Zdenek Sirový, 1978



Major changes are taking place at a prominent metallurgical enterprise: the experienced but ailing head of operations Budil is being replaced and workers are struggling to install a new exhauster. While the offended Budil, who has sacrificed everything for his work, struggles to accept his young substitute, a catastrophe is brewing in the gasworks. It threatens to destroy an entire city… Due to his previous filmmaking activities and political views, director Zdeněk Sirový was made to repent in the 1970s. Together with screenwriter Jiří Křižan they were later allowed to make three adventure films based on the short stories of Jack London; Kaňon samé zlato (A Canyon Full of Gold, 1970), Poslední výstřel Davida Sandela (David Sandel’s Last Shot, 1971) and Claim na Hluchém potoku (The Claim at the Deaf Creek, 1971) as well as two films about industry; Hrozba (Threat, 1978) and Paragraf 224 (Paragraph 224, 1979). With the popular Vladimír Menšík in the lead role, the film bears some of the hallmarks of a typical Hollywood disaster movie.
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About a film

film_production_year 1978
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres drama
film_form feature
film_duration 85 min
film_director Zdenek Sirový
film_cast Vladimír Menšík, Ladislav Frej, Vladimír Durdík, Jaroslav Rozsíval, Jiří Wohanka
film_director_of_photography Jiří Macák
film_screenplay Jiří Křižan, Zdenek Sirový
film_film_editor Zdeněk Stehlík
film_production_designer Jindřich Goetz
film_music_composed_by Luboš Fišer
film_sound_designer Jiří Lenoch