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Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)

R | | Drama, War | 26 November 1997 (USA)
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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Igor Dzambazov ...
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Mrs. Savic
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Zeljko
Vesna Orel ...
Munira
Davor Janjic ...
Dragan
Vladimir Jokanovic ...
Emira's Uncle
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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 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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Rated R for brutal images/war atrocities and language | See all certifications »

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26 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dobrodošli u Sarajevo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$339,648 (USA) (23 January 1998)
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Trivia

Stephen Dillane met with the real-life journalist he plays in the film - Michael Henderson - but chose not to establish too much of a relationship with him as he wanted to create his own particular portrait of the man. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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Wire / End Title
Written by Robert del Naja (as R. del Naja), Grant Marshall (as G. Marshall). Sara Jay (as S. Ray), Mushroom Vowles (as A. Vowles)
Performed by Massive Attack, 1997
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Heartbreaking story
2 March 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Yes, we've seen the story of the detached journalist in a war-torn country who decides not to be detached anymore several times before (UNDER FIRE, SALVADOR). The difference here, however, is at least in films like UNDER FIRE, the enemy was one side of government. Here, the enemy is apathy, because while ethnic cleansing goes on, few care, and we see Henderson (Stephen Dillane) acts not only because he's moved by the child he rescues, but because almost no one else is. The line that perfectly sums it up is when the U.N. delegate calls Sarajevo the 13th worst place in the world, and American journalist Flynn (well played by Woody Harrelson) asks what 12 cities are ahead of Sarajevo, and if it's moving up or down.

I had problems with Michael Winterbottom's previous film, JUDE, because it felt like he didn't have a handle on the material. Here, however, though the story sometimes gets confusing, he is perfectly in tune with the story. A heartbreaking film.


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