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Black Cat, White Cat (1998)
"Crna macka, beli macor" (original title)

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Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a ... See full summary »

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Dadan Karambolo (as Srdan Todorovic)
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Ida
Florijan Ajdini ...
Ljubica Adzovic ...
Sujka
Zabit Memedov ...
Sabri Sulejmani ...
Jasar Destani ...
Stojan Sotirov ...
Bulgarian Customs Officer
Predrag Lakovic ...
Priest (as Predrag-Pepi Lakovic)
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Priest (as Predrag-Miki Manojlovic)
Salija Ibraimova ...
Zdena Hurtocakova ...
Black Obelisk
Adnan Bekir ...
Grga Mali
Irfan Jagli ...
Bodyguard
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Storyline

Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a sister, Afrodita, that he desperately wants to see get married so they strike a deal: Zare is to marry her. But none of the two care much for an arranged marriage: Zare is in love with Ida, Afrodita is waiting for the man of her dreams. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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arranged marriage | love | money | river | pig | See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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Rated R for strong language, drug use and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 June 1998 (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)  »

Also Known As:

Black Cat, White Cat  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$15,359 (USA) (10 September 1999)

Gross:

$348,660 (USA) (10 December 1999)
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Trivia

In the scene where mob boss Dadan (played by Srdjan Todorovic) talks about his father spinning in his grave, the picture on the wall is of his real life father Bora Todorovic, who played a mob boss in Emir Kusturica's Time of the Gypsies (1988). See more »

Goofs

When Zare escapes from Dadan on the ladder, Dadan catches him by the right ear. In the next shot he is holding Zare's left ear. See more »

Quotes

Matko Destanov: The Bulgarians always say: "Brother, if you can't solve a problem with money... solve it with a lot of money."
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the name of the movie isn't spelled out; a picture of a black cat and a white cat is shown instead. See more »

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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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Von cerena todikano svato
(Napravi svadbu siromasnu)
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Performed by Ljubica Adzovic
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The Sounds of Music
10 December 2002 | by (Sydney Australia) – See all my reviews

Emir Kusturica's films all pulsate wildly to the wonderful sounds of authentic gypsy music. Guitars, fiddles, accordians and all manor of horns are as much a part of their lives as eating and sleeping.

Song and dance feature heavily in "Black Cat, White Cat," Kustruica's finest and most complete film to date. The music isn't really a soundtrack, but is largely, physically written into each scene (performed with gusto by musicians who often follow the characters around). Indeed, the 'bad-guy' character of Dadan scarcely has a scene where he isn't swinging or dancing along to something (even a bizarre pop/rock song makes a comic cameo). But the other characters have their musical moments as well.

"Black Cat, White Cat" has a large cast and a sprawling storyline, largely resolving around two gangsters - Dadan and the hapless Marko - and their attempts to outwit each other. Things come to a head when Dadan tries to force Marko's son to marry his spinster sister as a repayment for one of his father's debts.

But the plot is largely unimportant in a film of this type. The viewer is simply swept away in a good natured deluge of funny lines, inventive slap-stick, unusual settings and colourful supporting characters (a particular favourite: the old man who continually re-watches the last two minutes of "Casablanca"). All you need to do is sit back and enjoy. Oh...and listen to the music.


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