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11 January 2007 (Czech Republic) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Ivan Barnev ... Jan Díte, younger
Oldrich Kaiser ... Jan Díte, older

Julia Jentsch ... 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
Tonya Graves ... Abyssinian Emperor
Jirí Sesták ... Waiter
Jan Kusak ... Millionaire
Petr Brukner ... Millionaire
Oldrich Vlach ... Brukner
Jirí Zák ... Millionaire
Tomas Sechser ... Millionaire
Jaroslav Tomsa ... Millionaire
Pavel Vondruska ... Millionaire
István Szabó ... Stock Marketeer
Thomas Zielinski ... Doctor at the Sanitorium
Nikolay Penev ... Pilolik Ferda
Petr Ctvrtnícek ... Stockbroker
Ladislav Zupanic ... Stockbroker
Petr Herrmann ... Stockbroker
Václav Knop ... Stockbroker
Rudolf Jelínek ... Stockbroker
Václav Chalupa ... Hrdlicka
Jirí Knot ... Weinfurter
Vlastimil Brabec ... Wimmer
Viktor Taus ... Weigel
Nada Konvalinková ... Nurse
Emília Vásáryová ... Mrs. Rajska
Zdenek Maryska ... German Host
Zdenek Zák ... Militiaman
Martin Zahálka ... Militiaman
Marie Málková ... Girls at the Hotel Tichota
Dominika Hrzanova ... Girls at the Hotel Tichota
Svatava Milkova ... Girls at the Hotel Tichota
Lucie Stepánková ... Girls at the Hotel Tichota
Anna Tuskova ... Girls at the Hotel Tichota
Paulina Janebova ... Girls at the Hotel Tichota
Zuzana Krystynova ... Girls at the Hotel Tichota
Zdenka Valenova ... Girls at the Hotel Tichota
Vladimír Kulhavý ... German Doctor
Stephan Nobbe ... German Mayor
Kristýna Boková ... Aranzerky
Jana Vranova ... Aranzerky
Zdenek Babka
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Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jirí Menzel 
Writing credits
Bohumil Hrabal (novel)

Jirí Menzel 

Produced by
Rudolf Biermann .... producer
Petr Dvorak .... co-producer: TV Nova
Andrea Metcalfe .... executive producer: AQS
Robert Schaffer .... executive producer: AQS
Helena Uldrichová .... co-producer: Barrandov Studio
Original Music by
Ales Brezina 
Cinematography by
Jaromír Sofr 
Film Editing by
Jirí Brozek 
Production Design by
Milan Býcek 
Costume Design by
Milan Corba 
Makeup Department
Jirina Pahlerova .... makeup artist
Production Management
Pavel Cechak .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jiri Ml. Kacirek .... first assistant director
Art Department
Milan Babik .... assistant property master
Karel Vanásek .... property master
Sound Department
Petr Cechák .... post-production sound assistant
Lukas Chyska .... conforming sound editor
Radim Hladík Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Roman Rigo .... playback operator
Andrea Veselková .... foley artist
Vojtech Vetrovec .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Stepán Batousek .... compositor: animator
Jiri Cvancara .... digital intermediate
Ales Dlabac .... 3D artist
Jiri Forejt .... digital compositor
Miro Gal .... Flame artist
Lukas Herrmann .... digital matte paint artist
Jan Heusler .... digital compositor
Tomas Kalhous .... digital compositor: UPP
Maros Kesjar .... digital effects artist
Jirí Linhart .... digital effects artist
Robert Loudil .... visual effects artist
Petr Masek .... digital compositor
Boris Masník .... visual effects supervisor: UPP
Tomas Munzar .... digital compositor
Vaclav Ondrousek .... digital compositor
Robert Pik .... digital compositor
Ondrej Stibinger .... digital intermediate colorist
Petr Vcelicka .... digital compositor
Kim Wiseman .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrej Arnautov Jr. .... lighting technician
Klaus Fuxjäger .... camera operator
Borivoj Klecka .... gaffer
Music Department
Juraj Durovic .... score engineer
Vitek Kral .... score engineer assistant
Other crew
Adam Fuchs .... location manager
Mila Radova .... unit publicist
Kristián Suda .... script editor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále" - Czech Republic (original title)
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Rated R for sexual content and nudity
Czech Republic:120 min
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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 »
Factual errors: 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 »
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.See more »
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Unconventional Reliving of Czech History, 23 August 2007
Author: hackerpx-1 ( from United States

Menzel's film is a modern masterpiece. It tells the story of one man's fate, as seen through the mythical pen of Bohumil Hrabal, one of the greatest Czech writers of the 20th century. The film is interspersed with documentary footage of the occupation of the remnants of the Czech republic in 1939. It tells how one man grows up in one system, survives another, and willingly submits himself to a third (Communist). The slogan "my happiness was always in the fact that some unhappiness overtook me" belongs to the East European theater of the absurd. For those of you who have seen the amazing performance of Julia Jentsch in "Sophie Scholl - The Last Days" it will come as a surprise, if not a shock, to see Ms. Jentsch play a character exactly opposite to the one which brought her such fame -- a true blue Nazi! But that's what great actors are made of -- anti-Nazi heroine this year, Nazi lover of the main protagonist the next. She learned some Czech for this role, but when she speaks in German, the screen shows Czech subtitles. Some scenes are really priceless, as when Dite is escorted out of his hotel (presumably in 1948), by two members of the Communist people's militia who at first are inclined to allow him to stay on as administrator of his now nationalized enterprise, but when he keeps insisting he is a millionaire and needs to be arrested, they willingly oblige. Irony stays with us through the film, starting with the opening scene when the elder Dite is released from a Communist jail in Prague and he explains: "I was sentenced to 15 years (for being a millionaire), but because of the amnesty, I only had to sit for 14 and 3/4."

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