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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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hotel | wealth | waiter | smack | sash | See more »

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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 sees a train full of people being deported to a concentration camp. A closeup of one of the cars shows men within wearing gray and white striped uniforms. However, deportees were sent to the camps wearing their civilian clothes and weren't issued uniforms until after they arrived. 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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Rapsodie krvaveho mesice
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Beautiful and sweet film
3 February 2007 | by (Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

While filming a novel is always difficult.. I think this film captures the spirit of the novel.. one man' life as he succeeds and fails and survives and never seems to be really touched by the world events happening around him (the story starts in 1920's and ends mid-1960's) The actors are perfectly cast, especially the two actors playing Jan Dite. The cinematography is wonderful, as is the music. I have read the novel and I live in the Czech Republic, so I have familiarity with both the story and the culture, but I think the story is universal enough for all audiences to enjoy this film.

This is one of the biggest budget Czech films ever and you can see ALL of the money on the screen, costumes, sets and locations (including the beautiful Hotel Parziz in Prague, which is unchanged from when it was built!)

highly recommend this film to anyone who loves melancholy, sweet stories with a bit of political commentary thrown in for good measure....


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