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24 January 1966 (USA) See more »
Slovakia during WW2. Tono lives a poor life, but the authorities offer him to take over the Jewish widow Lautman's little shop for sewing material... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ida Kaminska ... Rozalia Lautmannová

Jozef Kroner ... Antonin 'Tono' Brtko
Hana Slivková ... Evelyna Brtková
Martin Hollý ... Imro Kuchar
Adam Matejka ... Piti Báci
Frantisek Zvarík ... Markus Kolkocký
Mikulás Ladizinský ... Marian Peter
Martin Gregor ... Jozef Katz, barber
Alojz Kramar ... Balko, the bandmaster
Gita Misurová ... Andoricová
Frantisek Papp ... Andoric
Helena Zvaríková ... Ruzena Kolkocká
Tibor Vadas ... Tobacconist
Eugen Senaj ... Blau, the Jewish relief treasurer
Luise Grossová ... Eliasová
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Juraj Herz ... Jewish man

Directed by
Ján Kadár 
Elmar Klos 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ladislav Grosman  screenplay
Ladislav Grosman  story
Ján Kadár 
Elmar Klos 

Produced by
Milos Broz .... producer (as M. Broz)
Jaromír Lukás .... producer
Original Music by
Zdenek Liska 
Cinematography by
Vladimír Novotný 
Film Editing by
Diana Heringova 
Jaromír Janácek 
Production Design by
Karel Skvor 
Set Decoration by
Frantisek Straka 
Costume Design by
Marie Rosenfelderova 
Makeup Department
Jiri Budin .... makeup artist
Rudolf Hanner .... makeup supervisor
Anna Volsicková .... makeup artist (as A. Volsicková)
Production Management
Jordan Balurov .... assistant production manager
Ladislav Hanus .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Juraj Herz .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Dobroslav Srámek .... sound
Other crew
Milos Broz .... production team
Karel Feix .... production team

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Also Known As:
"Obchod na korze" - Czechoslovakia (original title)
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128 min | USA:125 min (2001 Criterion release)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
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83 out of 98 people found the following review useful.
Makes Schindler's List look like an average movie, 4 May 2005
Author: therightone from United States

Words can hardly do justice to this gem. Understated cinematic grandeur, ultimate moral subtlety, acting without pair in the annals of movie history, philosophical and ethical depth without sententiousness . . . should I invent new superlatives to describe this indescribably touching movie?

Yes, the movie has to do with the tragedy of Jewish people in the poisoned and poisonous Europe of the WWII period, but the emotional implications go much farther than that. They address human condition in general. It is one of those egregiously few movies which make a "philosopher" out of each of us. . . even if for a minute only. . . even if we only philosophize with our unstoppable tears. I am not one to weep easily at movies, but I defy you to watch this fabulous work of cinema without being touched to the deepest fiber of your soul.

Yes, it is that good. One of the very few movies which are better than GREAT MUSIC. Watch it - preferably on the Criterion DVD, the VHS edition leaves a lot to be desired. Unless you are an unfeeling freak, no offense intended, it is very unlikely that you will ever regret it.

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