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Director:
Writers:
Milos Forman (screenplay)
Jaroslav Papousek (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 September 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Masterpiece from Czechoslovakia
Plot:
The fire department in a small town is having a big party when the ex-boss of the department celebrates his 86th birthday... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Avoid it if you must See more (30 total) »

Cast

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Jan Vostrcil ... Head of Committee
Josef Sebánek ... 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
Jirí Líbal
Antonín Blazejovský ... Standa
Stanislav Ditrich ... Waiter
Milada Jezková ... Josef's Wife
Jarmila Kucharová
Alena Kvetová ... 'Miss' Contestant
Anna Liepoldová ... 'Miss' Contestant
Miluse Zelená ... 'Miss' Contestant
Marie Slivova ... Beauty Contestant
Hana Hanusová ... Jarka
Hana Kuberová ... Drunk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karel Valnoha ... Committee Member #3 (uncredited)
Vlastimila Vlková ... Woman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Milos Forman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Milos Forman  screenplay
Jaroslav Papousek  screenplay
Ivan Passer  screenplay
Václav Sasek  story

Produced by
Rudolf Hájek .... producer
Carlo Ponti .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Karel Mares 
 
Cinematography by
Miroslav Ondrícek 
 
Film Editing by
Miroslav Hájek 
 
Production Design by
Karel Cerný 
 
Art Direction by
Karel Cerný 
 
Set Decoration by
Vladimir Macha  (as Vladimir Mácha)
 
Costume Design by
Zdena Snajdarová 
 
Makeup Department
Rudolf Hammer .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jaroslav Solnicka .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jaroslav Papousek .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Adolf Böhm .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eduard Kaderábek .... assistant camera
Jaromír Komárek .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Stepán Konícek .... conductor
 
Other crew
Vladimír Bor .... production team
Jirí Sebor .... production team
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Horí, má panenko" - Czechoslovakia (original title)
"The Firemen's Ball and Lottery" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
71 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:S | France:U | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) (1969) | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
Included in Roger Ebert's Great Movies.See more »
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Referenced in The Simpsons Movie (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Avoid it if you must, 23 May 2005
Author: Alexandar (acanovakovic@gmail.com) from Nis, Serbia

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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