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Welcome to Sarajevo -- Living on the edge amid the constant threat of attack, an offbeat band of TV journalists report from a devastated war-torn country. The action intensifies when one of the journalists crosses the line and risks his life in a bold attempt to smuggle an orphaned girl to safety.


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Release Date:
26 November 1997 (USA) See more »
For this celebrated, outrageous, adrenaline-loving bunch of reporters, home is the latest war zone. Now, one of them is about to do the unthinkable--get emotionally involved. See more »
Journalist Floyd from US, Michael Henderson from UK and their teams meet the beginning of Bosnian war in Sarajevo... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Stephen Dillane ... Michael Henderson

Woody Harrelson ... Flynn

Marisa Tomei ... Nina
Emira Nusevic ... Emira

Kerry Fox ... Jane Carson

Goran Visnjic ... Risto Bavic

James Nesbitt ... Gregg

Emily Lloyd ... Annie McGee
Igor Dzambazov ... Jacket
Gordana Gadzic ... Mrs. Savic

Juliet Aubrey ... Helen Henderson
Drazen Sivak ... Zeljko
Vesna Orel ... Munira
Davor Janjic ... Dragan
Vladimir Jokanovic ... Emira's Uncle
Izudina Brutus ... Lucky Strike
Labina Mitevska ... Sonja
Sanja Buric ... Alma
Haris Secic ... Altar Boy

Kerry Shale ... UN Convoy Official
Majda Tusar ... Woman Baker
Miralem Zupcevic ... Baker's Husband
Peter Kelly ... UN Vip
Dijana Bolanca ... Nina Co-Worker
Nino Levi ... Zivko
Berina Salijevic ... Road Runner

Frank Dillane ... Christopher Henderson
Paige Brogan-Smith ... Jane Henderson
Petre Arsovski ... Joey (as Petar Arsovski)
Viktorija Peceva ... Ajsha
Nikolina Kujaca ... Bride
Joana Popovska ... Bride's Mother
Natali Rajcinovska ... Bride'a Sister
Brankica Jankoska ... Hairdresser
Dragan Marinkovic ... Chetnik Leader
Senad Basic ... Svercer
Ines Hadzovic ... Hospital Girl
Cesar Adi ... Child on Bus
Milan Plestina ... Beauty Contest Compere
Ines Fancovic ... Woman shouting at bread queue
Haris Sarvan ... Black Marketeer #1
Pejdah Dzevad ... Black Marketeer #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vlado Jokanovic ... Emira's Uncle (as Vladimir Jokanovic)
Viktorija Cherepnalkovska ... Ajsha (uncredited)

Che Grant ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Alex Nikolic ... Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Winterbottom 
Writing credits
Michael Nicholson (book "Natasha's Story")

Frank Cottrell Boyce 

Produced by
Ismet Arnautalic .... producer: Croatia
Graham Broadbent .... producer
Damian Jones .... producer
Paul Sarony .... line producer
Ivo Sunjic .... associate producer: Croatia
David Ball .... line producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Adrian Johnston 
Cinematography by
Daf Hobson 
Film Editing by
Trevor Waite 
Casting by
Simone Pereira Hind  (as Simone Ireland)
Vanessa Pereira 
Production Design by
Mark Geraghty 
Kemal Hrustanovic 
Art Direction by
Kemal Hrustanovic 
David Minty 
Terry Pritchard (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Constantin Nikolic 
Costume Design by
Janty Yates 
Makeup Department
Mesin Dijana .... assistant makeup artist
Tomislav Markunovic .... assistant makeup artist: Bosnia
Alenka Nahtigal .... makeup artist
Anne Oldham .... hair designer
Anne Oldham .... makeup designer
Alex Volpe .... hair stylist
Alex Volpe .... makeup artist
Alex Volpe .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Mensud Arslanovic .... assistant production manager: Croatia
Geoff Austin .... production manager: UK
Boris Gregoric .... production manager: Croatia
Stephen Law .... post-production supervisor
Sally Morgan .... production manager
Branislav Brana Srdic .... production manager: Macedonia
Alex Sutherland .... production manager
Paul Webster .... head of production: Miramax
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rohan Berry .... third assistant director
Richard Bramford .... third assistant director
Petar Buntic .... first assistant director: Bosnia Herzegovina
Filip Cemerski .... first assistant director: Macedonia
Slobodan Dedeic .... assistant director
William Dutton .... second assistant director
Sean Guest .... first assistant director
Ahmed Imamovic .... first assistant director: Bosnia Herzegovina
Elmir Jukic .... second assistant director: Bosnia Herzegovina
Tomislav Lukicic .... third assistant director
Mary Soan .... first assistant director
James Wilkinson .... third assistant director: Croacia
Celia Willett .... second assistant director: Croacia
Art Department
Ismet Begtasévic .... property master
Billy Bridge .... stand-by construction
Peta Button .... set dresser: UK
Maya Crome .... art department runner: UK
Douglas Glen .... dressing props: UK
Alastair Gow .... stand-by carpenter
Robert Jazadziski .... assistant art director
Mike Malik .... property master
Halid Patkovic .... painter: Bosnia
Paul Purdy .... property master: UK
Ragib Salam .... property buyer
Charlotte Taylor .... production buyer: UK
Bill Webb .... dressing props: UK
Sound Department
Peter Baldock .... supervising sound editor
James Boyle .... assistant sound editor
Paul Conway .... dialogue editor
Gillian Dodders .... foley editor
John Falcini .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Adele Kellett .... assistant sound effects editor (as Adele Kellet)
Jacques Leroide .... foley editor (as Jaques Leroide)
Rupert Miles .... assistant sound effects editor
Kate Morath .... boom operator
Beryl Mortimer .... foley artist
Chris Nuttall .... sound editor
Richard Pryke .... assistant re-recording mixer
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Kevin Tayler .... foley mixer
Martin Trevis .... sound
Timothy Vine .... foley editor (as Tim Vine)
Aad Wirtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Iain Eyre .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Eliott Bechtol .... special effects technician
Gary Cohen .... special effects technician
Alan Whibley .... special effects supervisor
Zeljko Bozic .... stunts: musliman victim
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Sead Bihorac .... camera grip: Macedonia
Buddy Blackwell .... video playback operator (as George Buddy Blackwell)
Zvonko Blaskovic .... electrician: Croatia
John Conroy .... assistant camera
John Conroy .... focus puller
Martin Healey .... best boy
Andy Long .... gaffer
Vince McGahon .... Steadicam operator
Vince McGahon .... camera operator
Jimmy Nesbitt .... camera operator: Betacam
Len O'Brien .... generator operator
Marjan Ognenovski .... assistant camera: Macedonia
John Robinson .... camera grip (as jonathan robinson)
Jonathan Robinson .... camera grip
Roman Rogulja .... focus puller: Croatia
Vlado Rukavina .... grip: Croatia
Robert Shacklady .... focus puller: pick-up shots
Nenad Smiljanic .... clapper loader: Croatia
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
Oliver Tellet .... clapper loader
Jason Wall .... electrician: UK
Casting Department
Kerry Barden .... casting: USA
Pero Buric .... casting: Bosnia Herzcegovina
Irina Damic .... casting: Croatia
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting assistant
Billy Hopkins .... casting: US
Alex Nikolic .... location casting associate: Macedonia
Danielle Roffe .... casting assistant
Suzanne Smith .... casting: US
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sabina Buzdon .... wardrobe assistant
Emira Kaliman .... wardrobe assistant: Bosnia
Zaklina Krstevska .... assistant costume designer
Christian Motta .... costumer
Ajda Srdic .... wardrobe assistant
Amanda Trewin .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Susan Bodnar .... editor trainee
Peter Christelis .... first assistant editor
Katie Goodson .... post-production runner
Jo Harland .... second assistant editor
Jim Lownie .... lightworks operator
Folasade Oyeleye .... lightworks operator
Andrew Perrier .... editor trainee
Alison Smith .... editor trainee
Music Department
Nick Ingman .... conductor
Laurence Kaye .... music supervisor
Steve Lindsey .... music supervisor
Fiona Looney .... assistant music supervisor
Beth Rosenblatt .... soundtrack producer
Christopher Warren-Green .... music director
Jonathan Williams .... cello soloist
Transportation Department
Mickey Kurilic .... action vehicle coordinator
Other crew
Stefan Aleksov .... crowd marshall
Cate Arbeid .... production coordinator
Molly Atkins .... cashier
Hilary Benson .... production coordinator
Laurence Brown .... Legal Services
Viktorija Cherepnalkovska .... production secretary
Juliet Clarke .... producer secretary
Emma Davie .... unit publicist
Cherry Fiddaman .... production accountant
Emily Grant .... runner
Biki Jandrevska .... production secretary: Macedonia
Cameron K. .... assistant to producers
Drago Klincic .... accountant
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Sara Morris .... production secretary
Kevin Phelan .... video to film producer: selected scenes, CFC
Roger Phillips .... title designer
Mick Ratman .... location manager
Sherralyn Rowlands .... location assistant: UK
Edin Sarkic .... location manager: Bosnia
Dana Sims .... assistant to producers
Gordana Suvalija .... assistant to director
Karen Thrussell .... production office runner: UK
Tessa Wolpe .... accounts assistant
Nina Zeckovic .... production secretary: Croatia
Blayze Collins-Perucchetti .... production office runner (uncredited)

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Rated R for brutal images/war atrocities and language
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:16 (video rating) | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: 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 villages of their Muslim populations, while turning their guns on the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. This cosmopolitan city, a symbol of inter-faith co-operation, was cut off from the outside world and became a city under siege.
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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Unmissable, 29 May 2005
Author: pippa_bennett ( from Monmouth, UK

Like many other users here i have never understood why such a fantastic and quite groundbreaking film has never received a more fitting place in filmic history. i think it's sensitive and fitting and yet packs enough punch to perhaps make people who didn't before, care a bit more or take a bit more notice of what happened in the Balkans. the actors are memorable and the script powerful. i have also loved the passion that has gone into this film, the filmmakers obviously had a real love for this part of the world which is something we were never shown on the news, that the Balkans are beautiful and vibrant countries and that the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia let us ignore that and de-cultured the people in some way. watch it if you haven't already!

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