Up 6,972 this week

Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966)
"Kdo chce zabít Jessii?" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 577 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 34 critic

"What if someone had an absurd dream and the visions ran out in the street?" a scientist asks Rose, a researcher who discovers a way to engender beneficial dreams (to produce contented, ... See full summary »



(story), (story)
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: February

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in February.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1896 titles
created 15 Nov 2011
a list of 273 titles
created 30 Mar 2012
list image
a list of 24 titles
created 06 May 2012
a list of 62 titles
created 10 Feb 2013
a list of 358 titles
created 8 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966)

Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Who Wants to Kill Jessie?.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

On a Comet (1970)
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a comet passes the earth very closely, it pulls a small part of North Africa with it. Carried along is a bunch of people. Among them Angelika, who just escaped from a ruthless weapon ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Zeman
Stars: Emil Horváth, Magda Vásáryová, Frantisek Filipovský
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Set in the late 1940s, the film concerns the treatment of suspect "bourgeois elements", a professor, a saxophonist, and a milkman, who are put to work in a junkyard for rehabilitation.

Director: Jirí Menzel
Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlastimil Brodský, Václav Neckár
Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano.

Director: Karel Zeman
Stars: Lubor Tokos, Arnost Navrátil, Miroslav Holub
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A photographer and his model are on a photo shoot in a forest when they get the feeling they are being watched. The feeling becomes so strong that they decide to cut their session short and... See full summary »

Director: Mario Gariazzo
Stars: Robert Hoffmann, Nathalie Delon, Martin Balsam
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

There are still water spirits among us. One group lives in Prague, led by Mr. Wassermann, who is using his wife's family as a servants. All they need is their old house near the river. But ... See full summary »

Director: Václav Vorlícek
Stars: Jaromír Hanzlík, Libuse Safránková, Frantisek Filipovský
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jan is a decent, boring man, living a decent, boring life as a rocket designer. When his adventurous twin brother dies in a breakfast accident, Jan decides to impersonate him, unwittingly becoming a part of a Nazi time travel conspiracy.

Director: Jindrich Polák
Stars: Petr Kostka, Jirí Sovák, Vladimír Mensík
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: William Grefe
Stars: Sharon Saxon, Fred Pinero, Velia Martinez
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

In a mysterious French castle dark meetings and apparitions happen, seasoned by nauseating erotic menages. The involvement frantically increases up to the amazing epilogue.

Director: Jean-Pierre Bastid
Stars: Daniel Gélin, Anouk Ferjac, Michel Subor
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Director: Omiros Efstratiadis
Stars: Jennifer Mason, Kostas Prekas, Hristos Nomikos
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Vittorio Salerno
Stars: Enzo Cerusico, Enrico Maria Salerno, Riccardo Cucciolla
Liebes Lager (1976)
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Lorenzo Gicca Palli
Stars: Karl Koenig, Red Ascott, Ronny Coster
White Cargo (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

David Jason's most famous film appearance of the 1970's was opposite Graham Chapman in 'The Odd Job' but five years earlier he played the lead role in this very low budget comedy. His ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Selfe
Stars: David Jason, Hugh Lloyd, Imogen Hassall


Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Medrická ...
Doc. Ruzenka Beránková
Jirí Sovák ...
Doc. Jindrich Beránek
Olga Schoberová ...
Juraj Visny ...
Karel Effa ...
Vladimír Mensík ...
Karel Houska ...
Ilja Racek ...
Walter Taub ...
Profesor (as Valtr Taub)
Bedrich Prokos ...
Dustolny pán
Cestmír Randa ...
Otto Simánek ...
Zástupce doc. beránkové
Svatopluk Skládal ...
Frantisek Holar ...
Jan Libícek ...
Prison Guard


"What if someone had an absurd dream and the visions ran out in the street?" a scientist asks Rose, a researcher who discovers a way to engender beneficial dreams (to produce contented, productive workers). There's a problem: after an injection of her elixir, dream elements become real. Rose learns this after dosing her husband Henry to stop his dreaming about Jessie, a curvaceous comic-book heroine who has anti-gravitational gloves he needs to study so he can solve a problem at the factory where he's chief engineer: Henry wakes up with Jessie asleep next to him pursued by a cowboy and a super hero. Jealousy consumes Rose. All this plus satire aimed at the Czechoslovak state. Written by <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

26 August 1966 (Czechoslovakia)  »

Also Known As:

Who Wants to Kill Jessie?  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The aActress who played Jessie, Olga Schoberová, became the basis for the comic character named Muriel in two comic-books scripted by Milos Macourek and illustrated by Kája Saudek: "Muriel a andelé" and "Muriel a oranzová smrt". Both books were completed in 1969, but after occupation of Czechoslovakia and subsequent changes of political clime were not allowed to be published. Both books were finally published after the Velvet revolution in Czechoslovakia. See more »


References The Magnificent Seven (1960) See more »


Italian Capriccio
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

humor and social commentary in diverting film
18 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SWOOSH! ZOOM! THUD! CRASH! ROAR! RIP! No, not the opening credit sequence from a Batman film - but from "Who Wants to Kill Jessii ?" (released in 1966

  • which would be a year Batman fans would recognize;) two years before

the Prague Spring was crushed by Soviet tanks rumbling into Czechoslovakia. Books, films, and newspapers were able to get in subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) digs at the establishment; science fiction has frequently provided a way to make social commentary which flies "beneath the radar" of censors, be they capitalist, communist, or socialist. But besides the sly jabs here and there - "Liberty to dreams!" - "Your identity card!" - "Can't she be re-educated?"(said: by a comic superhero; to a comic superhero; about a comic superhero) the film provides much amusement just on its own.

Rosie & Henry both work in a university setting. Rosie is a medical researcher doing research on dreams, presenting her KR VI injection as a way of changing nightmares into pleasant dreams. She demonstrates this with a sleeping cow - headphones attached, a monitor shows the cow's dream of being pursued by gadflies. After the injection, the cow is sleeping in a hammock, a string quartet playing for her. Her husband Henry is faced with the problem of securing an extremely heavy piece of machinery to an overhead rail in a university laboratory. He picks up a comic book one of his co-workers has brought in and muses how great it would be if he had the use of Jessii's anti-gravity gloves. The intersection of these story lines provides an abundance of humor and commentary.

Read no further if you want to save the surprises, although it's unlikely the 35mm scope print I saw from the Czech Film Archive will be making it to your town anytime soon and I don't think a video version is available.

Thursday seems to be the day of the week that the couple sleeps together. Henry is in a dream with Jessii - they are both bound and he's attempting to untie her with his teeth. Rosie sees him chewing his pillow in his sleep. She slips the dream monitor on him, sees Henry with Jessii and gives him an injection of KR VI and sends him to his separate bed. In the morning, much to his astonishment, the comic strip Jessii is alive and in his bed! And she is not the only character brought to life - the bad guys are in the bathroom.

Rosie has a feeling that her experiment has gone awry and locks the comic trio in their flat before she and Henry leave for work. Her colleagues tell her that gadlies have appeared in the lab, seemingly from abiogenesis - her serum seems to cause things in dreams to cross over into real life. At the husband's factory he and his co-workers attempt construction of the anti-gravity gloves. Both Henry & Rosie send a co-worker to their flat with instructions: Henry asks a female worker to bring back Jessii; Rosie tells her male coworker to get train tickets and send the comic characters "to Kookle".

But by the time they arrive at the flat, Jessii has escaped and the bad guys (a superman-like character and an old-west gunslinger) have broken through the wall of the flat in pursuit, crying "Liberty to dreams!". The police arrive about the same time as the coworkers (each of whom thinks the other is the one they are to bring) and take them into custody over their objections. Jessii tunes in her TV wristwatch to see Henry giving a lecture to a class at university about ideas from science fiction crossing over into reality. The classroom turns into bedlam after Jessii arrives with the strong man in pursuit.

Writer Milos Macourek has a lot of fun with comic book convention - those characters talk in "bubbles" of text. When one of them asks a young boy what time it is, the reply is "I can't read, sir." In a court appearance Jessii answers a question by telling Henry "I love you!" and he turns the "bubble" so the court recorder can read it. Henry is sentenced to jail for disruption of the peace. He uses the walls of his cell to do equations for the antigravity gloves.

Rosie and the authorities determine that the dream characters are dangerous. Rosie says "I've been charged with their liquidation." The strong man is bound and put on a conveyer belt into a crematorium to the strains of Sibelius. Just about the time they think the problem solved, the strong man appears out of the fire saying "Very refreshing - how much?" Those attempting to dispatch Jessii have similar difficulties. Tying her between two trucks pulling in opposite directions, the trucks only spin their wheels.

Henry manages to escape from jail and picks up the partially functioning gloves and uses them to rescue Jessii. They return through the cell bars (Henry pulls them apart with the help of the gloves to get back to his cell surruptitiously) and Jessii points out a mistake in his calculations.

Rosie has concocted a new serum, A VII, and finds an injection of this will cause a dream figure to be re-absorbed into a nearby subject. She injects a rabbit from a dream of their dog. It dematerializes and re-appears in the dog's dream on the monitor.

Rosie is giving the strong man a sponge bath (I forget exactly how this came to pass) and tells him "It's Thursday!" Apparently he knows what this means and escapes to inject himself with A VII. He dematerializes and also ends up in the dog's dream. Rosie, seeing this on the monitor, injects herself and follows. Henry and Jessii look at the monitor seeing the dog chasing the bunny and the wife chasing the man. Henry remarks that he'll never get away from her.

Henry teaches Jessii how to speak without the comic strip bubbles and apparently they live happily ever after.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: