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How to Drown Dr. Mracek, the Lawyer (1975)

Jak utopit dr. Mrácka aneb Konec vodníku v Cechách (original title)
There are still water spirits among us. One group lives in Prague, led by Mr. Wassermann, who is using his wife's family as servants. All they need is their old house near the river. But ... See full summary »

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Václav Vorlícek
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaromír Hanzlík ... Dr. Jindrich Mrácek
Libuse Safránková ... Jana Vodicková
Frantisek Filipovský ... Bertík Vodicka
Milos Kopecký ... Wassermann
Vladimír Mensík ... Karel Vodicka, plávcík
Zdenek Rehor ... potápec Alois Vodicka, Janin otec
Stella Zázvorková ... Doc. Mrácková, Jindrichová matka
Eva Trejtnarová ... Polly, Wassermannová dcera
Cestmír Randa ... Albert Bach, vodník z reky Inn
Míla Myslíková ... Matylda, Wassermannova zena
Vlastimil Hasek ... chirurg Honza, Jindrichuv kamarád
Jirí Hrzán ... vodník Thomas
Miroslav Masopust Miroslav Masopust ... vodník Rolf
Gabriela Wilhelmová ... osetrovatelka Ruzenka
Milena Steinmasslová ... Krista, Janina kamarádka
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There are still water spirits among us. One group lives in Prague, led by Mr. Wassermann, who is using his wife's family as servants. All they need is their old house near the river. But the house is to be demolished. They have to stop it. And the only way is to drown Dr. Mrácek, who is responsible for the demolition. But he falls in love with Wassermann's niece Jana. He changes to a fish, is mistaken for the water spirit from Germany, is drowned and revived again. The other problem is the flour with ears... and so on... Written by Hyena

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Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

October 1983 (USA) See more »

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Screenwriter Milos Macourek wrote the part of Matylda, the tyrannical head of the water-spirits family, specifically for Helena Ruzicková. However, the actress was politically undesirable at the time for the Czechoslovakian totalitarian regime and was not allowed to shoot the film. For Míla Myslíková, who eventually played Matylda, this was rare performance in such negative role. See more »

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Referenced in 7 pádu Honzy Dedka: Vladimír Polívka (2017) See more »

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Znala panna pána
Music by Vítezslav Hádl, lyrics by Petr Markov
Performed by Václav Neckár and Helena Vondrácková
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Really refreshing
4 October 2004 | by byunkerSee all my reviews

I highly recommend this movie. I grew up in Czechoslovakia and this one was one of my favorites. I sometimes miss the light touch, self-mocking undertone and the absurd sense of humor in comedy making , as it appears in many Czech comedies of the 1960-1970's era, which was really refreshing during the "heavy" cold war times over there. Couple of other ones I greatly miss, because of the same reason, are Divka na kosteti and Pane vy jste vdova, if you ever have a chance to view, they are also hilariously funny and really endearing. They had a great way of bringing the fantastic and magical into our every day reality, making you wish you really could travel through your plumbing or jump into a well and show up in a different world. Witty enough for adults, while clean and fun for kids, too. My only hope is some day I'll be able to purchase these movies here in the US on DVD.


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