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90 Degrees in the Shade (1965)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 28 March 1968 (Hungary)
A respected grocery shop employee in Prague is covering up for her manager's misconduct with whom she is having an affair; however, things will get complicated when a thorough auditor pays a visit.


Jirí Weiss


David Mercer (screenplay), Jirí Mucha (story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Heywood ... Alena
James Booth ... Vorell
Rudolf Hrusínský ... invertuník JUDr Rudolf Kurka
Ann Todd ... Kurková
Donald Wolfit ... Bazant (as Sir Donald Wolfit)
Jirina Jirásková ... Vera
Jorga Kotrbová ... Hanka
Vladimír Mensík ... Emil
Jirí Sovák ... Reditel
Walter Taub Walter Taub ... Lékar (as Valtr Taub)
Vera Tichánková ... Vavrová
Vera Uzelacová Vera Uzelacová ... (as Viera Uzelacová)
Jan Cmíral Jan Cmíral ... Soused
Vlasta Jelínková Vlasta Jelínková ... Zena
Jan Libícek ... Muz v budce


In a Prague shop, an assistant has been carrying on an affair with the dishonest, married manager. An emotionally repressed auditor with domestic problems of his own uncovers serious stock discrepancies. A test of loyalties and a questioning of values concludes in tragedy. Written by Capleton

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Alena: At this rate, you'll miss your train. They'll be waiting for you...
Vorell: Leave my family out of this, will you? When I get home, I'll tell her I want a divorce.
Alena: Not again!
Vorell: What's the matter? Aren't you pleased?
Alena: You're a fool!
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Simultaneously shot in English and Czech versions: the English version runs 91 minutes and the Czech 83 (the British actors are dubbed). See more »

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Strangely compelling
1 December 2016 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

A genuine oddity. This Raymond Stross produced/Jiri Weiss directed British/Czech co-production disappeared almost before it was released despite being nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Foreign Film in the English Language. It was written by David Mercer, set and filmed in Prague with a British and Czech cast, all of whom were dubbed.

Anne Heywood is the assistant manager of a shop who is having an affair with her married boss, (a miscast James Booth), while helping him steal from their employers. Things come to a head when an auditor, who fancies Heywood, starts snooping around. He is played by Rudolf Hrusinsky, one of the Czech actors in a cast that also includes Ann Todd and Donald Wolfit.

It's superbly shot in black and white by Bedrich Batka with a terrific jazz score by Ludek Hulan. Though fundamentally 'British' it looks and feels like something from the Czech New Wave and had it been made entirely in Czech, rather than very stilted English, its critical reputation might have been much higher. As it is, it's a strange, compelling picture ripe for rediscovery.

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31 Degrees in the Shade See more »

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