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The Battle of Neretva (1969)
"Bitka na Neretvi" (original title)

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In January 1943 German army, afraid of Allied invasion of Balkans, launched great offensive against Yugoslav Partisans in Western Bosnia. The only way out for Partisan forces and thousands ... See full summary »

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Capt. Michele Riva
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Danica
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Gen. Lohring
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Gen. Morelli
Milena Dravic ...
Nada
Sergey Bondarchuk ...
Martin (as Sergej Bondarcuk)
Ljubisa Samardzic ...
Novak
Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic ...
Stole (as Bata Zivojinovic)
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Stipe
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Nikola
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Sofer Jordan
Howard Ross ...
Sgt. Mario (as Renato Rossini)
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In January 1943 German army, afraid of Allied invasion of Balkans, launched great offensive against Yugoslav Partisans in Western Bosnia. The only way out for Partisan forces and thousands of refugees was the bridge on the river Neretva. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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An Epic Chronicle Of Raw Courage

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7 October 1969 (Yugoslavia)  »

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The Battle of Neretva  »

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English titles for this movie are confusing and are variously known as Battle of Neretva; Battle on the River Neretva; The Battle of Neretva; Battle of the River Neretva; The Battle on the River Neretva; The Battle of the Neretva; and The Battle of the River Neretva. See more »

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Battle of Neretva: a peek into a lost classic
25 June 2007 | by (helsinki, finland) – See all my reviews

It is sad that the most widely distributed version of this Yugoslavian war epic "Bitka na Neretvi" is the 102 minute version edited and dubbed in USA by Commonwealth United Films. This version, known as "The Battle of Neretva" has been shortened by a full hour. It looks a bit like a long trailer, offering samples of what is obviously a big scale, melodramatic giant of a film, like "The Longest Day". At times the re-editing looks like it has been made with an axe, some dialogue being cut from the middle of a sentence.

I have just seen, however, a longer Commonwealth version: 127 minutes, 25 minutes longer. This is a far superior version, professionally edited into a coherent, well flowing narrative. It seems that the 102 minute "stub" has been edited from this. I can only imagine how much deeper the characterization would be with the 40 minutes still missing from the original. The Italian and German versions are longer than this 127 minute version, and they have been released on DVD. Still, for anyone preferring an English translation, this could be the best version around. Sadly it only seems to be available on VHS.


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