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How to Drown Dr. Mracek, the Lawyer (1975)

Jak utopit dr. Mrácka aneb Konec vodníku v Cechách (original title)
There are still water spirits among us. One group lives in Prague, led by Mr. Wassermann, who is using his wife's family as servants. All they need is their old house near the river. But ... See full summary »

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Václav Vorlícek
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaromír Hanzlík ... Dr. Jindrich Mrácek
Libuse Safránková ... Jana Vodicková
Frantisek Filipovský ... Bertík Vodicka
Milos Kopecký ... Wassermann
Vladimír Mensík ... Karel Vodicka, plávcík
Zdenek Rehor ... potápec Alois Vodicka, Janin otec
Stella Zázvorková ... Doc. Mrácková, Jindrichová matka
Eva Trejtnarová ... Polly, Wassermannová dcera
Cestmír Randa ... Albert Bach, vodník z reky Inn
Míla Myslíková ... Matylda, Wassermannova zena
Vlastimil Hasek ... chirurg Honza, Jindrichuv kamarád
Jirí Hrzán ... vodník Thomas
Miroslav Masopust Miroslav Masopust ... vodník Rolf
Gabriela Wilhelmová ... osetrovatelka Ruzenka
Milena Steinmasslová ... Krista, Janina kamarádka
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There are still water spirits among us. One group lives in Prague, led by Mr. Wassermann, who is using his wife's family as servants. All they need is their old house near the river. But the house is to be demolished. They have to stop it. And the only way is to drown Dr. Mrácek, who is responsible for the demolition. But he falls in love with Wassermann's niece Jana. He changes to a fish, is mistaken for the water spirit from Germany, is drowned and revived again. The other problem is the flour with ears... and so on... Written by Hyena

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

October 1983 (USA) See more »

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Screenwriter Milos Macourek wrote the part of Matylda, the tyrannical head of the water-spirits family, specifically for Helena Ruzicková. However, the actress was politically undesirable at the time for the Czechoslovakian totalitarian regime and was not allowed to shoot the film. For Míla Myslíková, who eventually played Matylda, this was rare performance in such negative role. See more »

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Referenced in Hotel Hvezdár (2018) See more »

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Pár svých dusí mít
Music by Vítezslav Hádl, lyrics by Petr Markov
Performed by Valerie Cizmárová
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a lovely comedy
27 March 1999 | by erica-14See all my reviews

It's a pity but it's improbable you'll have the possibility to see this movie outside the Czech Republic (where is still very popular and people for sure don't need my comment about it). It's a modern fairy tale, witty and a bit romantic, about a group of water spirits living in Prague and their relationship with normal human beings.

I've seen this movie twice and I've highly enjoyed his humor, although my knowledge of Czech language is still poor.

BTW the title means "How to drown Dr. M. or the end of water spirits in Bohemia"


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