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The Battle on the River Neretva (1969) More at IMDbPro »Bitka na Neretvi (original title)

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Stevan Bulajic (story) and
Ratko Djurovic (story) ...
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Release Date:
7 October 1969 (Yugoslavia) See more »
Their courage carved its own monument in a special corner of hell! See more »
Battle on Neretva known as the ''fourth offensive'' the most humane battle in World War II led by Yugoslav partisans... See more » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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  (in credits order)

Yul Brynner ... Vlado

Hardy Krüger ... Kranzer

Franco Nero ... Riva

Sylva Koscina ... Danica

Orson Welles ... Senator

Curd Jürgens ... Lohring

Anthony Dawson ... Morelli

Milena Dravic ... Nada

Sergey Bondarchuk ... Martin (as Sergej Bondarcuk)

Ljubisa Samardzic ... Novak
Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic ... Stole (as Bata Zivojinovic)
Boris Dvornik ... Stipe

Oleg Vidov ... Nikola
Pavle Vuisic ... Sofer
Howard Ross ... Mario (as Renato Rossini)
Lojze Rozman ... Ivan
Nikola-Kole Angelovski ... Zika (as Kole Angelovski)
Stojan 'Stole' Arandjelovic ... Sumadinac (as Stole Arandjelovic)
Miha Baloh ... Ustasha Commander
Faruk Begolli ... Stevo
Dusan Bulajic ... Chetnik Commander (as Dusko Bulajic)
Milena Dapcevic ... Partisan
Dragomir Felba ... Dad
Hajrudin Hadzikaric ... Nazor (as Hajro Hadjikaric)
Sibina Mijatovic ... Marija
Charles Millot ... Djuka
Ralph Persson ... Horst
Vasa Pantelic ... Major
Spela Rozin ... Aide
Bozidar Smiljanic ... Surgeon
Fabijan Sovagovic ... Bosko
Abdurrahman Shala ... Captain (as Abdurahman Salja)
Demeter Bitenc ... Schröder (as Demetar Bitenc)
Radko Polic ... Vuko
Nereo Scaglia ... Officer
Antun Tudic ... Drago
Zaim Muzaferija ... Farmer
Tomaz Sarc ... Bridge
Risto Siskov ... Wounded
Slobodan Velimirovic ... Holzhausen
Milos Kandic ... Partisan
Ranko Gucevac ... Typhus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sulejman Memo Begic ... Flautist
Mirko Boman ... Photographer
Uros Glovacki ... Doctor
Petar Kralj ... Partisan
Sime Jagarinac ... Partisan (uncredited)
Branislav 'Ciga' Jerinic ... Senator (voice) (uncredited)
Veljko Mandic ... Chetnik (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Stole (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Tana Mascarelli ... Refugee (uncredited)
Petar Spajic-Suljo ... Refugee (uncredited)
Dragomir Stanojevic ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Veljko Bulajic 
Writing credits
Stevan Bulajic (story) and
Ratko Djurovic (story)

Ratko Djurovic (screenplay) and
Stevan Bulajic (screenplay) and
Veljko Bulajic (screenplay) and
Ugo Pirro (screenplay)

Alfred Hayes (english adaptation)

Produced by
Steve Previn .... producer: Commonwealth United
Anthony B. Unger .... executive producer
Henry T. Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann (english version)
Vladimir Kraus-Rajteric 
Cinematography by
Tomislav Pinter 
Film Editing by
Vojislav Bjenjas 
Roberto Perpignani 
Production Design by
Dusan Jericevic 
Vladimir Tadej 
Set Decoration by
Dusan Jericevic 
Vladimir Tadej 
Costume Design by
Vladimir Tadej 
Makeup Department
Saveta Kovac .... makeup artist
Mirko Mackic .... makeup artist
Berta Meglic .... makeup artist
Sukrija Sarkic .... makeup artist
Production Management
Milan Cvetkovic-Ciga .... unit manager (as Milan Cvetkovic)
Zdravko Mihalic .... production manager
Nikola Popovic .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stipe Delic .... second unit director
Gojko Kastratovic .... assistant director
Dragan Kresoja .... assistant director
Krsto Petanjek .... first assistant director
Ljubomir Sikic .... second assistant director (as Ljubo Sikic)
Art Department
Pablo Picasso .... painter: original artwork (uncredited)
Sound Department
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist
Italo Cameracanna .... sound effects editor
Jean Nény .... dubbing mixer
Mladen Prebil .... sound recordist
Alex Pront .... dubbing mixer
Eva Zora .... sound editor
Slavoljub Plavsic-Zvonce .... stunts
Dragomir Stanojevic .... stunts (as Dragomir Stanojevic-Bata Kameni)
Camera and Electrical Department
Djordje Jolic .... camera operator
Velja Sakota .... assistant camera (as Velija Sakota)
Animation Department
Pablo Picasso .... painter
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Borka Subaranovic .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
J.P. Besnard .... assistant editor
Jelena Bjenjas .... assistant editor
Roger Dwyre .... supervising editor
Michèle Neny .... assistant editor
Music Department
Peter Pitt .... music editor

Production Companies
  • Bosna Film (produced by) (as United Yugoslavia Producers Film Production Organisation: US version)
  • Jadran Film (produced by) (as United Yugoslavia Producers Film Production Organisation: US version)
  • Kinema Sarajevo (produced by) (as Kinema) (as United Yugoslavia Producers Film Production Organisation: US version)
  • Radna Zajednica Filma (produced by) (as United Yugoslavia Producers Film Production Organisation: US version)
  • Igor Film (co-producer) (as Igor Film - Roma)
  • Eichberg-Film (co-producer) (as Eichberg Film - München)
  • Commonwealth United Entertainment (with the cooperation of) (as Commonwealth United Entertainment - London - New York)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bitka na Neretvi" - Italy (original title)
"The Battle of Neretva" - Australia (video title), Canada (English title) (imdb display title), International (English title) (alternative title)
"Battle of Neretva" - International (English title) (informal title)
"The Battle of the Neretva" - International (English title) (informal title)
"The Battle of the River Neretva" - USA (alternative title)
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175 min | USA:105 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

A poster for this film was made by Pablo Picasso, and it was only one of two movie posters that he made. He did it as a great fan of Yugoslavian movies and, according to people who were involved in filming, he did not ask for money for the poster--all he wanted was a case of Yugoslavia's finest wines.See more »
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Featured in Cinema Komunisto (2010)See more »


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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Battle of Neretva: a peek into a lost classic, 25 June 2007
Author: pertti.jarla from helsinki, finland

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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