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Yol (1982)

When five Kurdish prisoners are granted one week's home leave, they find to their dismay that they face continued oppression outside of prison from their families, the culture, and the government.

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Yilmaz Güney
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tarik Akan ... Seyit Ali
Serif Sezer ... Ziné
Halil Ergün Halil Ergün ... Mehmet Salih
Meral Orhonsay ... Emine
Necmettin Çobanoglu Necmettin Çobanoglu ... Ömer
Semra Uçar Semra Uçar ... Gülbahar
Hikmet Çelik Hikmet Çelik ... Mevlat
Sevda Aktolga Sevda Aktolga ... Meral
Tuncay Akça Tuncay Akça ... Yusuf
Hale Akinli Hale Akinli ... Seyran
Turgut Savas Turgut Savas ... Zafer
Hikmet Tasdemir ... Sevket
Engin Çelik Engin Çelik ... Mirza
Osman Bardakçi Osman Bardakçi ... Berber Elim
Enver Güney Enver Güney ... Cindé
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Storyline

A harsh portrait of Turkey, its people and its authorities, shown through the stories of five prisoners given a week's home leave, and the problems they encounter in adjusting to the world outside. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The story of three families' search for freedom.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Turkey | Switzerland | France

Language:

Turkish | Kurdish

Release Date:

1 September 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Az út See more »

Filming Locations:

Diyarbakir, Turkey See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (Restored version)

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Movie was banned in Turkey until 1999. In 1999, movie restored by Imaj which is one of the biggest post production companies of Turkey and Europe. The movie re-released as this restored version in February 1999. See more »

Quotes

Zafer: If a patient expects help from his physician, he has to be open and honest. To give false info, would be misleading him.
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Alternate Versions

The original version of the Ömer segments included a sequence in which the plight of Turkey's Kurdish population is discussed, with the sequence prefaced with the location title 'Kurdistan'. The sensitivity surrounding this issue in Turkey was part of the reason the film was banned there for many years. These scenes were not restored to the 2017 'Full Version' release, nor are the included on the Korean-issued DVD of the film. See more »

Connections

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PROBABLY BEST TURKISH FILM EVER MADE IN TURKISH CINEMA HISTORY
31 March 2001 | by bausta-1See all my reviews

Yol has a very special place in Turkish cinema.It is a masterpiece in my opinion.What makes Yol different from other Turkish films.The most important reason is that it comes from its own culture.It doesn't try to imitate American films or some others.It has its own way.This is really very important in building a film.When Turkish directors catch this point like Yýlmaz Güney I believe very good Turkish films will exist in the future.


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