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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dadan Karambolo (as Srdan Todorovic)
Florijan Ajdini ...
Ljubica Adzovic ...
Zabit Memedov ...
Sabri Sulejmani ...
Jasar Destani ...
Stojan Sotirov ...
Customs Officer
Predrag Lakovic ...
Priest (as Predrag-Pepi Lakovic)
Priest (as Predrag-Miki Manojlovic)
Salija Ibraimova ...
Zdena Hurtocakova ...
Black Obelisk
Adnan Bekir ...
Grga Mali
Irfan Jagli ...


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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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  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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 »


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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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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Funny and fascinating.
3 January 2001 | by (Boston,MA,USA) – See all my reviews

Few films just simply fascinate me. As an American Boomer, I am admittedly spoiled and quite jaded, when it comes to movies. This film tantalized me and enthralled me. I felt like a kid at a carnival. The rich cinematography was palpable. The beauty of the chaotic and very non-Pasteurized world of these kooky gypsies and country folk was unexpectedly stunning. And it was so funny! Just plain old funny! The acting was superb. I recognized some favorite character actors from other films I have seen from Yugoslavia. (Look for the Nail Lady). The only glitch for me was an occasional sense that the subtitles could not convey the full impact of the obviously earthy and colloquial dialogue. The film seems to proudly carry on the zany comedy tradition of Europe in the sixties, such as the Pink Panther series and the Czech "Firemen's Ball". I regret I did not see this in a theater with the howling audience it deserves.

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