A Good Pal

crime

Typology

feature

Czech title

Kamarád do deště

Runtime

72

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1988

Production year

1988

Premiere

01.08.1988

Language version

Czech

Director

Jaroslav Soukup

Screenplay

Jaroslav Soukup, Miroslav Vaic

Screenstory

Jaroslav Soukup, Miroslav Vaic

Summary

In the 1980s director Jaroslav Soukup delivered several attractive titles with young heroes to mainstream audiences. These included Vítr v kapse (Wind in the Pocket) (1982), Láska z pasáže (Love from the Arcade) (1984), Discopříběh (Discostory) (1987) and above all 1988’s Kamarád do deště (A Good Pal). The film, which a decade later received a follow-up entitled Kamarád do deště II – Příběh z Brooklynu (A Good Pal II – Brooklyn Story), built on the subject matter and casting of Soukup’s earlier pictures. In A Good Pal Lukáš Vaculík and Sagvan Tofi, who Soukup first cast in Wind in the Pocket, portray a pair of buddies that together make it through a variety of trying life situations. They are in professions which in the late communist period were associated with the opportunity to make extra money, not necessarily legally: Michal is a waiter and Tomáš is a taxi driver. When Michal’s takings are stolen by a masked thief, Tomáš borrows money for a week from an illicit moneychanger. His friend is on probation and the police can’t be involved. The pair have seven days to repay the debt, inflated by a usurious interest rate. What’s more, they learn that the robbery was initiated by Michal’s colleague Kadlec and his son-in-law, the fence Bureš. The young men decide to lay a sophisticated trap for Kadlec. They also teach Adamec a lesson, and hand their two adversaries over to the police… In the screenplay, which Soukup penned with favoured collaborator Miroslav Vaic, the “moral behaviour” of the heroes in a world full of conmen and thieves is accented. However, the unsuspecting art historian Syřiště also becomes part of their scheme. The heroes can’t inform the judicial authorities of their problems as they wouldn’t believe them (and they in turn don’t trust them). The only alternative is to take justice into their own hands. Vaic and Soukup deftly transpose a classic concept (evidently inspired by the 1973American crime comedy The Sting) to late 1980s Czechoslovakia.

Synopsis

While delivering the day's cash, a waiter, Michal, is robbed by a man in mask. The waiter is on probation and thinks nobody will believe him, so he does not report the robbery. The taxi driver, Tomáš, his best friend, borrows sixty thousand because of him from an underhanded moneychanger, Adamec. The interest is usurious, but it is just for a week. Michal fails to get the money. His girl-friend, a photographer, Magda, offers to sell her parents car, who are now abroad. Michal does not agree with that. Adamec refuses to prolong the deadline and Tomáš is beat up by his gorillas. Tomáš hides in the flat of Magda and Michal. Michal's colleague, Kadlec, loses a slip evidencing that he paid a hundred and twenty-five thousand to a building company. From this, Michal understands that the initiator of the robbery was his colleague. Kadlec is building a villa with his son-in-law, Bureš. And it seems that the robber was Bureš – the garage master, also allegedly a middleman. Michal, as an alleged witness to the robbery, threatens him with an anonymous call and tries to get the money back. The garage master promises to pay for his silence, but instead of money, he puts newspapers in the envelope. The friends think out a new plan. They visit professor Syřiště, a grumpy scholar of fine art, with Magda, under the false-pretense that they are searching out exclusive interiors for film shooting. The girl shoots valuable antiquities and furniture in his flat. Michal shows the pictures to Kadlec as an offer for sale. Kadlec smells an advantageous business and offers a deposit of seventy thousand. But he wants to see the antiquities with his own eyes. Michal's friend sneaks in to the professor as a production manager. When she lures the professor out of his flat, the friend shows Kadlec as a false widow, the professor's "things for sale". Tomáš brings the gained money to Adamec. He stops by a bistro, but an intentional fire destroys the taxi with the money. Adamec recovers the debt. The friends kidnap his uncommon greyhound and they demand ransom. The packet with money put in the toilet reservoir in a department store contains money, but in Icelandic crowns, which have a much lower value. Adamec has another chance to make it up. Behind the windscreen wiper he finds an envelope with a contact to a shop assistant who will tell him where his dog is. This time Adamec sends the correct currency, but he experiences an unpleasant surprise. The attractive shop assistant, who finds some porn pictures in the envelope, sends her friends the storekeepers after the alleged pervert. The beaten up Adamec then finds his dog at the car. Michal lures the greedy Kadlec to profitably buy a stolen car. He brings Magda's car to Bureš in the garages. In the meantime, Kadlec comes with house movers for the purchased antique furniture, and the indignant professor welcomes him with a bucket full of water. Kadlec understands that he was tricked. He warns his son-in-law, but it is too late. The police find them at the garages, dismantling the car. For the friends Michal and Tomáš, watching the crooks' arrest is a great satisfaction.

Cast

Sagvan Tofi

číšník Michal

Lukáš Vaculík

taxikář Tomáš

Beata Andraszewicz

fotografka Magda, Michalova dívka

Karol Strasburger

Karel Adamec, šéf vekslácké party

Karel Augusta

vrchní Kadlec

Andrej Hryc

vedoucí garáží Bureš, Kadlecův zeť

dr. Ivan Vyskočil

profesor Václav Syřiště, historik

Zdeněk Ornest

taxikář alias pan Krüger

Valentina Thielová

Tomášova matka

Alena Vránová

varietní umělkyně Vlasta

Oldřich Vlach

Michalův strýc, vedoucí prodejny nábytku

Ladislav Trojan

Tomášův otec

Ladislav Potměšil

vedoucí restaurace

Kateřina Brožová

prodavačka-blondýnka

Jiří Langmajer

automechanik Standa

Jana Thomková

černovláska

Pavel Havránek

kuchař Venca

Miloslav Homola

majitel ukradeného auta

Eduard Pergner

homosexuál v taxíku

Ivo Niederle

opilec

Igor Smržík

recepční v Intercontinentalu

Olga Kašová

recepční Irena v Jaltě

Blanka Lormanová

pomocná síla v kuchyni

Lena Birková

sousedka profesora Syřiště

Olga Čuříková

matka Ireny

Ferdinand Krůta

muž na zahradě

Martin Moravec

mladík u Tuzexu

Jaromír Andert

příslušník VB

Bedřich Šetena

příslušník VB

Květoslav Štora

stěhovák

Miroslav Rataj

recepční

Jaroslav Tomsa

hlídka VB

Libor Klug

diskžokej

Mária Benovičová

blondýnka

Z. Chybová

baletka

Ivana Lachová

baletka

Jaroslava Malíková

baletka

Renata Schmiedtmajerová

baletka

Rostislav Osička

muž ničící taxi

Jan Vávra (3)

číšník na baru

Arnošt Proschek

cizinec v Alcronu

Dagmar Navláčilová

Iveta Lišková

Petr Sommer

Karel Slezák

Jiří Kroupa

Dubbing

Boris Rösner

hlas Adamce

Bohumila Dolejšová

hlas Burdové

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Josef Jarolímek

Assistant Director

Dušan Vodák, Barbora Bílková

Shooting Script

Jaroslav Soukup

Script Editor

Věra Kalábová

Second Unit Photography

Jiří Pechar

Camera Operator

Jan Carda

Production Designer

Ludvík Široký

Set Designer

Bohumil Kadlec, Jan Klíma, Karel Karas

Film Editor

Jiří Brožek

Sound Designer

Jiří Hora

Production Manager

Přemysl Pražský

Unit Production Manager

Bohdan Kysil, Adriena Jirková

Unit Production Manager

Miloš Matula, Drahomíra Čížková

Cooperation

Iveta Havlová, Eva Horázná, Štěpán Exner, Michal Fairaizl, Ivan Jombík

Music

Music Composed by

Ján Baláž, archivní

Music Performed by

Ján Baláž, Vašo Patejdl

Songs

Dávej ber, Two Loosers in Town, Rádio, 5-4-3-2-1 /Tři jsou někdy víc/, Touch Me Like You've Always Touched Me, The Loser and the Winner, Get out of my Way, Tlaková níž, Stallion in the Dawn, To už poznám, Umenie žiť, Veľa je niekedy málo, Cosmic Rays, In 1963, Jonathan

Songwriter

Ján Baláž (Dávej ber), Jiří Zmožek (Two Loosers in Town), Ladislav Štaidl (Rádio), Karel Zich (5-4-3-2-1 /Tři jsou někdy víc/), Marino (Touch Me Like You've Always Touched Me), Vašo Patejdl (The Loser and the Winner), Richard Müller (Get out of my Way), Richard Müller (Tlaková níž), Ján Lehotský (Stallion in the Dawn), Vašo Patejdl (To už poznám), Vašo Patejdl (Umenie žiť), Vašo Patejdl (Veľa je niekedy málo), Vašo Patejdl (Cosmic Rays), Vašo Patejdl (In 1963), Vašo Patejdl (Jonathan)

Writer of Lyrics

Boris Janíček (Dávej ber), Miloš Skalka (Two Loosers in Town), Miroslav Černý (Rádio), Michal Bukovič (5-4-3-2-1 /Tři jsou někdy víc/), Miloš Skalka (Touch Me Like You've Always Touched Me), Vladimír Čort (The Loser and the Winner), Daniel Mikletič (Get out of my Way), Ján Štrasser (Tlaková níž), Vladimír Čort (Stallion in the Dawn), Ľuboš Zeman (To už poznám), Ľuboš Zeman (Umenie žiť), Ľuboš Zeman (Veľa je niekedy málo), Vladimír Čort (Cosmic Rays), Vladimír Čort (In 1963), Vladimír Čort (Jonathan)

Singer

Lukáš Vaculík (Dávej ber), Sagvan Tofi (Dávej ber), Michal David (Dávej ber), Michal David (Two Loosers in Town), Heidi Janků (Rádio), Karel Zich (5-4-3-2-1 /Tři jsou někdy víc/), skupina Flop (5-4-3-2-1 /Tři jsou někdy víc/), Goldie Ens (Touch Me Like You've Always Touched Me), Beáta Dubasová (The Loser and the Winner), skupina Banket (Get out of my Way), Richard Müller (Tlaková níž), skupina Modus (Stallion in the Dawn), Vašo Patejdl (To už poznám), Vašo Patejdl (Umenie žiť), Vašo Patejdl (Veľa je niekedy málo), Vašo Patejdl (Cosmic Rays), Vašo Patejdl (In 1963), Vašo Patejdl (Jonathan)

Production info

Original Title

Kamarád do deště

English Title

A Good Pal

Copyright

1988

Production Year

1988

Premiere

01.08.1988

Creative Group

Josef Císař

Technical info

Format

35mm , Betacam, DVD

Versions

Czech

Awards

Vítěz

Festival: 39. filmový festival pracujících – léto ´88

1988
80 měst / Czechoslovakia