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Dark Blue World (2001)

Tmavomodrý svet (original title)
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The friendship of two men becomes tested when they both fall for the same woman.

Director:

Jan Sverák

Writers:

Zdenek Sverák (story), Zdenek Sverák (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ondrej Vetchý ... Frantisek Sláma
Krystof Hádek ... Karel Vojtisek
Tara Fitzgerald ... Susan Whitmore
Charles Dance ... Wing Commander Bentley
Oldrich Kaiser ... Jan Machatý
David Novotný ... Bedrich Mrtvý
Linda Rybová ... Hanicka Pecharova
Jaromír Dulava ... Railwayman Kanka
Lukás Kantor Lukás Kantor ... Tom Tom
Radim Fiala ... Jura Sysel
Juraj Bernáth Juraj Bernáth ... Jan Gregora
Miroslav Táborský ... Vilha Houf
Hans-Jörg Assmann ... Doctor Blaschke
Thure Riefenstein ... German Officer Hesse
Anna Massey ... English Teacher
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Storyline

March 15, 1939: Germany invades Czechoslovakia. Czech and Slovak pilots flee to England, joining the RAF. After the war, back home, they are put in labor camps, suspected of anti-Communist ideas. This film cuts between a post-war camp where Franta is a prisoner and England during the war, where Franta is like a big brother to Karel, a very young pilot. On maneuvers, Karel crash lands by the rural home of Susan, an English woman whose husband is MIA. She spends one night with Karel, and he thinks he's found the love of his life. It's complicated by Susan's attraction to Franta. How will the three handle innocence, Eros, friendship, and the heat of battle? When war ends, what then? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

War | Drama | Action | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Language:

Czech | German | English | Slovak

Release Date:

17 May 2001 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Blue World See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,541, 30 December 2001

Gross USA:

$258,771

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,381,183
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The cost of renting the British Spitfires used in the film was $10,000 an hour. See more »

Goofs

The Czech RAF sergeants are often saluted and addressed as "sir". See more »

Quotes

Susan: Are you hungry?
Karel Vojtí?ek: Not really... Yes.
Susan: Not really - yes?
Karel Vojtí?ek: I mean yes. Sorry... My English isn't very well. I mean good.
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Connections

Referenced in Rozstrel: Ondrej Vetchý (2017) See more »

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Americká polka
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A cinematic poem
26 October 2003 | by thessaloniki65See all my reviews

This is a gem - a charming step back in time and a testament to marrying the image to the period. You know you have been touched by a film when it resonates long after leaving your seat. A movie will be gone from your thoughts if it has no layers to its storytelling and this film still lingers in the mind and begs to be revisited. A fundamental error made by film-makers is not allowing the audience to participate in the film by insulting their ability to work things out for themselves. Dark Blue World is poetic, exciting and ultimately a most rewarding cinema experience. If only Pearl Harbor and its ilk could learn something of this art for their particular brand. I cannot wait for the follow-up to this special team. 8/10.


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