7.4/10
244
3 user 14 critic
Based on a novel by Karel Capek, a prominent Czech writer of the early 20th century, who coined the word robot for his play R.U.R., the story revolves around a discovery of Krakatit-a ... See full summary »

Director:

Otakar Vávra

Writers:

Karel Capek (novel), Otakar Vávra (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Witchhammer (1970)
Drama | History | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A very popular movie on the medieval persecution of witches (inquisition).

Director: Otakar Vávra
Stars: Vladimír Smeral, Elo Romancik, Josef Kemr
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The year is 2163. Starship Ikaria XB 1 embarks on a long journey across the Universe, to search for life on the planets of Alpha Centauri.

Director: Jindrich Polák
Stars: Zdenek Stepánek, Frantisek Smolík, Dana Medrická
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple agree to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution.

Director: Jan Hrebejk
Stars: Bolek Polívka, Csongor Kassai, Jaroslav Dusek
Roadblock (1951)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Honest LA insurance detective Joe Peters becomes corrupt after falling in love with sensual gold-digger model Diane.

Director: Harold Daniels
Stars: Charles McGraw, Joan Dixon, Lowell Gilmore
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In 1897, in a castle near the town of Werewolfville in the Carpathians, a slightly deranged Professor Orfanik experiments with his new inventions which include, even at this early date, television and a film camera.

Director: Oldrich Lipský
Stars: Michal Docolomanský, Evelyna Steimarová, Vlastimil Brodský
Lemonade Joe (1964)
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Straight shooting Lemonade Joe cleans up Stetson City, in this musical parody of early Westerns, after shooting the pants off villain Old Pistol. Joe's endorsement of Kolaloka (Crazy Cola) ... See full summary »

Director: Oldrich Lipský
Stars: Karel Fiala, Rudolf Deyl, Milos Kopecký
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Older group of workers are forced to attend the high school and finish it.

Director: Oldrich Lipský
Stars: Jirí Sovák, Václav Lohniský, Iva Janzurová
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two magicians, Mr. Schwarzwald and Mr. Edgar, try to outdo each other in performing elaborate magic tricks, leading to a violent ending.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Comedy | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When the famous detective Nick Carter visits Prague, he becomes involved in strange case of a missing dog and even stranger carnivorous plant. He becomes convinced that he is standing ... See full summary »

Director: Oldrich Lipský
Stars: Michal Docolomanský, Rudolf Hrusínský, Milos Kopecký
Baron Prásil (1962)
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The outrageous Baron Munchausen tells of his many adventures, from meeting the Man in the Moon to defeating a Turkish army all by himself.

Director: Karel Zeman
Stars: Milos Kopecký, Rudolf Jelínek, Jana Brejchová
Údolí vcel (1968)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Ondrej, a young boy who loves bees and bats, is introduced to his new mother, a woman much younger than his father. He brings her a basketful of flowers which she starts to throw in the air... See full summary »

Director: Frantisek Vlácil
Stars: Petr Cepek, Jan Kacer, Vera Galatíková
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A New York socialite climbs the ladder of success man by man until a life among rich gangsters gives her what she thought she always wanted.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Joan Crawford, David Brian, Steve Cochran
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karel Höger ... Prokop
Florence Marly ... Princess Wilhelmina Hagen
Eduard Linkers Eduard Linkers ... Carson
Jirí Plachý Jirí Plachý ... D'Hemon (Daimon)
Natasa Tanská Natasa Tanská ... Anci Tomes
Frantisek Smolík ... Dr. Tomes
Miroslav Homola ... Jiri Tomes
Vlasta Fabiánová ... The Veiled Woman / The Revolutionist Woman
Jaroslav Prucha Jaroslav Prucha ... Old Mail Carrier
Jirina Petrovická ... The Nurse (framing sequences)
Jaroslav Zrotal Jaroslav Zrotal ... The Doctor (framing sequences)
Bedrich Vrbský ... Baron Rohn
Bohus Hradil Bohus Hradil ... Holz (as B. Hradil)
Frantisek Vnoucek Frantisek Vnoucek ... Agitational Orator [Script Name: Rosse]
Karel Dostal ... Professor in Dream
Edit

Storyline

Based on a novel by Karel Capek, a prominent Czech writer of the early 20th century, who coined the word robot for his play R.U.R., the story revolves around a discovery of Krakatit-a powerful explosive by Prokop, the main character of the movie. After an accidental explosion in the lab, exhausted Prokop slips in and out of dream-like hallucinations. He later realizes that in his altered state of consciousness he had given the formula for making Krakatit to one of his colleagues, and he tries to stop its spread before it is too late. But there are too many dark, powerful forces interested in the ultimate explosive. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

28 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Krakatit - Ingen vil dø See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Máme rádi Cesko: Episode dated 10 June 2017 (2017) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Unique Czech drama.
27 January 2003 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

In the brief window of opportunity between the WW2 expulsion of the Nazis and the Communist take over, the Czech cinema produced films which appear to be superior to those done there before or for decades to come. KRAKATIT is the most remarkable of them we know.

It's the work of long time survivor director Vavra and features his regular leading man Hoger and globe trotting leading lady Marly (L'ALIBI, SEALED VERDICT, PLANET OF BLOOD) who has a comparatively small role and it treats a story by Capek, the country's then famous author of "R.U.R" the play that gave the word robot to the world. The original, I'm told, did not contain the A bomb analogy the film uses.

Slipping in and out of hallucination Hoger fantasizes about the ultimate explosive. The black and white imagery and the structure are well on the way to being the most imaginative of it's day. The laboratory scene anticipates one famous American film of the sixties in a way unlikely to be a coincidence. The brooding, damp atmosphere the film communicates lingers in the memory of most people who see it.

Vavra remained the industry's key figure but failed to match this work which should be more widely circulated.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed