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A dark comedy about a murder and its consequences presented in a backwards manner, where death is actually a rebirth. The film starts with an "execution" of the main protagonist and goes ... See full summary »

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Oldrich Lipský

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Oldrich Lipský (screenplay), Oldrich Lipský (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Vladimír Mensík ... Butcher Bedrich Frydrych
Jaroslava Obermaierová ... Julie
Josef Abrhám ... Ptacek
Bohus Záhorský ... Tchán
Stella Zázvorková ... Tchyné
Jaroslav Stercl ... Strázník
Helena Ruzicková ... Cernovláska
Josef Hlinomaz ... Komisar
Martin Ruzek ... Zalobce
Jirí Steimar Jirí Steimar
Bedrich Prokos ... Knéz
Mirko Musil ... Dozorce
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lena Birková Lena Birková ... Zajícová
Ilona Bradácová Ilona Bradácová ... Svagrová
Lubomír Bryg Lubomír Bryg ... Pokládnik
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A dark comedy about a murder and its consequences presented in a backwards manner, where death is actually a rebirth. The film starts with an "execution" of the main protagonist and goes back to explore his previous actions and motivations. Written by suab

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

10 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Final Feliz See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmové studio Barrandov See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Just before the wedding scene, Bedrich and Julia wake up with the former wearing a white shirt and black pants while Julia is topless. This is way different compared to what they wore the day 'after' - Bedrich and Julia are clad in their night clothes. There is also no indication of any days passing between that and the honeymoon. See more »

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Referenced in Show Leose Marese: Episode #1.10 (2015) See more »

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Genuinely hilarious
29 August 2007 | by lhommeinsipideSee all my reviews

I haven't laughed this hard at a film in so long. I had always been looking for this film, but forgot about it until I saw it on offer from an independent company. It really does run 100% in reverse. Dialogue is mouthed backwards, tears run upwards - everything. The story line is a stroke of genius though. Forwards, it might have made a nice, if dull, murder mystery, but played in reverse it becomes a different story entirely - and almost conceivable. The copy I bought had very questionable subtitles, which only brought on more laughter, but it was still easy to understand. Why this never had its day is beyond me - bring it back!


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