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The Firemen's Ball (1967)
"Horí, má panenko" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  29 September 1968 (USA)
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The 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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Vostrcil ...
Josef Sebánek ...
Josef Valnoha ...
Frantisek Debelka ...
Josef Kolb ...
Josef
Jan Stöckl ...
Retired Fire Chief
Vratislav Cermák ...
Josef Rehorek ...
Václav Novotný ...
Frantisek Reinstein ...
Frantisek Paska ...
Stanislav Holubec ...
Karel
Josef Kutálek ...
Ludva
Frantisek Svet ...
Old Man
Ladislav Adam ...
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The 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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First color film directed by Milos Forman. See more »

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From Me to you
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Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Played by the band at the ball
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Avoid it if you must
23 May 2005 | by (Nis, Serbia) – See all my reviews

The Firemen's Ball (1967) **** Watching Forman's acclaimed comedy ''The Firemen's Ball'' was a very unique movie-going experience. It is filled with the extraordinary subtle humor, compassion for its characters, very realistic setting, acting & feeling and some brief satire. It got various reviews upon releasing. Some critics hailed it as a minimalistic masterpiece (Roger Ebert) others just was ''resistant'' to it's so-called charm (Leonard Maltin). I just know I wasn't. Judge for yourself. I can't, however, recall so sharp and intelligent script and so believable performances packed in mere 70 minutes. I find it superior to acclaimed Oscar winning Czech comedy filmed a year before by Jiri Menzel – ''Closely Watched Trains''. By the way, interesting note: Czechoslovakian movies were nominated four years in a row for the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 1960ies. ('65, '66, '67, '68). Two of them won it (''Shop on a main street'' in 1965 and ''Closely Watched Trains'' in 1967) and two didn't (''Loves of a Blonde'' in 1966 and ''The Firemen's Ball'' in 1968).


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