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I Served the King of England (2006)

Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále (original title)
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A look at the glamorous life at an old-world Prague hotel.

Director:

Jirí Menzel

Writers:

Bohumil Hrabal (novel), Jirí Menzel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivan Barnev ... mladý Jan Díte
Oldrich Kaiser ... staý rJan Díte
Julia Jentsch ... Líza
Marián Labuda ... Walden
Milan Lasica ... Profesor
Zuzana Fialová ... Marcela
Martin Huba ... Skrivánek
Josef Abrhám ... Hotelier Brandejs
Jirí Lábus ... séf hotelu U Zlatého mesta Prahy
Rudolf Hrusínský ... Tichota
Pavel Nový ... Generál
Jaromír Dulava ... císník Karel
Petra Hrebícková ... Jaruska
Eva Kalcovská Eva Kalcovská ... Wanda
Sárka Petruzelová Sárka Petruzelová ... Julinka
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Czechoslovakia, 1963. Jan Díte is released from prison after serving 15 years. He goes into semi exile in a deserted village near the German border. In flashbacks, he tells his story: he's a small, clever and quick-witted young man, stubbornly naïve, a vendor at a train station. Thanks to a patron, he becomes a waiter at upscale hotels and restaurants. We see him discover how the wealthy tick and how to please women. He strives to be a millionaire with his own hotel. Before the war, he meets Líza, a German woman in Prague. Is this his ticket to wealth or his undoing? Meanwhile, we see Jan putting a life together after prison: why was he sentenced, and who will he become? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Ambition will get you anywhere

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The scenes for the Hotel Pariz restaurant were filmed in the main restaurant in Prague's Obecni Dum (Civic House), just around the corner from the actual Hotel Pariz. Both restaurants were designed in the Art Nouveau style by artist Alphons Mucha, but the Obecni Dum restaurant is larger. See more »

Goofs

In the cinema, where Dite is about to meet Liza, the first few rows of seats are from the original, 1930's era (made of wood, etc). From the fifth row on towards the back of the cinema the seats look like more modern day cinema seats. See more »

Quotes

Jan Díte, older: A person becomes most human, often against his own will, when he begins to founder, when he is derailed and deprived of order.
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Connections

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Von mir aus kann's regnen
Composed by Willy Richartz (as Willi Richartz)
Written by Charles Amberg
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a travel
27 April 2013 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

a travel with many dimensions. short history of Central Europe in XX century, charming trip across the life of a little man and his dreams, ironic, sarcastic, testimony and word of Ecclesiast, it is charming and seductive. and that is not a surprise. a great director and a nice novel are basis of expected success. but this success is, in fact, result of spices. melancholia, regrets, innocence as instrument to resist against gray world, humor as perfect option to describe a kind of Forrest Gump and his steps. for viewer from East Europe , it is a support for not forgive the past traces. for the others, it can be a comedy or a salt-sweet film. it is , like each film, only a window. and that is enough.


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Language:

Czech | German | French | English | Italian | Korean

Release Date:

11 January 2007 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

I Served the King of England See more »

Filming Locations:

Harrachov, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CZK84,450,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,218, 31 August 2008

Gross USA:

$617,403

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,354,478
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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