A period war comedy which signs on to the tradition of successful French crazy comedies. The protagonists, a train engineer (Josef Abrhám) and stoker (Radek Holub), find it necessary to ...
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A period war comedy which signs on to the tradition of successful French crazy comedies. The protagonists, a train engineer (Josef Abrhám) and stoker (Radek Holub), find it necessary to beat a hasty retreat FROM the Nazis. They are forced to wear enemy uniforms and, in the company of German fugitives and a recently shot down American pilot, must find a way out of complications typical for the genre. The film features many excellent Czech actors.Written by
Czech film center
I don't know when I've laughed so often or so loud as I did while watching this flick for the first time. Even without English subtitles (and I don't speak Czech) I was in stitches practically from the beginning. It is, of course, even funnier WITH subtitles. A sort of Feydeau farce with a Czech accent, in which the principals are forever hopping into and out of each others' clothes in frantic efforts to hide their identities in the closing days of World War II as a small band of Germans struggles to make it back to the Fatherland before they are shot by Czech patriots---including some collaborators trying to pass themselves off as patriots. It's really great fun, beautifully acted, photographed and directed.
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