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Closely Watched Trains (1966)
"Ostre sledované vlaky" (original title)

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An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Václav Neckár ...
Milos Hrma
Josef Somr ...
Hubicka
Vlastimil Brodský ...
Zednicek
Vladimír Valenta ...
Max
Alois Vachek ...
Novak
Ferdinand Kruta ...
Uncle Noneman
Jitka Scoffin ...
Masa (as Jitka Bendová)
Jitka Zelenohorská ...
Zdenka
Nada Urbánková ...
Victoria Freie
Libuse Havelková ...
Max's wife
Kveta Fialová ...
The countess
Pavla Marsálková ...
Mother
Milada Jezková ...
Zdenka's mother
Zuzana Minichova
Václav Fiser ...
Plasterer (as V. Fiser)
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Storyline

A young man follows his father's footsteps and joins the railway company, where he learns the job and has his first affair. Set in the country, during the German occupation. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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All it takes to make a man of a boy is a woman.

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In the opening sequence, the "German" tank shown during the anecdote about Janos' grandfather is a Soviet SU-152 "tank killer" of WWII vintage. See more »

Goofs

The blanket covering the stamped girl changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Milos Hrma: My name is Milos Hrma. People often laughed at my name. But ours was a famous family. Great Grandfather Lukas was a drummer and fought on the Charles Bridge in Prague. The students threw cobblestones at the soldiers and hit Grand Grandfather so hard that he was pensioned off on one gulden a day. He didn't do anything after that except buying a bottle of rum and a pack of tobacco every day.
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1 August 1999 | by (Prague, Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

I have had the extreme luck of not only seeing this film in the cinema but even finding a copy of the screenplay here in Prague. Jiri Menzel is still, I am happy to report, directing films that are fantastic. Unfortunately, none is the jewel this one is. It was one of Neckar's best, too. I might suggest that if you like this film you try "Larks on a String"-Skrivanci na Niti. It was another Menzel-Neckar gem.


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