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Nemocnice na kraji mesta 

A brilliant TV series following the lives of medical personnel at the orthopaedic ward of a hospital at the end of the city. Strong characters, believable plots, balanced humour and drama, ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Ladislav Chudík ...  Dr. Sova / ... 20 episodes, 1978-1981
Milos Kopecký ...  Dr. Strosmajer 20 episodes, 1978-1981
Josef Abrhám ...  Dr. Arnost Blazej / ... 20 episodes, 1978-1981
Jana Stepánková ...  Dr. Dana Králová 20 episodes, 1978-1981
Eliska Balzerová ...  Dr. Alzbeta Cenková / ... 20 episodes, 1978-1981
Iva Janzurová ...  Hunková / ... 20 episodes, 1978-1981
Ladislav Frej ...  Karel Sova Jr. 19 episodes, 1978-1981
Andrea Cunderlíková ...  Ina 19 episodes, 1978-1981
Nina Popelíková ...  Jáchymová / ... 19 episodes, 1978-1981
Frantisek Nemec ...  Dr. Rehor / ... 17 episodes, 1978-1981
Josef Vinklár ...  Dr. Cvach / ... 15 episodes, 1978-1981
Jaromír Hanzlík ...  Roman Jáchym / ... 15 episodes, 1978-1981
Josef Somr ...  Reditel 12 episodes, 1978-1981
Josef Dvorák ...  Václav Penkava / ... 12 episodes, 1978-1981
Viktor Preiss ...  Premysl Rezek / ... 12 episodes, 1978
Hana Maciuchová ...  Blazejová 11 episodes, 1978-1981
Ladislav Pesek ...  Dr. Vrtiska / ... 11 episodes, 1978-1981


A brilliant TV series following the lives of medical personnel at the orthopaedic ward of a hospital at the end of the city. Strong characters, believable plots, balanced humour and drama, high attention to detail and medical accurancy made the series part of Czechoslovak TV heritage. Remains popular in central Europe since first released in 1978. Written by specialisto01

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Release Date:

5 November 1978 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Krankenhaus am Rande der Stadt See more »

Filming Locations:

Most, Czech Republic See more »

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Ceskoslovenská Televize See more »
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(20 episodes)

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Helga Cocková, who played Irena Strosmajerová, was originally considered for a part of Marta Hunková, eventually played by Iva Janzurová. See more »


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A forgotten highlight
10 October 2009 | by hasoschSee all my reviews

"Nemocnice Na Kraji Mesta" (lit.: "The Hospital in the Suburbs", 1978-1981) was probably the most successful European TV series ever. It was directed by legendary Czech director Jaroslav Dietl and broadcast in 20 episodes in no less than 21 countries - USA excluded. In the case someone from a production company reads these lines, let me thus suggest: Get the rights, put this series on international DVDs, hopefully with sensible subtitling, and you will have the next great success in your business.

"The Hospital in the Suburbs" plays in the Hospital in the outskirts of a Czech industry quarter, called Bor (in reality: Most). For all those who do not know the basic structure of communist cities: the outskirts is where the industrial plants are/were, and there also the laborers lived, outside of the historical cities, amongst themselves, together, but isolated. Thus, people who come into the hospital in the movie belong to the category of the poor and the poorest. Now, as you know: Who has no money, has no rights. Applied to medicine in most countries, this means: humiliation before healing, waiting for hours in crowded waiting rooms, treatment by beginner-physicians or, worse, by nurses (exclusively USA), lodging in 12 bed-halls, tranquilizing instead of discussion, penetration in public instead of appropriateness in privacy, and so on. Moreover, the physician knows everything about you, but you know nothing about him which puts him into an absolute position of might.

However, what the movie shows, is insofar romantic, as everything that goes on in the hospital of "Bor" is quite opposite: There is the extremely sympathetic Dr. Strosmajer (played by the unforgettable Czech film-giant Milos Kopecky), an overweight chain-smoker and drinker who cannot overcome the misery that he sees everyday and whose compassion with his patients almost eats him up. He is contrasted by the cold and non-passionate ruler-type, the chief-physician Dr. Blazej and the assistant-physician, the attractive Dr. Alzbieta Cenkova, who is the focus of many male doctors as well as patients in the hospital. What makes "Nemocnice Na Kraji Mesta" really special, is not only that the fates of the patients are really shown in a naturalist way, but that the film shows also what is going on amongst the physicians and how these interrelationships affect the situation of the patients. The movie - or better the 20 1-hour-episodes - have a very high entertaining-value. We speak here about a true highlight that has been forgotten behind the Iron Curtain.

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