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The Firemen's Ball (1967)

Horí, má panenko (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 29 September 1968 (USA)
A volunteer fire department throws a party for their former boss with the whole town invited, but nothing goes as planned.

Director:

Milos Forman

Writers:

Milos Forman (screenplay), Jaroslav Papousek (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Vostrcil ... Head of Committee
Josef Sebánek ... Committee Member #2
Josef Valnoha Josef Valnoha ... Committee Member
Frantisek Debelka Frantisek Debelka ... Committee Member #1
Josef Kolb Josef Kolb ... Josef
Jan Stöckl Jan Stöckl ... Retired Fire Chief
Vratislav Cermák Vratislav Cermák ... Committee Member
Josef Rehorek Josef Rehorek ... Committee Member #4
Václav Novotný Václav Novotný ... Committee Member
Frantisek Reinstein Frantisek Reinstein ... Committee Member
Frantisek Paska Frantisek Paska ... Committee Member
Stanislav Holubec Stanislav Holubec ... Karel
Josef Kutálek Josef Kutálek ... Ludva
Frantisek Svet Frantisek Svet ... Old Man
Ladislav Adam Ladislav Adam ... Committee Member
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Storyline

The volunteer fire department in a small town is having a big party when the ex-boss of the department celebrates his 86th birthday. The whole town is invited but things don't go as planned. Someone is stealing the prizes to the lottery and the candidates for the Miss Fire-Department beauty contest are neither willing nor particularly beautiful. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

A Masterpiece from Czechoslovakia See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Czechoslovakia | Italy

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

29 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Firemen's Ball and Lottery See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Czechoslovakia's official submission to 41st Academy Award's Foreign Language in 1969. See more »

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Featured in The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012) See more »

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From Me to you
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Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Played by the band at the ball
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Hilarious!
11 December 2001 | by DrMemorySee all my reviews

I'm not much of a foreign film fan, and tend to avoid subtitled films. But I ran across this film on TV one day, and it captured me.

It feels as real as a documentary, and it is as funny as movies get. You'll also pick up a real feeling of how another society might be.

Don't miss this, even if you have to buy it.


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