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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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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #145. See more »

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Referenced in Návrat idiota (1999) 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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Sincere comedy takes place at a drunken Czech firemen party
17 February 2000 | by GoatPodaSee all my reviews

Often hilarious comedy was an early effort by Forman. The characters reveal their attributes and flaws over the course of a drunken bash that involves stealing, sex, abundant alcohol consumption, and a Fireman's Ball Beauty Contest. Forman had to deny that there was a political message behind the film in Socialist late 60's Czechoslavakia. He has a rare talent for presenting humans, not necessarily pretty, but engaging and natural. Forman encourages us in an introduction to not think too much.


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