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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Milan Kundera (novel)
Jean-Claude Carrière (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
5 February 1988 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Lovers Story.
Plot:
In 1968, a Czech doctor with an active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Unbearably Beautiful - one of the best films ever made See more (128 total) »

Cast

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Daniel Day-Lewis ... Tomas

Juliette Binoche ... Tereza

Lena Olin ... Sabina

Derek de Lint ... Franz

Erland Josephson ... The Ambassador
Pavel Landovský ... Pavel

Donald Moffat ... Chief Surgeon

Daniel Olbrychski ... Interior Ministry Official

Stellan Skarsgård ... The Engineer
Tomasz Borkowy ... Jiri (as Tomek Bork)
Bruce Myers ... Czech Editor
Pavel Slabý ... Pavel's Nephew
Pascale Kalensky ... Nurse Katja
Jacques Ciron ... Swiss Restaurant Manager
Anne Lonnberg ... Swiss Photographer
László Szabó ... Russian Interrogator
Vladimír Valenta ... Mayor

Clovis Cornillac ... Boy in Bar
Leon Lissek ... Bold Man in Bar
Consuelo De Haviland ... Tall Brunette
Jacqueline Abraham-Vernier
Judith Atwell
Claudine Berg
Jean-Claude Bouillon (as Jean-Claude Bouillion)
Miroslaw Beuer
Niven Busch
Margot Capelier
Victor Chelkoff
Monica Constandache
Jean-Claude Dauphin
Dominique De Moncutt
Bernard Lepinaux
Josiane Lévêque
Peter Majer
Charles Millot
Gérard Moulévrier
Jan Nemec
Charly Oleg
Sylvie Plantard
Olga Baïdar-Poliakoff
Christine Potter
Hana Maria Pravda
Romano
André Sanfratello
Jirí Stanislav
Milos Szoboda
Helenka Vernier
Marrian Walters
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Philip Kaufman ... Man walking on street outside Sabina's flat (uncredited)
Isabelle Noérie ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Philip Kaufman 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Milan Kundera (novel)

Jean-Claude Carrière (screenplay) &
Philip Kaufman (screenplay)

Produced by
Bertil Ohlsson .... executive producer
Paul Zaentz .... associate producer
Saul Zaentz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Adler 
 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
 
Film Editing by
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam  (as Vivien Hillgrove)
Michael Magill 
Walter Murch 
B.J. Sears (co-editor)
 
Production Design by
Pierre Guffroy 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Suzanne Benoit .... key makeup artist
Rosalina Da Silva .... makeup artist: Lena Olin
 
Production Management
Daniel Baschieri .... assistant unit manager
Frank Simeone .... unit production manager: USA unit
Daniel Szuster .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Bartonio .... first assistant director
Simon Brook .... assistant director
Robert Kechichian .... second assistant director
Charles Paviot .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jean-Michel Ducourty .... second assistant art director
Michael G. Ploog .... storyboard artist
Jean-Yves Rabier .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
David Franklin Bergad .... sound editor
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Jean-Marie Blondel .... sound assistant
Todd Boekelheide .... sound re-recording mixer
Luis Colina .... sound effects editor
Ernie Fosselius .... foley editor
Ruth Hasty .... apprentice sound editor
Pat Jackson .... sound effects editor
Ann Kroeber .... sound effects
Barbara McBane .... dialogue editor
Christopher Newman .... production sound mixer
David Parker .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist
Karen Spangenberg .... dialog editor
Alan Splet .... sound designer
Dianna Stirpe .... sound apprentice
Ewa Sztompke .... sound effects assistant
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... assistant dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Jozef Ort-Snep .... trick photography
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Bray .... still photographer
Richard Brodet .... best boy electric
Philippe Houdart .... camera operator
George Michael Pantages .... gaffer: US production crew (as Michael Pantages)
 
Casting Department
Marie-Sylvie Caillierez .... extras casting
Patricia de Oliveira .... casting: US production crew
Sarah C. Koeppe .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna Maloney .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Jack Garsha .... color timer
Robert Grahamjones .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Mark Adler .... music arranger
Ernie Fosselius .... music arranger: Gevena production crew
Leos Janácek .... music: selected works from
Alan Splet .... music selection: Janacek's works
Jeffery Stephens .... assistant music editor
 
Other crew
Patrick Boshart .... location scout
Kent Brown .... production assistant
Peter Kaufman .... assistant to the director
Walter Slater Murch .... production assistant
 

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Runtime:
171 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:R (Manitoba) (2005) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2005) | Canada:PG (Ontario) (re-rating) (2005) | Finland:K-16 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:14 | New Zealand:M | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The house that Sabina is living in at the end when she's in America really belongs to film editor Walter Murch.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the man from Ministry from Interior was urging Tomas to sign the statement, Tomas clearly mouthed "it's bullsh*t" but no audio can be heard.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
First Title Card:In Prague, in 1968, there lived a young doctor named Tomas...
Tomas:Take off your clothes.
[line recurs several times during film]
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68 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
Unbearably Beautiful - one of the best films ever made, 11 August 2001
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

One of the most romantic films ever made, it shows the problems of people whose intimacies and personal conflicts are being interrupted by history on the move. I think this film surpasses the novel, which is utterly cynical (although understandably). Even in the last moments of the novel, Teresa is concerned that Tomas is cheating on her. The film also does well by dropping much of Franz's character - he was kind of uninteresting compared to Teresa, Tomas, and Sabina. It also drops such deadweight characters as Teresa's mother, Tomas' son, and Franz's wife. Also, a ton of different coworkers are combined into a few, so that their characters have time to develop. By concentrating on the three central characters, this film blossoms past what the novel ever achieved (although the novel is arguably more historically important). Philip Kaufman and Jean-Claude Carriere also add a couple of beautiful scenes that weren't in the novel, including Tomas' and Teresa's wedding, which is one of the most beautiful scenes in filmdom.

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