Group of petty criminals is trying to make some money under the disguise of musical band in Nazi-occupied Serbia.

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Dragan Nikolic ...
Bora Todorovic ...
Pik
Tanja Boskovic ...
Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic ...
Stojcic (as Bata Zivojinovic)
Olivera Markovic ...
Radko Polic ...
Toma Zdravkovic ...
Branko Cvejic ...
Bogdan Diklic ...
Ratko Tankosic ...
Kelner (as Rale Tankosic)
Milo Miranovic ...
Predrag Miletic ...
Nemacki oficir Gerd
Milan Erak ...
Gojko Baletic ...
Heidi Baletic ...
Mala Jevrejka (as Hajdana Baletic)
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Group of petty criminals is trying to make some money under the disguise of musical band in Nazi-occupied Serbia.

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When Popaj (Dragan Nikolic) complains how Zuti (Bogdan Diklic) has stolen his watch, Pik (Bora Todorovic) says - "Onu tvoju Dohu?" (That Doha of yours). Corect name of the watch is Doxa, but X is read in cyrilic scrypt as H. Bora Todorovic got the idea for the joke few years before, while sitting in Kafana Komunalac - it was in fact saidt to him, while he was showing his Doxa watch. See more »

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Followed by Balkan ekspres 2 (1989) See more »

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The funny side of the World War II
29 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This funny petty thieves gang led by Tetka (Olivera Markovic) and Mr. Stojcic (Zivojinovic) lead a hilarious life in the wartime Serbia. As they pose as musicians - a memorable, very functional soundtrack - they run into situations found only in an occupied country. Filmed in a low budget circumstances, this movie breaks up every myth of war heroes: just trying to save their lives would lead these guys into a heroic acts such as sabotage. Made out of several episodes, this comedy feature gives also a stunning insight into the dark side of the war - one can be shot just for kicks of an enemy soldier.

Excellent leading cast is supported by marvellous Radko Polic as evil-looking and acting German officer, who blows the the gang's cover. A cameo by very popular singer Toma Zdravkovic of the 1980s gives that true bohemic atmosphere. And "the eternal support actor" Predrag Milinkovic as the violinist also gives a good performance. "Balkan ekspres" if filled with some really laughable one-liners. Jokes are obviously hard to translate, but here are some of the quotes:

Pik (trying to escape from German officer): "I just have to give my aunt the medicine."

(The gang discusses future plans) Stojcic: "After this job, I am off to Casablanca!" Tetka: "And where is that?" Stojcic: "In Switzerland!"


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