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The Firemen's Ball (1967)

Horí, má panenko (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 29 September 1968 (USA)
The volunteer fire department in a small town is having a big party when the ex-boss of the department celebrates his 86th birthday. The whole town is invited but things don't go as planned... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Vostrcil ...
Head of Committee
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Committee Member #2
Josef Valnoha ...
Committee Member
Frantisek Debelka ...
Committee Member #1
Josef Kolb ...
Josef
Jan Stöckl ...
Retired Fire Chief
Vratislav Cermák ...
Committee Member
Josef Rehorek ...
Committee Member #4
Václav Novotný ...
Committee Member
Frantisek Reinstein ...
Committee Member
Frantisek Paska ...
Committee Member
Stanislav Holubec ...
Karel
Josef Kutálek ...
Ludva
Frantisek Svet ...
Old Man
Ladislav Adam ...
Committee Member
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The volunteer fire department in a small town is having a big party when the ex-boss of the department celebrates his 86th birthday. The whole town is invited but things don't go as planned. Someone is stealing the prizes to the lottery and the candidates for the Miss Fire-Department beauty contest are neither willing nor particularly beautiful. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Barevná komedie, v níz se tancí, krade a hasí. (A colorful comedy, in which people dance, steal and extinguish the fire.) See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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1.37 : 1
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Included in Roger Ebert's Great Movies. See more »

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Remade as Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) See more »

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From Me to you
(uncredited)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Played by the band at the ball
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Sincere comedy takes place at a drunken Czech firemen party
17 February 2000 | by (Syracuse, NY) – See all my reviews

Often hilarious comedy was an early effort by Forman. The characters reveal their attributes and flaws over the course of a drunken bash that involves stealing, sex, abundant alcohol consumption, and a Fireman's Ball Beauty Contest. Forman had to deny that there was a political message behind the film in Socialist late 60's Czechoslavakia. He has a rare talent for presenting humans, not necessarily pretty, but engaging and natural. Forman encourages us in an introduction to not think too much.


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