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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Václav Neckár ... Milos Hrma
Josef Somr ... Hubicka
Vlastimil Brodský ... Zednicek
Vladimír Valenta Vladimír Valenta ... Max
Alois Vachek Alois Vachek ... Novak
Ferdinand Kruta ... Uncle Noneman
Jitka Scoffin Jitka Scoffin ... Masa (as Jitka Bendová)
Jitka Zelenohorská Jitka Zelenohorská ... Zdenka
Nada Urbánková ... Victoria Freie
Libuse Havelková ... Max's wife
Kveta Fialová ... The countess
Pavla Marsálková Pavla Marsálková ... Mother
Milada Jezková ... Zdenka's mother
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>

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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 »

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmové studio Barrandov See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rudolf Hrusínský was considered for the part of Hubicka, eventually played by Josef Somr. 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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A splendid story and a wonderful picture
10 April 2000 | by vperelloSee all my reviews

When I saw this film, about twenty years ago, I knew nothing about Bohumil Hrabal, the author of the novel, and Jiri Menzel, the director. Later I knew about the situation that many talented people went through in Czechoslovakia after "The Prague springtime" and the invasion of the country by the soviet tanks in 1968. Now I am a fan of the czech sense of humour but I still remember that evening twenty years ago when I saw what was probably my first czech film and the enormous pleasure that causes me this almost perfect movie.


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