Taming Crocodiles

About the film

New film by Marie Polednakova, a phenomenon of the highest order in Czech comedy films who has achieved unparalleled success, director and screenwriter of the comedy of the century YOU MAKE THE WORLD FUN (S tebou mě baví svět) and legendary films HOW TO PULL OUT A WHALE’S TOOTH (Jak vytrhnout velrybě stoličku) and HOW TO GET DADDY INTO A FIX (Jak dostat tatínka do polepšovny). Marie Polednakova  has returned to film directing after sicteen years ti create an impressive family comedy TOMING CROCODILES (Jak se krotí krokodýli). She has again shown her originality, sense of humor and mastery of directing that are appreciated by young and old viewers alike.


A comedy full of good intentions or who would want to stay alone?

Life is wonderful when you are 19 and an adventurous journey on far away islands is on the horizon. When daddy – a mountain rescue team member - decides at the last moment to go with his little daughter’s class to the mountains as a nurse… When grandpa from the country decides to take a computer course, but, more than the lessons, he is interested in the charming lady professor.

Unfortunately there are also human beings, whose feet are planted firmly on the ground, and they start to complicate the plans of our three men... Mum must not find out about 19-year-old Vasek’s adventure expedition, because she would never allow him to cancel a university semester for such a dangerous trip. The beautiful lady teacher is waging a losing battle with daddy, Lubos, for the children’s affection. And finally two country dames, who are competing for grandpa’s attention, get impatient with his mysterious disappearances. The merry-go-round of comic situations is starting to turn. Mum, Anna, waits for Lubos’s return in vain and the two alarmed country dames keep following grandpa everywhere and won’t leave him alone. But the children in the High Tatra mountains are delighted: they have never had such a wonderful school trip. Little Amalka writes excited letters to her mum about how helpful daddy is, how everyone loves him and how he spends the nights with the lady teacher in the bathroom… Things are quickly moving ahead, a conflict between Anna and Lubos seems to be unavoidable…

This moving and humorous story will be appreciated by all from 7 to 70. 

Producer: Miloslav Šmídmajer / BIO ILLUSION
Co-producers: TV NOVA / RWE Transgas, a.s.
General partnert: Poštovní spořitelna
Support: State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography
Distribution: Falcon

Premiere date: 11. 1. 2006
Year od the production: 2005
Dolby Digital / 1:1.85 / 112 min. / 35 mm

More numbers describing the success of TAMING CROCODILES

  • 620,000 tickets sold at the box office
  • 8 weeks in the number one spot on the TOP TEN list
  • 3rd most successful Czech film of 2006
  • 35,000 DVD copies sold
  • 400.000 copies to be burned in the fall of 2007
Shown on HBO
International film festivals: Montreal, Cairo, Karlovy Vary, Zlin and others
TV broadcasts starting 1.12.2007: TV NOVA, MARKIZA / Slovakia
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