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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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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Czech Republic's official submission to 74th Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2002. See more »


When Susan is explaining to Karel that her husband is serving in the Royal Navy but has been missing at sea for a year, the ship below his photograph is an American Iowa class battleship. The first ship of this class (USS Iowa, BB-61) was not commissioned until February of 1943, long after the period of the film. See more »


Prison Warden: This is a liquidation camp! You're educated, so you know what it means. That cart over there is called Amnesty, and it goes to the cemetery and back. There will be no other amnesty for you!
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Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 20 February 2015 (2015) See more »


Tmavomodrý svet
by Voskovec, Werich and Jezek
Performed and sang by Oldrich Kaiser
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Take a chance and see this low key WW2 story...
18 December 2004 | by (Saskatchewan, Canada) – See all my reviews

I absolutely loved this movie. Great, realistic looking combat footage for one thing and a touching, genuine story also. The calm, understated manner of the lead character, Franta, makes him very likable. The human relationships in the story seemed so very typical and possible of what you could expect in war time. The bond between Franta and Carel shows the loyalty wartime comrades can have for each other and that is often described in books and interviews with veterans. The subtitles do not detract from the story at all and actually serve to underline the problems the Czech pilots had in the RAF. The postwar storyline is a great reminder that for many the suffering of WW2 did not end in 1945, especially in Russian occupied countries. The cinematography was also very good. Wish I could have seen it on the big screen.

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