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I Served the King of England (2006)
"Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále" (original title)

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A look at the glamorous life at an old-world Prague hotel.

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Ivan Barnev ...
Oldrich Kaiser ...
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Líza
Marián Labuda ...
Walden
Milan Lasica ...
Professor
Zuzana Fialová ...
Marcela
Martin Huba ...
Skrivánek
Josef Abrhám ...
Hotelier Brandejs
Jirí Lábus ...
Hotel Boss
Rudolf Hrusínský ...
Tichota
Pavel Nový ...
General
Jaromír Dulava ...
Waiter Karel
Petra Hrebícková ...
Jaruska
Eva Kalcovská ...
Wanda
Sárka Petruzelová ...
Julinka
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Storyline

Czechoslovakia, 1963. Jan Díte is released from prison after serving 15 years. He goes into semi exile in a deserted village near the German border. In flashbacks, he tells his story: he's a small, clever and quick-witted young man, stubbornly naïve, a vendor at a train station. Thanks to a patron, he becomes a waiter at upscale hotels and restaurants. We see him discover how the wealthy tick and how to please women. He strives to be a millionaire with his own hotel. Before the war, he meets Líza, a German woman in Prague. Is this his ticket to wealth or his undoing? Meanwhile, we see Jan putting a life together after prison: why was he sentenced, and who will he become? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

11 January 2007 (Czech Republic)  »

Also Known As:

Yo serví al rey de Inglaterra  »

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Budget:

CZK 84,450,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,460 (USA) (29 August 2008)

Gross:

$617,228 (USA) (19 December 2008)
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Czech Republic's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »

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Jan Díte, older: A person becomes most human, often against his own will, when he begins to founder, when he is derailed and deprived of order.
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farce
28 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this is a farce in part, but i do wonder why there's the great American need to qualify this movie. so one will know the correct response, perhaps? aw, just sit back and be enlightened. if more folks had laughed at the Nazis they wouldn't have made it into power. and as for the woman being portrayed as lesser than the man, this is called history, folks. the movie is charming. barney is a mime's delight. and the sex is delicious, and certainly not raunchy as one reviewer on the DVD writes. i always find it stimulating to have to curb my love of MTV editing and car chases and to let the different pace of the European style wash over me. ah tempora, ah mores.


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