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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 ...
Kristina
Bora Todorovic ...
Djenka
Melita Bihali ...
Olja
Fahro Konjhodzic ...
Gospodin Rajkovic
Veljko Mandic ...
Rajkovicev brat
Mihajlo-Bata Paskaljevic ...
Stariji zandar
Dragoljub-Gula Milosavljevic ...
Ozalosceni (as Dragoljub Milosavljevic)
Miroslav Jovanovic ...
Blizanac I
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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. Written by Damir Dukich <Damir.Dukic@snet.fri.uni-lj.si>

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In the scene where Olja gives a bath to old Maksimilijan, him pulling her in the tub with him wasn't in the script. It was a prank that actor Mica Tomic pulled on his fellow actress Melita Bihali, and the director Slobodan Sijan (who knew about it beforehand) left it in the film. See more »

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The movie is set in the 1930s, but the 'tone film' that Djenka plays in his theater ("Prica jednog dana") was made in 1941. Tone films weren't made in Serbia until 1940s. See more »

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

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Masterpiece and Cult movie!
28 April 2002 | by (Budapest, Hungary) – See all my reviews

I guess there is no any younger Serb who does not know at least one sentence from this movie. This movie is simply the cult. Dialogs and acting are so great that many phrases from this movie are already became part of modern serbian language.

Kovacevic's script is even better then original play. He and that entire generation of actors and moviemakers, have influenced our lives and perception so greatly. The movie is also very educational, it pictures time and mentality of small serbian town during 1930's, better then any other movie.

And finally whole story just never fades away: five generations of Topalovic's are 'crying' because their oldest member and founder of their funeral company, 156 year old Pantelija, has died...

I just worship this movie!


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