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The Secret of Steel City (1979)

Tajemství Ocelového mesta (original title)
Two scientists use their inherited fortune differently. One designs a beautiful town called Fortuna, while the second builds huge factories to make munitions known as Steel City.


Ludvík Ráza


Ludvík Ráza (collaborating writer), Jules Verne (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaromír Hanzlík ... Ingenieur Marcel Zodiak / Moltke
Martin Ruzek ... Doktor lekarskych vied Francois Sarrasin
Josef Vinklár ... Profesor chemie Eric Janus
Jan Potmesil ... Viktor
Josef Somr ... Vent
Petr Cepek ... Filbank
Vilém Besser ... Arminius
Tatjana Medvecká ... Alice
Borivoj Navrátil ... Siniger
Cestmír Randa ... Reditel internátu
Josef Bláha ... Captain
Josef Vetrovec ... Mallery
Jan Preucil ... Dustojník
Antonín Hardt ... Tajny
Ladislav Potmesil ... Dozor na internátu


Two scientists use their inherited fortune differently. One designs a beautiful town called Fortuna, while the second builds huge factories to make munitions known as Steel City.

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Adventure | Sci-Fi







Release Date:

1 May 1979 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret of Steel City See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The BBC serialised the film in the 1980's for Children's television. Split into three parts and narrated by James Laurenson. See more »

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Jules Verne's sci-fi book transposed into the Cold War
28 June 2006 | by Josef_SchweikSee all my reviews

One city wants to live in peace, while their neighbors (The Steel City) is building a bomb that kills people but does not damage buildings or equipment. This is an oblique reference to the Neutron Bomb, the development of which was fostered by the Reagan administration. The Neutron Bomb is a tactical weapon primarily intended to kill soldiers who are protected by armor. This was naturally a MAJOR thorn in the eye of the Soviets, and therefore this movie was made. The original Jules Verne's book provided a fitting story the Czechoslovakian media censors of the time found useful.

The original book by Jules Verne tells a similar story from a different angle. It is set at the turn of the 19th century in the U.S. state of Oregon and tells a story of two fictional cities: one French and one German. The German city (Steel City or Stahlstadt) is one big factory producing the best steel and military machinery, and is rumored to be developing a secret weapon. On the other hand, the neighboring French city is depicted as the poster child of peacefulness. Clearly, this is Verne's take on the German unification under Bismarck following France's defeat in 1871, and the consequent German military buildup leading to World War I.

I saw this movie in the 1980s and remember that it had great sets and good acting.

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