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Dark Blue World (2001)
"Tmavomodrý svet" (original title)

R  |   |  War, Drama, Action  |  17 May 2001 (Czech Republic)
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The friendship of two men becomes tested when they both fall for the same woman.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ondrej Vetchý ...
Frantisek Sláma
Krystof Hádek ...
Karel Vojtisek
Susan Whitmore
Wing Commander Bentley
Oldrich Kaiser ...
Jan Machatý
David Novotný ...
Bedrich Mrtvý
Linda Rybová ...
Hanicka Pecharova
Jaromír Dulava ...
Railwayman Kanka
Lukás Kantor ...
Tom Tom
Radim Fiala ...
Jura Sysel
Juraj Bernáth ...
Jan Gregora
Miroslav Táborský ...
Vilha Houf
Hans-Jörg Assmann ...
Doctor Blaschke
German Officer Hesse
English Teacher


March 15, 1939: Germany invades Czechoslovakia. Czech and Slovak pilots flee to England, joining the RAF. After the war, back home, they are put in labor camps, suspected of anti-Communist ideas. This film cuts between a post-war camp where Franta is a prisoner and England during the war, where Franta is like a big brother to Karel, a very young pilot. On maneuvers, Karel crash lands by the rural home of Susan, an English woman whose husband is MIA. She spends one night with Karel, and he thinks he's found the love of his life. It's complicated by Susan's attraction to Franta. How will the three handle innocence, Eros, friendship, and the heat of battle? When war ends, what then? Written by <>

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War | Drama | Action | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

17 May 2001 (Czech Republic)  »

Also Known As:

Dark Blue World  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,634 (USA) (4 January 2002)


$258,215 (USA) (31 May 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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The most expensive Czech movie so far. The most expensive scene from total budget of 8 milion USD is where British Spitfire attacks German train. It cost more than the whole Oscar-winning Sverak's movie Kolya (Kolja). See more »


In the language teaching scenes there are some model airplanes hung up from the ceiling. Two of these are the Lockheed P-38 Lightning and the TBF Avenger. Both of these airplanes were not built and put into service until long after America came into the war and this scene takes place in 1940. See more »


Vojtisek: What is your name?
Jane: Jane.
Vojtisek: My name is Charles. Would you be so kind to show me which way is the officer's mess?
Other WAAF girl: Oh, you cant probably leave while on stand by, can you?
Vojtisek: [pointing on Jane's cup] Your tea is well.
Jane: Good.
Vojtisek: My English is good?
Jane: The tea is good.
Vojtisek: Ah... wrong again... I would need
[in Czech]
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Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 20 February 2015 (2015) See more »


Pochod karnevalu umelecké besedy
by Jaroslav Jezek
Performed by Dvorakuv komorní orchestr
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Good, very good...
9 October 2004 | by (Prague, Czech Rep.) – See all my reviews

I'm Czech and soldiers (not only pilots) who escaped Czechoslovakia after Nazi's invasion in 1939 and fought against them abroad are true heroes and bravest men in our history for me. This movie from director of Academy Award winner "Kolya" (1996) is a tribute to these men. It's first big-screen movie about Czechoslovak WWII soldiers since "Nebesti jezdci" (1968). I think "Dark Blue World" is a good movie - good acting, good special effects, nice music etc. Movie is half in English and some actors are Britons. But greatest thing about this movie is it's pure existence. It's great chance to show people all around the world (and to many people in Czech Republic too...) that Czechoslovak role in WWII was not only as occupied country but as an active member of allied campaign.

Leading characters are older and wiser Frantisek and young Karel. They escaped together from Czechoslovakia, they are flying in the same squadron and they fell in love with the same woman... Maybe it's a cliché but fortunately this storyline is not so aggressive and is in good balance with other scenes (including great dogfights). I don't want to compare "Dark Blue World" with "Pearl Harbor", someone will like PH more and someone will like DBW. But if you like happy ends, DBW is not for you. So, I think it's very good movie for everyone who likes this type of stories and very good movie who wants to get to know something about this chapter of Czechoslovak history.

BTW, main theme "Dark Blue World" is from Czech 30's and 40's composer Jaroslav Jezek. He wrote this theme when he lost his eyes...

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