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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Vostrcil ... Predseda plesového výboru
Josef Sebánek ... Clen plesového výboru
Josef Valnoha Josef Valnoha ... Clen plesového výboru
Frantisek Debelka ... Clen plesového výboru
Josef Rehorek Josef Rehorek ... Clen plesového výboru
Vratislav Cermák Vratislav Cermák ... Clen plesového výboru
Jan Stöckl ... Retired Fire Chief
Václav Novotný Václav Novotný ... Clen plesového výboru
Frantisek Reinstein Frantisek Reinstein ... Clen plesového výboru
Frantisek Paska Frantisek Paska ... Clen plesového výboru
Ladislav Adam Ladislav Adam ... Clen plesového výboru
Josef Kolb ... Josef
Stanislav Holubec Stanislav Holubec ... Karel
Frantisek Svet ... deda Havelka
Josef Kutálek Josef Kutálek ... Ludva
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A Masterpiece from Czechoslovakia See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #145. See more »

Quotes

Ball Emcee: Attention please! Attention please! I ask all the chosen candidates for the beauty contest, all these comrades, should come to the room behind the bar. I repeat: behind the bar!
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Alternate Versions

In the United States, this film was shown in both subtitled and English-dubbed versions. See more »


Soundtracks

From Me to you
(uncredited)
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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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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