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...and the Fifth Horseman Is Fear (1965)
"...a páty jezdec je Strach" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  6 May 1968 (USA)
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A Jewish doctor in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia risks his life and attempts to regain his identity by assisting a wounded political fugitive.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miroslav Machácek ...
Dr. Braun
Olga Scheinpflugová ...
Music Teacher
Zdenka Procházková ...
Mrs. Vesely
Jirí Adamíra ...
Mr. Vesely
Josef Vinklár ...
Fanta
Ilja Prachar ...
Sidlak
Jana Pracharová ...
Sidlak's Wife
Jirí Vrstála ...
Police Inspector
Tomás Hádl ...
Honzik
Eva Svobodová ...
Porter's Wife
Jirí Pleskot ...
Husband
Milan Mach ...
Husband
Mirko Musil ...
Husband
Roman Hemala ...
Husband
Slávka Budínová ...
Mrs. Wiener
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Dr. Braun is forbidden to practice medicine because he's a Jew living in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia. He's old, seems resigned about the fate of the Jews, and even works in the Department of Confiscation of Jewish Property. One day a neighbor asks him to assist a wounded political fugitive. Dr. Braun reluctantly operates to remove the bullet, but warns that plenty of morphine will soon be needed in order to keep the man from screaming when he awakes, which would attract unwanted attention. After some soul searching, Dr. Braun decides to redeem himself and reclaim his identify as a person and doctor by continuing to provide assistance. His search for the scarce morphine takes him on a nightmarish journey which includes a brothel where local women are forced to be prostitutes for German soldiers, a bar where the locals try to drown their misery in booze and dancing, and a Jewish insane asylum with a high suicide rate. Meanwhile, in a world where there is constant propaganda instructing... Written by TimeNTide

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unique performance of Miroslav Machacek
2 November 2002 | by (Czech rep.) – See all my reviews

Really great Czech film of the 60´s. I think the best picture by the director Zbynek Brynych. Armin Braun (performed by Miroslav Machacek) is a doctor of Jewish origin. In spite of the fact he could be killed by the Nazis and the whole block-of-flat with him, he is performing an operation of an injured revolter. While the operation is finished he has to find morphine to give it to the revolter because of big pains he has after the medical help.

We can see the excellent performance of Miroslav Machacek in the monologue part (by the way which lasts 3 minutes!!) in which he is deciding to help or not to help. I can recommend this movie to everyone who likes great acting in a good story.


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