The Marathon Family (1982)
"Maratonci trce pocasni krug" (original title)

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The Topalovic family has been in the burial business for generations. When the old (150 yrs old) Pantelija dies, five generations of his heirs start to fight for the inheritance.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bogdan Diklic ...
Mirko Topalovic
Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic ...
Laki Topalovic
Pavle Vuisic ...
Milutin Topalovic (as Pavle Vujisic)
Mija Aleksic ...
Aksentije Topalovic
Milivoje Tomic ...
Maksimilijan Topalovic
Radislav Lazarevic ...
Pantelija Topalovic
Zoran Radmilovic ...
Bili Piton
Jelisaveta Sablic ...
Bora Todorovic ...
Melita Bihali ...
Fahro Konjhodzic ...
Gospodin Rajkovic
Veljko Mandic ...
Rajkovicev brat
Mihajlo-Bata Paskaljevic ...
Stariji zandar
Dragoljub-Gula Milosavljevic ...
Ozalosceni (as Dragoljub Milosavljevic)
Miroslav Jovanovic ...
Blizanac I


The Topalovic family has been in the burial business for generations. When the old (150 yrs old) Pantelija dies, five generations of his heirs start to fight for the inheritance. Written by Damir Dukich <>

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4 March 1982 (Yugoslavia)  »

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The Marathon Family  »

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Did You Know?


In a scene when Laki describes the crematoria as "the future", Djenka confirms it, by claiming that he saw it on his previous trip to Germany. This is an obvious allusion on first Nazi concentrational camps, as well as on the centuries-long Serbian characteristic to look after the new tendencies in Germany. See more »


The 'tone film' playing in Djenka's theater is "Prica jednog dana", which was released in 1941, seven years after the events in "Maratonci trce pocasni krug" take place. See more »


Referenced in Black Cat, White Cat (1998) See more »

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pure genius!
1 September 2003 | by (Nis, Serbia) – See all my reviews

Few Serbian films stand up to the standards expected from the Western cinema, but this one cannot be overpraised: everything that's already been said here is true, and then some! A masterpiece in the purest sense of the word.

If re-watchability of a film is one of its major qualities, than this film beats any other that I know of: you can watch it dozens and dozens of time without ever getting bored - it's so funny& profound at the same time.

If you're a Serb, than you certainly already know this film by heart: if you are not, and are intrigued by this praise= by all means try to find it. I hope there is a good translation of its dialogue somewhere, because a lot depends on a quality rendition of the nuances of the actors' words.

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