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The Battle of Kosovo (1989)
"Boj na Kosovu" (original title)

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On June 28th 1389, at Kosovo Polje, an army of the Serbian Prince Lazar made a stand against the advancing Ottoman forces of Sultan Murad, resulting in a great battle which would later ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Milos Zutic ...
Lazar Hrebeljanovic
Gorica Popovic ...
Kneginja Milica
Vojislav Brajovic ...
Vuk Brankovic
Zarko Lausevic ...
Milos Obilic
Ljuba Tadic ...
Sultan Murat (as Ljubomir Tadic)
Branislav Lecic ...
Bajazit Jildirim
Katarina Gojkovic ...
Kosovka Devojka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neda Arneric ...
Ribarica
Tihomir Arsic ...
Lazar Music
Marko Bacovic ...
Jakub Celebija
Ivan Bekjarev ...
Paramunac
Dragomir Cumic
Branko Cvejic ...
Levcanin
Svetozar Cvetkovic ...
Milan Toplica
Bogdan Diklic ...
Tamnavac
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On June 28th 1389, at Kosovo Polje, an army of the Serbian Prince Lazar made a stand against the advancing Ottoman forces of Sultan Murad, resulting in a great battle which would later inspire Serbian folk tales and poems about courage, sacrifice, betrayal and tragedy. The movie was made for the 600th anniversary of the event. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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In Serbian epic poetry, knight Milan Toplica is noted for his great height. Svetozar Cvetkovic, who played Toplica in the film, is the tallest actor among the principle Serbian knights, being 1.93m (6' 4") tall. See more »

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In one of the battle scenes, a Turkish soldier has a digital watch on his wrist, which was very popular in late 1980s when the movie was filmed. The real battle occurred in 1389. See more »

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Great film, especially for those with an interest in medieval history
4 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this film whilst taking a course on the Byzantine Commonwealth, as it depicts one of the most important battles in Balkan history as Byzantium verged on collapse and the Ottomans were gearing up to dominate the region. I watched the English-subtitled version obviously because I am an Amerikanka who doesn't speak Serb-Croatian.

This film is commendable because the acting is very solid, and the film overall is not overly dramatized; in other words, it has a very realistic quality to it. It was filmed on the Serbian fortress of Smederevo, which was the site of a defeat of the Serbs further in the 1450's as the Ottomans pushed northwards following the Battles of Maritza and Kosovo.

Apparently this film received funding from Milosevic back in 1989, but it is in no way nationalistic, nor does it try to fabricate events for the sake of embellishing the plot. There are few reliable historical accounts of the actual Battle of Kosovo, and the film does a good job of sticking to the main points; a few subtle side plots are apparent that contribute to some of the greater themes in Serbian history (ie. the conversion of certain Serbs to Islam in order to curry favor with the Ottoman occupiers).

This is a great film for anyone studying medieval Europe, the Balkans, the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Empire, or historical resistance to attempts at occupation.


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