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Underground (1995)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, War | 20 June 1997 (USA)
The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marko / Actor playing Marko (as Miki Manojlovic)
Crni (Blacky) / Actor playing Blacky
Natalija / Actress playing Natalija
Slavko Stimac ...
Ernst Stötzner ...
Franz / Actor playing Franz
Jovan (as Srdjan Todorovic)
Milena Pavlovic ...
Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic ...
Deda (as Bata Stojkovic)
Bora Todorovic ...
Davor Dujmovic ...
Nele Karajlic ...
Falling Gypsy (as Dr. Nele Karajlic)
Branislav Lecic ...
Dragan Nikolic ...
Film Director
Erol Kadic ...


The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't mention to the workers that the war is over, and they keep producing. Years later, they break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the war is still going on. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | War


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Release Date:

20 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Podzemlje  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


Marko: We're all crazy, Natalija. We just haven't been diagnosed yet.
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Spin-off Bila jednom jedna zemlja (1995) See more »


Written and performed by Goran Bregovic
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For Eternity
31 January 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Underground is The Film, my favorite... And nobody hasn't written any greeting comments in 2005. So, I'm happy to be the first and I wish the best year 2005 to all the Underground's fans. If you never had this chance to see the long version (5 hours) of the film, give your priority, this year, to watch it. After this, the Palme d'Or version will feel you so short!!! If you live in Paris, I can help you to discover the complete Chef d'Oeuvre.

Therefore, I understand that the film could be criticized on the political depths. But it is so easy to make movies without any involvement. Kusturica worked for 3 years on the film and involved himself on the content. But the film treatment is not only about Balkans war, but mainly about human ferocity and betrayment. Speaking Cinema, there is no film controlling so well aestheticism, scenario, actors, music and creativity. Emir did it and I am sorry that some arrogant journalists killed the film, getting it off the Cinema theaters without the popular success that Underground deserved.

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