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A remake of the 1948 atomic-age film, "Krakatit", by the same director. A scrupulous scientist is in the throes of a serious ethical dilemma after creating a highly-efficient explosive which may bring immeasurable suffering to mankind.


Otakar Vávra


Karel Capek (novel), Jirí Sotola | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Jozef Adamovic ... Dan (as Josef Adamowic)
Karel Bodnár Karel Bodnár
Jana Brezková ... Terrorist
Radoslav Brzobohatý ... Prokop
András Bálint András Bálint ... Vudce teroristu
Karel Chromík Karel Chromík ... Detective
Simona Chytrová Simona Chytrová
Markéta Fiserová
Jirí Holý
Rudolf Hrusínský ... Carson
Tomás Jancarík Tomás Jancarík
Gustav Jankovsky Gustav Jankovsky
Petr Kalandra Petr Kalandra ... Singer
Jerzy Kamas ... Dai Mon
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Revisiting his own 1948 post-war science-fiction-thriller film, "Krakatit", itself an adaptation of the prophetic 1922 Karel Capek novel by the same name, Czech director Otakar Vávra offers us a more modern view of this classic through this 1981 remake. The story centers around Prokop, a scrupulous scientist responsible for the invention of a highly-efficient explosive who, foreseeing the consequences of his invention once in the hands of those in power, spins into delirium as he faces the moral dilemma presented by his secret, then the crushing guilt and regret for his role in releasing such a potent tool of mass destruction unto the world, and the inevitable catastrophe that follows. The novel presaged the atomic age by two decades and even anticipated, three decades prior, the same deep ethical remorse that J.R. Oppenheimer, a "father of the atomic bomb", would later bring to public attention (ending in the revocation of all his security clearances). The themes presented in this ... Written by pdlussier1

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1 September 1980 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

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Cerne slunce See more »

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Filmové studio Barrandov See more »
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Color | Color (Eastmancolor)
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Referenced in Na plovárne: Na plovárne s Miroslavem Ondríckem (2000) See more »

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