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Closely Watched Trains (1966)

Ostre sledované vlaky (original title)
An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform.

Director:

Jirí Menzel

Writers:

Bohumil Hrabal (novel), Bohumil Hrabal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Václav Neckár ... Milos Hrma
Josef Somr ... výpravcí Hubicka
Vlastimil Brodský ... rada Zednícek
Vladimír Valenta Vladimír Valenta ... Prednosta stanice
Alois Vachek Alois Vachek ... stanicní pomocník Novák
Ferdinand Kruta ... fotograf Noneman, Másin strýc
Jitka Scoffin Jitka Scoffin ... Mása (as Jitka Bendová)
Jitka Zelenohorská Jitka Zelenohorská ... Zdenicka Svatá
Nada Urbánková ... Victoria Freie
Libuse Havelková ... Prednostová
Kveta Fialová ... Hrabenka
Pavla Marsálková Pavla Marsálková ... Matka
Milada Jezková ... Zdenina matka
Zuzana Minichova Zuzana Minichova
Václav Fiser Václav Fiser ... Plasterer (as V. Fiser)
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Storyline

A young man follows his father's footsteps and joins the railway company, where he learns the job and has his first affair. Set in the country, during the German occupation. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

All it takes to make a man of a boy is a woman. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech | German

Release Date:

18 November 1966 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Lodenice, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,198
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Karel Höger was considered for the part of Max, eventually played by Vladimír Valenta. See more »

Goofs

The blanket covering the stamped girl changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Milos Hrma: My name is Milos Hrma. People often laughed at my name. But ours was a famous family. Great Grandfather Lukas was a drummer and fought on the Charles Bridge in Prague. The students threw cobblestones at the soldiers and hit Grand Grandfather so hard that he was pensioned off on one gulden a day. He didn't do anything after that except buying a bottle of rum and a pack of tobacco every day.
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It made me choose my profession
6 October 1998 | by PirateSee all my reviews

I saw this film at film-school. Ever since, I have rated this film as one of the very best, its beauty, seriousness, sensualism and cinematography. It is all black and white, but so full of life. I am myself a cinematographer today.

Try to watch it.


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