|Ondrej Vetchy||Frantisek Sláma|
|Krystof Hadek||Karel Vojtisek|
|Hans-Jorg Assmann||Doctor Blaschke|
|Charles Dance||Wing-Commander Bentley|
|Anna Massey||English Teacher|
Jan Sverak (``Kolya'') directs this uplifting film about a hallowed Czech fighter pilot who must train a much less experienced colleague . When the country is invaded by the Nazis in 1939, the pilots are forced to work fast. Eventually they escape to England, where they band together with other pilots and join the RAF, a decision which will haunt the men years later.