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Who's Singin' Over There? (1980)
"Ko to tamo peva" (original title)

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It's April 5, 1941, somewhere in Serbia. A group of people go on a bus to Belgrade...

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pavle Vuisic ...
Kondukter (as Pavle Vujisic)
Dragan Nikolic ...
Pevac
Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic ...
Brka (as Danilo Stojkovic)
Aleksandar Bercek ...
Misko Krstic
Neda Arneric ...
Mlada
Milivoje Tomic ...
Aleksa Simic
Tasko Nacic ...
Lovac
Boro Stjepanovic ...
Celavi (as Borislav Stjepanovic)
Slavko Stimac ...
Mladozenja
Miodrag Kostic ...
Muzikant I
Nenad Kostic ...
Muzikant II
Bora Todorovic ...
Ozalosceni
Slobodan Aligrudic ...
Porucnik
Petar Lupa ...
Pop
Stanojlo Milinkovic ...
Orac
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On April 5, 1941, a date Serbs will recognize, men on a country road board Krstic's bus for Belgrade: two Gypsies who occasionally sing about misery, an aging war vet, a Nazi sympathizer, a dapper singer, a consumptive, and a man with a shotgun. Krstic is a world-weary cynic, out for a buck; the driver is his son, the simple, cheerful Misko. En route they pick up a priest and young newlyweds going to the seaside. Along the way, mis-adventure strikes: a flat tire, a rickety bridge, a farmer who's plowed the road, a funeral, two feuding families, an army detail, and a lost wallet slow the bus and expose rifts among the travelers. On April 6, amid rumors of war, they reach Belgrade... Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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[mild spoiler warning] The final bombing scene was originally meant to include wild animals from the bombed zoo roaming through the city, which indeed happened; in fact, the old newspapers article about this event was one of inspirations for the author Dusan Kovacevic. Unfortunately, at the time that the movie was being shot Tito, the long time president of communist era Yugoslavia, died which resulted in the extended mourning period that effectively canceled all entertainment activities in the country - including the circus tour that was meant to provide the animals for the scene. Since working with untrained animals from a zoo was deemed too dangerous, the authors reluctantly had to abandon the idea at the time. However, the idea was used in the opening scene of Underground (1995), some 15 years later. See more »

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The bus that makes the center point of the film is a Mercedes-Benz O3500, which did not enter the production until 1949, eight years after the events in film take place. See more »

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References Stagecoach (1939) See more »

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Simply the best, better than all the rest.....:)
9 July 2002 | by (Toronto, ON.) – See all my reviews

This is as close to a perfect movie as any I have seen. "Ko to tamo peva" simply has it all - interesting human story, great historical significance, fabulous social commentary, hilarious and smart comedy.... What more could you possibly want from a movie?

One of the best Serbian films ever made, it continues to stand the test of time 22 years after its release.

I really don't want to go into description of different plot points because no amount of text can even remotely convey the atmosphere of this masterpiece. You just need to see it. Credit goes to director Slobodan Sijan and the great cast for taking Dusan Kovacevic's already fabulous text and making it into something even better.

I'm not sure if this movie has ever been translated and properly released in the West. If it has, stop at nothing to get it. You can thank me later.


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