Gang For a Million

children

Typology

feature

Czech title

Parta za milión

Runtime

67

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1990

Production year

1990

Premiere

05.09.1991

Language version

Czech

Director

Rudolf Růžička

Screenplay

Jan Fleischer, Rudolf Růžička

Screenstory

Jan Fleischer

Summary

Though known mainly as a television director, Rudolf Růžička has two comedies aimed at young audiences to his credit – Správna trefa (Lucky Strike, 1987) and Parta za milión (Gang For a Million, 1990). This story about a schoolboy gang, implicated in a post office robbery, has sadly been forgotten. But there’s an earnest emphasis to this fictional tale that make it more than a mere children’s story. The 12-year-old boys decide to hold up a small-town post office using a fake pistol to steal a bundle of two hundred-crown notes. But the postmaster hands over a postal bag stuffed with nearly a million crowns. When the police begin to suspect the postal workers, the boys decide to return the loot. But much of what they’ve done cannot be undone... For this unassuming film, Růžička cast mainly first-time actors in the children’s roles. They readily lent an authentic feel to the story.

Synopsis

There are two gangs of twelve-year-old boys operating in a small town. One of them is headed by Brimstone, the other one by Gibbon, and the two gangs are bloody-minded. The Gibboners, for example, feast in a candy store at the expense of the Brimstoner called Little Brother who has no money to cover the bill. Gibbon is willing to pay if Brimstone shows up without a stitch on. Brimstone complies with the degrading condition but prepares his revenge. He has an idea - to rob a post office. Gibbon does not believe that the Brimstoners can succeed. The proof of the Brimstone's victory should be two hundred Crowns returned for the candy store bill. The Brimstoners throw the envelope containing the money into a mailbox but then want it back. But it will not come out. This is why the disguised Brimstone and Little Brother pull out a fake gun on the head postmaster and steal a post sack which should contain the desired envelope. But when the boys open the sack, they find out to their surprise that they have unwittingly stolen almost a milion Crowns. The next day, the police launch an investigation. The chief suspect is the head postmaster, and there immediately appear rumours that he wanted to cover up a shortfall. Brimstone wants to return the money but his gang presses him to divide the loot. They are not too fruitful in spending the money. The head postmaster returns to his position but the police take away a young clerk instead. Brimstone again urges the gang to return the money but the carefree boys refuse. Brimstone thus suggests returning the money for the announced finder's reward. But part of the money has been spent anyway. Brimstone and Little Brother decide to get the loot back and they succeed, although with great difficulties. They throw the sack into a fountain and call the police anonymously. The young woman clerk is released. However, she discovers that the neighbours have poisoned her dog while she was absent. All this makes Brimstone very sad.

Cast

Zbyněk Tihelka

Zbyněk zvaný Žluťák

Jiří Majstr

Bráška

Vít Holer

Jiří

Lenka Roubíčková

Ségra

Jakub Skopek

Fejfar zvaný Gibon

Jakub Janoš

Celer

Štěpán Vydra

Filip

Michal Horák

Vlasta

Jana Janěková

Zbyňkova matka

Viktor Nejedlý

vedoucí pošty

Dana Poláková

poštovní úřednice

Josef Vrtal

mladík

Jiří Kodeš

montér

Jaroslava Tihelková

učitelka

Zdena Kružíková

učitelka

Stanislav Tříska

prodavač kol

Jiřina Jelenská

fackující žena

Crew and creators

Second Unit Director

Zdeněk Zydroň

Assistant Director

Marcela Hynčicová, Blanka Sadílková, Otakar Cholasta

Screenstory

Jan Fleischer

Script Editor

Jaroslav Petřík

Second Unit Photography

Vladimír Kolář

Camera Operator

Miroslav Makarov

Production Designer

Petr Smola

Set Designer

František Hladík, Josef Šťovíček, Josef Vojtášek

Film Editor

Ivan Matouš

Sound Designer

Radomír Koutek

Production Manager

Kamil Spáčil

Unit Production Manager

Renata Bobková, František Šumbera

Unit Production Manager

František Boroš

Cooperation

Jana Vaculíková, Alice Egnerová, Ludmila Varmužová, Vlasta Malotová, Jiří Malota, Ladislav Procházka

Music

Music Composed by

Daniel Fikejz

Production info

Original Title

Parta za milión

English Title

Gang For a Million

Copyright

1990

Production Year

1990

Premiere

05.09.1991

Technical info

Format

35mm

Versions

Czech