Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  26 November 1997 (USA)
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Journalist Floyd from US, Michael Henderson from UK and their teams meet the beginning of Bosnian war in Sarajevo. During their reports they find an orphanage run by devoted Mrs. Savic near... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emira Nusevic ...
Igor Dzambazov ...
Gordana Gadzic ...
Mrs. Savic
Helen Henderson
Drazen Sivak ...
Vesna Orel ...
Davor Janjic ...
Vladimir Jokanovic ...
Emira's Uncle


Journalist Floyd from US, Michael Henderson from UK and their teams meet the beginning of Bosnian war in Sarajevo. During their reports they find an orphanage run by devoted Mrs. Savic near the front line. Henderson gets so involved in kids' problems that he decides to take on the children, Emira, illegally back to England. He is assisted by American aid worker Nina. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | War

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Rated R for brutal images/war atrocities and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dobrodošli u Sarajevo  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$89,274 (USA) (28 November 1997)


DEM 107,608 (Germany) (12 June 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Stephen Dillane's son Frank plays his son in the film. See more »


The song which plays as Michael and Risto enter the apartment to search for the mother, is "M.O.R." by Blur. This song was released in 1997, despite the movie taking place during the siege of Sarajevo, years earlier. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: In 1991, the country of Yugoslavia began to fracture into separate nations. On the pretext of maintaining Yugoslavia's integrity, the Serbian dominated Yugoslav army attacked first Slovenia, then Croatia.
Title Card: In April 1992, in the hope of securing international protection, Bosnia declared its independence. This was rejected by many Bosnian Serbs. Aided by the remnants of the Yugoslav army, they set out to claim as much territory as they could.
Title Card: They systematically cleansed towns and ...
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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »


Eine Kleine Lift Musik
Wrutten by Damon Albarn (as Albarn), Graham Coxon (as Coxon), Alex James (as James) and Dave Rowntree (as Rowntree)
Performed by Blur
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More like a documentary of how people suffered in Bosnia in the war.
19 April 1999 | by (pakistan) – See all my reviews

A better film could have been made to portray the tragedy of Bosnia. Some parts are very effective and the film does well to give some idea of the suffering of the people specially the children, but overall it looks less like a film and more like a documentary. Woody Harrelson is very good but the rest of the cast has performed well without being extra ordinary. Should be watched in order to get a rough idea of what the war did to the children of Bosnia. If one expects a great and gripping movie, Welcome...... will be a disappointment.

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