Five Weird Laws In Slovakia

Since 2009, the usage of non-Slovak languages on TV or radio (which may sometimes include Czech which every Slovak understands ‚Äď however, Czech does have some exceptions in other contexts) may be punished by massive fines in thousands of euros. Obviously, the main ‚Äúvictims‚ÄĚ of this controversial law are the members of the large Hungarian minority in Slovakia.

Since 2016, Slovak radio stations are obliged to play at least 35% of music that was produced in Slovakia and is sung in Slovak. In Czechia, we’re used to tons of radio stations that play mostly songs in English so we can’t really imagine what it means to listen to radios in Slovakia.

Stealing only one apple from a farm is a crime. If you were already sentenced for a similar crime in last 12 months, you can be sentenced for 2 years.

You must carry your passport or identity card with you at all times at all times ‚Äď a photocopy of your passport is not enough. Authorities can ask travelers to show their identification at any time. Obviously this poses a risk of theft, so if you’re not the under-the-shirt money belt kind of person, you may want to think about safe places to keep important documents while you walk around cities.

Taking pictures of military and security installations is outlawed. Even facilities that could be perceived as a security interest in verboten: bases, government buildings, power plants, reservoirs, and so on. If you’re caught snapping, police could take your camera or memory card, issue a fine, even deport you.

Top 6 Movies Based On John Grisham’s Novels

The Firm (1993): The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, David Strathairn and Gary Busey in a critically acclaimed role. The film is based on the 1991 novel The Firm by author John Grisham. The Firm was one of two films released in 1993 that were adapted from a Grisham novel, the other being The Pelican Brief. Released on June 30, 1993, the film was a major commercial success, grossing $270.2 million against a budget of $42 million, making it the highest grossing film adapted from a Grisham novel and the highest-grossing R-rated film of 1993, and received positive reviews for the performances (particularly from Cruise and Hunter), although the screenplay received some criticism. Holly Hunter was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance, while Dave Grusin was nominated for Best Original Score.

A Time To Kill (1996): A Time to Kill¬†is a 1996 American¬†legal drama¬†film based on¬†John Grisham’s 1989¬†novel of the same name.¬†Matthew McConaughey,¬†Sandra Bullock, and¬†Samuel L. Jackson¬†star with¬†Donald¬†and¬†Kiefer Sutherland appearing in supporting roles. The film received mixed to positive reviews and was a commercial success, making $152 million at the worldwide box office. It is the second of two films based on Grisham’s novels directed by¬†Joel Schumacher, with the other being¬†The Client¬†released two years prior.

The Client (1994): The Client¬†is a 1994 American¬†legal thriller¬†film directed by¬†Joel Schumacher, and starring¬†Susan Sarandon,¬†Tommy Lee Jones,¬†Brad Renfro¬†(his acting film debut),¬†Mary-Louise Parker,¬†Anthony LaPaglia,¬†Anthony Edwards, and¬†Ossie Davis. It is based on the¬†1993 novel¬†by¬†John Grisham. It was filmed in¬†Memphis,¬†Tennessee. The Client¬†was theatrically released in the United States on July 20, 1994 and was a box-office hit, grossing $117.6 million against a $45 million budget. It received positive reviews from critics, with Sarandon‚Äôs, Jones‚Äô and Renfro’s performance in particular earning high praise.

The Pelican Brief (1993): The Pelican Brief is a 1993 American legal thriller film based on the 1992 novel by John Grisham. Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film stars Julia Roberts in the role of young law student Darby Shaw and Denzel Washington as Washington Herald reporter Gray Grantham. The film, which features music composed by James Horner, was the last film that featured Pakula as both writer and director before his death.

The Rainmaker (1997): The Rainmaker¬†is a 1997 American¬†legal drama film¬†written and directed by¬†Francis Ford Coppola¬†based on¬†John Grisham’s 1995¬†novel of the same name in which a poor, struggling young lawyer who hustled for a job, ends up fighting a big insurance company who denied the claim of a leukemia struck 22 year old dying young man. It stars¬†Matt Damon,¬†Claire Danes,¬†Jon Voight,¬†Mary Kay Place,¬†Mickey Rourke,¬†Danny DeVito,¬†Danny Glover,¬†Roy Scheider,¬†Virginia Madsen, and¬†Teresa Wright in her final film role.

Runaway Jury (2003): Runaway Jury¬†is a 2003 American¬†legal thriller¬†film directed by¬†Gary Fleder¬†and starring¬†John Cusack,¬†Gene Hackman,¬†Dustin Hoffman, and¬†Rachel Weisz. An adaptation of¬†John Grisham’s¬†1996 novel¬†The Runaway Jury, the film pits lawyer Wendell Rohr (Hoffman) against shady jury consultant Rankin Fitch (Hackman), who uses illegal means to stack the jury with people sympathetic to the defense. Meanwhile, a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game begins when juror Nicholas Easter (Cusack) and his girlfriend Marlee (Weisz) appear to be able to sway the jury into delivering any verdict they want in a trial against a gun manufacturer. The film was released October 17, 2003.