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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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Josef Valnoha ...
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Frantisek Debelka ...
Committee Member #1
Josef Kolb ...
Josef
Jan Stöckl ...
Retired Fire Chief
Vratislav Cermák ...
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Josef Rehorek ...
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Václav Novotný ...
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Frantisek Reinstein ...
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Frantisek Paska ...
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Stanislav Holubec ...
Karel
Josef Kutálek ...
Ludva
Frantisek Svet ...
Old Man
Ladislav Adam ...
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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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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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Very interesting
11 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie, but then I like slower moving movies with actors that look like real people. This film gives real historical insight into a communist society, including how artists such as Forman tried to get a message through without being completely censored. I have a question about this film, however. I keep reading and hearing that this film uses no professional actors, and the firemen you see are the real firemen from a small town in Bohemia. However, several of these actors were also in Loves of a Blonde, which was an earlier film. So, I surmise that some of the firemen were the real firemen, and others were actors he had used before. This film is well worth seeing. I laughed aloud several times, and smiled through all of it. He has a gift for the small moments of humor and pathos in anyone's life, and it is quite a humorous comment on Czechoslovakian communist society.


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