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Closely Watched Trains (1966)

Ostre sledované vlaky (original title)
An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform.

Director:

Jirí Menzel

Writers:

Bohumil Hrabal (novel), Bohumil Hrabal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Václav Neckár ... Milos Hrma
Jitka Scoffin Jitka Scoffin ... Mása (as Jitka Bendová)
Vladimír Valenta Vladimír Valenta ... Prednosta stanice
Libuse Havelková ... Prednostová
Josef Somr ... výpravcí Hubicka
Alois Vachek Alois Vachek ... stanicní pomocník Novák
Jitka Zelenohorská Jitka Zelenohorská ... Zdenicka Svatá
Vlastimil Brodský ... rada Zednícek
Ferdinand Kruta ... fotograf Noneman, Másin strýc
Kveta Fialová ... Hrabenka
Nada Urbánková ... Victoria Freie
Václav Fiser Václav Fiser ... Plasterer (as V. Fiser)
Miloslav Homola Miloslav Homola ... Tailor (as M. Homola)
Karel Hovorka Karel Hovorka ... Hradlar (as K. Hovorka)
Vladimír Hrabánek ... (as V. Hrabánek)
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Storyline

A young man follows his father's footsteps and joins the railway company, where he learns the job and has his first affair. Set in the country, during the German occupation. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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People kept telling young, lazy inexperienced Miles "Work makes you grow up. War Makes you grow up. Sex makes you grow up." So young, lazy, inexperienced Miles went to work, went to war, went, etc...etc See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech | German

Release Date:

18 November 1966 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Closely Watched Trains See more »

Filming Locations:

Lodenice, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,198
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Voted One of the Year's Ten Best Films by the 1967 New York Times Film Critics. See more »

Goofs

The blanket covering the stamped girl changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Milos Hrma: My name is Milos Hrma. People often laughed at my name. But ours was a famous family. Great Grandfather Lukas was a drummer and fought on the Charles Bridge in Prague. The students threw cobblestones at the soldiers and hit Grand Grandfather so hard that he was pensioned off on one gulden a day. He didn't do anything after that except buying a bottle of rum and a pack of tobacco every day.
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Unusual use of stamp pads!
23 November 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Imagine coming of age in a time when you are surrounded by sexual images. This Academy Award winning film can be the Czechoslovakian version of so many of the Judd Apatow films we see today.

Brilliantly photographed in black and white, it shows Milos (Václav Neckár) trying to become a man. His first opportunity with his girlfriend Masa (Jitka Bendová) ends in disaster and he attempts suicide. His doctor advises him to get a more experienced woman to teach him, so he goes on a quest to find one.

This all takes place during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, so there are many political overtones to the film. It is hilarious as Milos works at a train station where his coworker Hubicka (Josef Somr) doesn't seem to have problems getting action whenever he wants.

He does manage to arrange help for Milos, but tragedy strikes before he is able to use his new found knowledge with his girlfriend.

An excellent picture and a real funny story that manages to avoid the crudity of modern tales of the same sort.


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