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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrey Khalimon ...
Kolja (as Andrej Chalimon)
Nadezda (as Irina Livanova)
Liliyan Malkina ...
Tamara (as Lilian Malkina)
Brozová (as Nella Boudová)
René Pribil ...


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.


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kolya  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$5,730,711 (USA) (11 July 1997)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


45 weeks after it was first released, this was still in the top 3 in the Czech Republic's box office charts. See more »


After Kolya becomes lost on the subway network and is trying to negotiate the escalator, he is trying to step onto the left hand side of the up escalator. However, from Kolya's point of view shot, he is trying to step onto the right hand side of the up escalator. See more »


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Great acting!!
12 August 2004 | by (Provo, UT) – See all my reviews

I watched this film last night on a open air cinema in Sundance and absolutely loved it!! The story is pretty simple and not very original, yet the film manages to be unique!! (it is very similar to the film Ponnette) But what I considered to be the best part of this movie was the little boy's performance. The kid is just the best kid actor I have seen in a long while. His acting not only is fabulous but REALLY touching and convincing.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone that wants to see a well made European movie that can make you laugh and cry at the same time.

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