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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Did You Know?


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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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 »


Referenced in Maradona by Kusturica (2008) See more »


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Performed by Bajram Severdzan
Original music composed by R. Vuckovic
Original lyrics by D. Tukacovic
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A mesmerising, highly imaginative film - a masterpiece
9 February 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is an extremely quirky film, riddled with crazy caricatures of East European mafiosi and small time crooks. It sports some of the most imaginative characters I have ever seen on a screen (a woman who pulls nails with her buttocks?) and some of the most bizarre scenes.And yet the film is beautifully balanced, never falling into outright lunacy or losing the plot.

The scenes are at times almost nostalgic, a throwback to some simpler time when you could just have fun, no holds barred. And that is exactly what this film does for me - I have not had as much fun in ages. You will leave the theater with a feel-good factor 10 and thank out loud the people who created this gem.

Kusturica is a phenomenon.

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