The Good Soldier Švejk

  • Czech Republic
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The best known adaptation for film of Jaroslav Hašek’s satirical novel joins timeless humor with trenchant irony, the target of which is not limited to the senselessness of war alone. The peculiar protagonist who, while overzealously carrying out the orders of his superiors, becomes a calamity for those around him, is visually inspired by the illustrations of Josef Lada and played by the unforgettable Rudolf Hrušínský. Dividing the plot into a two part cycle (the second part, Beg to Report, Sir, was released one year later) enabled Karel Steklý to transfer his literary source onto the silver screen in the most faithful manner.

Jaroslav Hašek’s humoristic novel, a classic of Czech satire, is a work often sought after by filmmakers. The first version of the Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Svejk was a silent film directed by Karel Lamač in 1926 which set off a series of adaptations for film, some only loosely inspired by the novel, that drew from the popularity of the hero. The character of Schweik has also appeared several times in animated works such as the feature length puppet film by Jiří Trnka.


  • Original Title
    Dobrý voják Švejk
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Karel Steklý
  • Cast
    Rudolf Hrušinský, Eva Svobodová, Josef Hlinomaz, František Filipovský, Miloš Kopecký, Svatopluk Beneš, Božen Havlíčková, Felix le Breux, Libuše Bokrová...
  • Cinematography
    Rudolf Stahl ml.
  • Editing
    Miroslav Hájek
  • Music
    Jan Seidel
  • Sound
    Miloslav Hůrka
  • Runtime
    105 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
  • Format
    • Colour
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