Nováková

žena s kožichem

Jana Tomečková

žena z inzerce

Milada Kuncová

domovnice

Hynek Kubasta

železničář

Pavel Majkus

příslušník VB

Anna Šulajová

Váňova dcera

Karel Kašpárek

dubl za Karola Čálika v automobilové honičce

Pavel Valoušek

dubl za Karola Čálika v automobilové honičce

Jiří Marcaník

dubl za Pavola Mikulíka v honičce

Dubbing

Pavel Leicman

hlas Palečka

Mirko Musil

hlas Fedi

Eva Henychová

hlas Terezky

Lukáš Machalínek

hlas Radka

Martin Mráz

hlas Davida

Jiří Racek

hlas Tomáška

Adam Zemánek

hlas Michala

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zdeněk Zydroň

Assistant Director

František Hlaváček, Eva Königová, Jana Juhaňáková

Screenplay

Milan Šimek

Script Editor

Jan Gogola

Second Unit Photography

Arne Parduba

Camera Operator

Miroslav Makarov

Production Designer

Petr Smola

Set Designer

Josef Šťovíček, Josef Vojtášek, Roman Kubinec, Bohuslav Peloušek

Film Editor

Ivan Matouš

Sound Designer

Radomír Koutek

Production Manager

Vojtěch Kunčík

Unit Production Manager

Jitka Perůtková

Unit Production Manager

František Šumbera

Consultant

Jindřich Strachota, Karel Mana

Cooperation

Josef Havlíček, Alice Egnerová, Eva Jordánová, Zdeněk Bobek, Martin Pospíšil (2), Ludmila Varmužová

Music

Music Composed by

Petr Ulrych

Music Performed by

skupina Javory

Music Conducted by

Petr Ulrych (skupina Javory)

Songs

Jméno, jméno

Songwriter

Petr Ulrych (Jméno, jméno)

Writer of Lyrics

Petr Ulrych (Jméno, jméno)

Singer

Petr Ulrych (Jméno, jméno), dětský sbor (Jméno, jméno)

Production info

Original Title

Hurá za ním

English Title

Go Get Him!

Working Title

Růžový slon

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

detective, children, crime

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production Year

1988

Premiere

01.03.1989

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

66 min

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Exhibition: 20. národní přehlídka filmů pro děti Ostrov

1988
Ostrov nad Ohří / Czechoslovakia