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Shot Through the Heart (1998)

The horrors of war are examined from the view points of lifelong friends (Linus Roache, Vincent Perez), who end up on opposing sides in the war in Sarajevo. One is an expert marksman, who ... See full summary »

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Vlado
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Slavko
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Maida
Adam Kotz ...
Miso
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Amela
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Zijah
Viktória Bajza ...
Lenka
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Serbian Soldier
Balázs Farkas ...
Malik
Gabriella Fon ...
Nurse
Zoltán Gera ...
Nebojis
Karianne Henderson ...
Nadja
Róbert Irisz ...
Novak
Claudia Liptai ...
Post Office Woman
Daniel Newman ...
Sasa (as Danny Newman)
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The horrors of war are examined from the view points of lifelong friends (Linus Roache, Vincent Perez), who end up on opposing sides in the war in Sarajevo. One is an expert marksman, who trains the snipers used to terrify the city and the other becomes a freedom fighter, who rejects his friend's offer to gain an escape from the city. As might be expected, the two eventually have to face-off against one another. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | War

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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4 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Disparo al corazón  »

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Dreams
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Performed by The Cranberries
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An outstanding film on the war in Sarajevo
5 November 2000 | by (Taipei, Taiwan) – See all my reviews

This film made a tremendous impact on me. I am stunned, overwhelmed and profoundly moved. Watching this remarkable photoplay, my emotion is intense. It immediately reminded me of a nonfiction book I had read about the war in Bosnia, it feels like all the things described in that book come to life. It's shocking.

All the events depicted in this movie ACTUALLY HAPPENED. Children getting killed by pieces of shrapnel, friends being on opposite sides and their friendships being torn apart by the war, losing your family, friends, neighbors, attending one and yet another funeral of someone you knew, people being shot while they carry water...my heart broke when I watched these cruel facts portrayed in this impassioned work. It is so true to life that I felt as if I was there, witnessing the whole thing.

Based upon a true story, "Shot Through the Heart" is about a life long friendship between two marksmen who are residents in Sarajevo. When the war breaks out, Vlado, a Muslim, and Slavko, a Serb, are on opposite sides and eventually, they will have to face each other. People in Sarajevo used to live peaceful and carefree lives, now their lives become tragedies all because of this hideous war.

History, the sense of retaliation and false beliefs make human beings turn into killing machines. War is destruction and agony. If only we could realize it and remember the lessons we've learned. If only we could reach world peace sooner.

This war drama is finely filmed, and the acting is very believable. The movie helps us understand more about the ex-Yugoslavia war that took place in the early nineties and makes us think about it, how wars affect people and the importance of making peace. I heartily recommend this film to anybody who is interested in what happened in Sarajevo.


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