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How the War Started on My Island (1996)
"Kako je poceo rat na mom otoku" (original title)

 |  Comedy, War  |  1996 (Croatia)
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Although being one of the first movies to take humoristic approach towards violent break-up of Yugoslavia, this motion picture is partly based on real events that took place in September of... See full summary »

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Vlatko Dulic ...
Blaz Gajski
Ljubomir Kerekes ...
Aleksa Milosavljevic
Ivan Brkic ...
Roko Papak
Predrag 'Predjo' Vusovic ...
Murko Munita
Bozidar Oreskovic ...
Boris Basic
Ivica Vidovic ...
Dante
Matija Prskalo ...
Lucija Milosavljevic
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Martin
Senka Bulic ...
Spomenka
Etta Bortolazzi ...
Baba
Slobodan Milovanovic ...
Ridikul
Leon Lucev ...
Zoran Gajski
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Vojnik Albanac
Mladen Vulic ...
Scepanovic
Goran Malus ...
Zoran
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Although being one of the first movies to take humoristic approach towards violent break-up of Yugoslavia, this motion picture is partly based on real events that took place in September of 1991. Few months after Croatia seceded from Yugoslavia, Federal military installations are still present with previously recruited Croatian boys trapped inside. One such installation is a garrison on a small Dalmatian island, commanded by Major Aleksa Milosavljevic. Besieged by local militia, Major Aleksa threatens to blow up ammunition depots with half an island in case of any hostile action. During the stalemate, art historian Blaz Gajski comes from Zagreb in order to rescue his son from the barracks. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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HRK 2,130,000 (estimated)

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HRK 3,230,000 (Croatia) (20 December 1996)
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Charming Black Comedy
21 February 1999 | by (LA) – See all my reviews

A charming black comedy that illustrates the complexities of Yugoslavia's division on the simplistic small town level. National troops have ordered a bunker to be set up, calling on the many of the local sons (who are serving as soldiers) under the command of a local businessman. The neighborhood branch of the resistance, led by the local plumber, tries desperately to disarm the camp peacefully so the boys can all get home for dinner.

An old man stumbles onto the scene in search of his son, because he simply has to go home (we never find out why). He naively wanders up to loaded guns and armed soldiers explaining "his wife will get really mad."

He teams up with the resistance, and a brilliant scheme results to disarm the self-destructive bunker.

The script is tight and full of political satire, and never borders on talky or grandiose. The array of colorful characters in the town are extreme, crazy, but utterly believable, human, and vital to the story.

The intense caper is pulled off with such masterful suspense-filled direction that is reminiscent of Chinatown or the Dirty Dozen.


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