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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Head of Committee
... Committee Member #2
Josef Valnoha ... Committee Member
Frantisek Debelka ... Committee Member #1
Josef Kolb ... Josef
Jan Stöckl ... Retired Fire Chief
Vratislav Cermák ... Committee Member
Josef Rehorek ... Committee Member #4
Václav Novotný ... Committee Member
Frantisek Reinstein ... Committee Member
Frantisek Paska ... Committee Member
Stanislav Holubec ... Karel
Josef Kutálek ... Ludva
Frantisek Svet ... Old Man
Ladislav Adam ... Committee Member
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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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Banned in 1968 by the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia. See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons Movie (2007) See more »

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From Me to you
(uncredited)
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Played by the band at the ball
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What communism it's all about....
5 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Great film,meaningful, complete,short(73 min.).I'V just seen it for the first time today,a DVD Criterion Collection(a big 'THANK YOU').You have everything in there:comedy,drama,etc. I was born in Romania in '69 so I remember very well times like that. Stealing was a national sport and,unfortunately,it doesn't stop today.

If you are born and have live in a former communist country you'll treasure this film and you'll laugh with bitten tears remembering old times.If not,try to understand how life was for the others,less fortunate than you.

Don't miss the features on DVD,Milos Forman talks about the politics in that times.


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