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Kolya (1996)
"Kolja" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  24 January 1997 (USA)
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Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zdenek Sverák ...
Andrey Khalimon ...
Kolja (as Andrej Chalimon)
Libuse Safránková ...
Klára
Ondrej Vetchý ...
Broz
Stella Zázvorková ...
Mother
Ladislav Smoljak ...
Houdek
Irina Bezrukova ...
Nadezda (as Irina Livanova)
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Blanka
Liliyan Malkina ...
Tamara (as Lilian Malkina)
Karel Hermánek ...
Musil
Petra Spalková ...
Pasa
Nella Boudová ...
Brozová
René Pribil ...
Pokorný
Miroslav Táborský ...
Novotný
Slávka Budínová ...
Bustiková
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Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing at funerals and painting tombstones. But he has run up a large debt, and when his friend, the grave-digger Mr. Broz, suggests a scheme for making a lot of money by marrying a Russian woman so that she can get her Czech papers, he reluctantly agrees. She takes advantage of the situation to emigrate to West Germany, to her lover; and leaves her five-year-old son with his grandmother; when the grandmother dies, Kolya must come and live with his stepfather - Louka. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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The perfect grouch has met his match. A five-year-old boy named Kolya.

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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$37,795 (USA) (24 January 1997)

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$5,730,711 (USA) (11 July 1997)
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The DVD version was the first officially published movie DVD in Region 2. See more »

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Throughout the movie, many background cars are clearly newer than 1989 models. The film is set in 1989. See more »

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Referenced in Empties (2007) See more »

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Als die alte Mutter mich noch lehrte singen (When My Old Mother...)
(from "Cigánské melodie (Gypsy Melodies), op. 55")
Music by Antonín Dvorák
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Magical performances in a touching film
19 April 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Take the old formula of two mismatched people being forced to live together, and rejuvenate it by losing the cliches and adding excellent script and direction, and utterly superb acting by all the cast, especially the two leads (the grouch and the boy). The characterisations are just spot on.

Whenever I see films like this I end up both very glad to have seen such an outstanding movie, and extremely irritated that practically no-one knows about this gem of a movie, yet films like 'Godzilla' rake in money.

My thanks to all involved with this movie; you have produced a work of art.


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