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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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Country:

Czechoslovakia | Italy

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

29 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Firemen's Ball See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Návrat idiota (1999) 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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Superb lost comedy
15 September 2011 | by mikelang42See all my reviews

Reaching 70 years young in a few weeks, I was thinking about some of the films I most enjoyed when young and would I still enjoy them now? The Fireman's Ball seems to be a lost comedy here in the UK. It never pops up on TV and does not appear in film festivals or revival houses.What a loss to those who were not alive in 1967. If your a Brit reading this think Dad's Army and then fireman instead and your nearly there.Its country of origin is Czechoslovakia,with a little help from Italy, a big hit with a best foreign film Oscar, a running time of 73 mins and not one minute wasted.A town's fire department celebrating with a ball to honour it's retired elderly chief, a beauty contest and a large table with raffle prizes that vanish one by one, that's it,but oh boy it is good, totally droll and very funny.The punchline at it's end maybe posted but who cares. If only some of the comedies today knew when to stop. Really pleased that this was one old film I rerented.


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