Case of Dead Schoolmates

Dušan Klein, 1976

Film at Filmový přehled


When directing his popular crime dramas, Dušan Klein was fond of drawing inspiration from real cases, as he did for Případ mrtvých spolužáků (The Case of Dead Schoolmates, 1976). Like Případ mrtvého muže (The Case of the Dead Man, 1974), whose storyline was also created by Jindřich Kühnel, the film centres on a western agent. The businessman Schmidt (Milan Riehs) has previous form as a renegade. During the war, as a high school student in Kostelec, he denounced a schoolmate to the Nazis, leading to the youth’s arrest and execution. Now Schmidt tries to hide his guilt and to recruit new agents from the ranks of morally corrupted citizens. Thus he becomes the catalyst for several more violent deaths… Jaroslav Moučka once again plays the part of Major Sojka but Klein fails to create a character of the calibre of the crime investigator Major Zeman.
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About a film

Production year 1976
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres drama, spy
Form feature
Duration 85 min
Director Dušan Klein
Cast Milan Riehs, Jaroslav Moučka, Václav Mareš, Svatopluk Matyáš, Eduard Cupák
Director of photography Jiří Stöhr
Screenplay Karel Cop
Editor Josef Dobřichovský
Production designer Karel Vacek
Music Svatopluk Havelka
Sound designer Ladislav Hausdorf