Night Riders

Martin Hollý, 1980



Early twentieth century history is the terrain of director Martin Hollý in this 1981 motion picture co-produced by the Barrandov (Prague) and Koliba (Slovakia) film studios. Noční jezdci (Night Riders) tell the story of former Czech legionnaires, who serve in border patrols on the Slovak-Polish border in 1920. Police constable Eda Halva (Radoslav Brzobohatý) arrives in a remote village to deal with local horse smugglers. The honourable war veteran gains a mortal adversary in Marek Orban (Michal Dočolomanský), who wants to use the proceeds from horse smuggling to move the entire village to America. Unfortunately, his hopes are dashed in a series of bloody skirmishes that turn out to be entirely needless in the light of later “big” historical events. Beautiful mountain locales, an unusual, almost western-like plot, and great acting performances feature in this genre drama.
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About a film

film_production_year 1980
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres drama
film_form feature
film_duration 93 min
film_director Martin Hollý
film_cast Radoslav Brzobohatý, Michal Dočolomanský, Leopold Haverl, Jozef Adamovič, Soňa Valentová, Petr Čepek
film_director_of_photography František Uldrich
film_screenplay Tibor Vichta
film_film_editor Maximilián Remeň
film_production_designer Juraj Červík
film_music_composed_by Svetozár Stračina
film_sound_designer Milan Strojný