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Kafka (1991)

Kafka works during the day at an insurance company, where events lead him to discover a mysterious underground society with strange suppressive goals.

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Kafka, an insurance worker gets embroiled in an underground group after a co-worker is murdered. The underground group is responsible for bombings all over town, attempting to thwart a secret organization that controls the major events in society. He eventually penetrates the secret organization and must confront them. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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15 November 1991 (USA)  »

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Кафка  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,814, 6 December 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,059,071
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1.66 : 1
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Several characters in this film have the same names as characters in Franz Kafka's books, but are quite different otherwise. For example, the girl played by Theresa Russell is surnamed "Rossman", the name of the sixteen-year-old hero of "Amerika", while the police inspector is called "Grubach", the name of Joseph K.'s landlady in "The Trial". See more »

Quotes

Burgel: [sarcastically, as Franz shows up for work] But Kafka, you're... on time!
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Let's Hit The Wall (End Title)
Composed by Cliff Martinez
(p) & © 1992 Virgin Records America, Inc.
distributed by WEA through arrangement with Atlantic Records.
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Too Depressing & Gloomy
13 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Despite the excellent black-and-white cinematography (which is seen for all but 15 minutes of this film), I canned this movie from my collection because the story was almost incomprehensible. It also was too depressing, too gloomy.

This really is more of a horror film than anything else with a few uncomfortable scenes as people are being killed and/or used as guinea pigs in experiments. I would think this would not appeal to most people who aren't in some form of counseling or therapy (or should be!).

Yet, that wonderful film-noir photography with great lights and shadows, made it intriguing to view.....once.


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