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Dusan Kovacevic (story)
Emir Kusturica (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 June 1997 (USA) See more »
The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Predrag Manojlovic ... Marko / Actor playing Marko (as Miki Manojlovic)

Lazar Ristovski ... Crni (Blacky) / Actor playing Blacky

Mirjana Jokovic ... Natalija / Actress playing Natalija
Slavko Stimac ... Ivan
Ernst Stötzner ... Franz / Actor playing Franz

Srdjan Todorovic ... Jovan

Mirjana Karanovic ... Vera
Milena Pavlovic ... Jelena
Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic ... Deda (as Bata Stojkovic)
Bora Todorovic ... Golub
Davor Dujmovic ... Bata
Nele Karajlic ... Falling Gypsy (as Dr. Nele Karajlic)
Branislav Lecic ... Mustafa
Dragan Nikolic ... Film Director
Erol Kadic ... Janez
Predrag Zagorac ... Tomislav
Hark Bohm ... Dr. Strasse
Petar Kralj ... Dr. Mirkovic

Emir Kusturica ... Arms dealer
Pierre Spengler ... Russian Driver
Branko Cvejic ... Captain
Josif Tatic ... Police Inspector
Zdena Hurtocakova ... Fat Lady
Tanja Kecman ... Script
Albena Stavreva ... Girl from the Tunnel
Elizabeta Djorevska ... Woman Prompter
Peter Mountain ... Officer
Mirsad Tuka ... Investigator
Batica Nikalic ... Investigator
Desa Biogradlija ... Lady in the Theatre Box
Zoran Miljkovic ... Partisan

Rick Dano ... Partisan
Radovan Markovic ... Commando
Miodrag Dordevic ... Assistant Director
Ljiljana Jovanovic ... Prostitute
Danica Zdravic ... Boat Dancer
Stojan Sotirov ... Driver in Tunnel
Aleksandra Andjelkovic ... Make up artist (making movie about popara crni)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zeljko Mitrovic ... Pavle
Anja Popovic ... Mustafa's Girl
Marko Stanic ... Old Man in Theatre Box
Dragoljub Vojnov ... The Psychiatrist (scenes deleted)
Hafez al-Assad ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Yasser Arafat ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leonid Brezhnev ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nicolae Ceausescu ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Andrei Gromyko ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
King Hussein ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
King Olav V ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Predrag Milinkovic ... Mister I (uncredited)
Dragoljub-Gula Milosavljevic ... Mister II (uncredited)
Walter Mondale ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Branko Petkovic ... Konobar (uncredited)
Olga Poznatov ... Woman in the Basement (uncredited)

Prince Philip ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Helmut Schmidt ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ed Schreyer ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Margaret Thatcher ... Herself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Josip Broz Tito ... Himself (reviews troops, dances, funeral) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kurt Waldheim ... Himself (at funeral of Tito) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Emir Kusturica 
Writing credits
Dusan Kovacevic (story)

Emir Kusturica (screenplay)

Produced by
Karl Baumgartner .... co-producer
Maksa Catovic .... associate producer
Pierre Spengler .... executive producer
Original Music by
Goran Bregovic 
Cinematography by
Vilko Filac 
Film Editing by
Branka Ceperac 
Casting by
Jessica Horáthová 
Production Design by
Miljen Kreka Kljakovic 
Art Direction by
Branimir Babic 
Vlastimir Gavrik 
Vladislav Lasic 
Martin Martinec 
Set Decoration by
Aleksandar Denic 
Costume Design by
Nebojsa Lipanovic 
Makeup Department
Ljiljana Andjelkovic .... hair stylist
Tatjana Dulovic .... special makeup effects artist (as Tatjana Nikolic)
Josef Lojik .... makeup artist
Smilja Ristic .... makeup artist
Production Management
Vladan Cvetkovic .... unit manager
Miodrag Djordjevic .... production manager
Zoran Jankovic .... production manager
Svetlana Novak .... post-production supervisor
Jasmina Petrovic-Gojacic .... production secretary
Miodrag Stevanovic .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Zoran Andric .... assistant director
Slobodan Dedeic .... assistant director (as Boban Dedejic)
Miroslav Mandic .... assistant director
Momcilo Mrdakovic .... assistant director
Jirí Ostry .... assistant director
Alice Ronovska .... assistant director
Helen Statman .... second unit director
Art Department
Gligorije Cicanov .... painter
Andrej Kostic .... stand-by painter
Radovan Markovic .... property master
Sava Mihajlov .... props
Zivojin Savic .... property buyer
Darko Sobot .... painter
Miodrag Vlajkovic .... property buyer (as Miodrag Vlajkovic Gandi)
Sound Department
Eric Chevallier .... sound recordist
François Groult .... sound mixer
Marton Jankov-Tomica .... boom operator
Marko Rodic .... sound
Bruno Tarrière .... sound mixer
Svetolik Zajc .... sound editor
Julian Pinn .... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ladislav Lahoda .... special effects
Roman Tudjarov .... special effects supervisor
Jirí Vater .... special effects technician
Petar Zivkovic .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Paddy Eason .... digital effects designer
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC
Alison O'Brien .... visual effects producer
Dominic Parker .... digital effects designer
Kevin Phelan .... scanning and recording producer: CFC
Mark Nelmes .... digital visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Pavel Cajzl .... stunts
Christina Fong .... stunts
Dusan Hyska .... stunts
Jindrich Klaus .... stunts
Ladislav Lahoda .... stunt coordinator
Dimo Lipitkovsky .... stunts (as Dimo Liptkovsky)
Miomir Radevic-Pigi .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jan Carda .... focus puller: Prague
Stasa Dodocic .... second assistant camera
Danilo Dudic .... grip
Zarko Dudic .... grip
Andreas Gockel .... clapper loader: Berlin
Ali Olcay Gözkaya .... gaffer (as Ali Olay Gözkaya)
Sönke Hansen .... director of photography: second unit
Sasa Midzoski .... gaffer
Peter Mountain .... still photographer
Veljko Pavlovic .... director of photography: second unit
Petar Popovic .... assistant camera
Cedomir Subotic .... key grip
Dusan Joksimovic .... cinematographer: Belgrade second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Biljana Kecman .... assistant costume designer
Vera Mirová .... wardrobe master
Mirjana Ostojic .... assistant costume designer
Patricie Soptenková .... set costumer
Jitka Svecova .... costumer
Editorial Department
Olivier Fontenay .... color grader
Andjela Ilic .... assistant editor
Branislav Krstic .... assistant editor
Music Department
Srdjan Kurpjel .... music arranger
Other crew
Volker Beyer .... assistant production accountant
Denise Breton .... press attache: Cannes
Jim Hajicosta .... production accountant
Jiri Krejcir .... location manager
Biljana Mirkovic .... script supervisor
Eva Nietschová .... production accountant: Czech Republic
Daniela Romano .... production representative
Daniela Romano .... representative: CIBY 2000
Helen Statman .... assistant: producer

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170 min | USA:167 min | 320 min (director's cut)
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The director's cut ran for over 320 minutes.See more »
Marko:A war is no war until the brother kills his brother.See more »
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110 out of 126 people found the following review useful.
Exuberantly entertaining, 13 June 2005
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Many years ago I hitchhiked through Yugoslavia and found a diverse, down to earth people living in harmony. Many years later, after economic decline and the breakup of the Soviet Union, Slovenia and Croatia declared their independence and signaled the end of the country of Yugoslavia. Emir Kusturica's Underground is a bold recreation of the events that led to the breakup, spanning the years of the Nazi invasion of World War II to the present wars. The film has been called Serbian propaganda, self-indulgent, an anti-Communist tract, an anti-war tome, cynical, nihilistic, and it may be any or all of those, but primarily it is a work of art whose surreal vision and poetic language makes any search for a coherent message elusive.

Underground traces the lives of Marco (Miki Manojlovic) and Blacky (Lazar Ristovski), two charming but immoral black market profiteers who fight the Nazis while hiding in a massive cellar with friends and family where they produce and sell munitions. Marko and Blacky both compete for the attention of actress Natalija (Mirjana Jokovic) after Blacky's wife Vera (Mirjana Karanovic) dies in childbirth, but Natalija plays both of them off against the German soldier Franz ((Ernst Stotzner). After the war, perhaps as a metaphor for the constricting rule of President Tito, Marko fails to inform the underground community that the war has ended, keeping everyone in the dark so that he can support the Communist regime and make a profit selling arms to middlemen.

Natalija helps Marco keep up the charade when he makes Blacky into a venerated national hero even though he is still alive. The only innocent characters in the film are Marco's slow-witted brother Ivan (Slavko Stimac) and his pet monkey Sino who form a lifelong bond after German bombs destroy the zoo where he was working. It is only when Sino crawls into the barrel of a tank and fires its guns do the inhabitants of the cellar work their way toward freedom and, in the process of discovery, react like space travelers finding a new world. The new world, however, looks very much like the old and when brother turns against brother, the disintegration of Yugoslavia is complete.

Underground is an exuberantly entertaining three-hour carnival filled with wild characters, singing, drinking, and fighting and a brass band that keeps the energy high with Gypsy melodies. While it is a broad comedy that often descends into borderline lunacy, it is also a tragic vision of the betrayal of a people. Its final Felliniesque image of all the characters reunited on a piece of land drifting into the sea tells more than the obvious metaphor of a broken land and a broken people. It is a testament to the endurance, the acceptance of life, and the commitment to joy of the Yugoslav people and a passionate cry for their regeneration.

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