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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
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Susan Whitmore
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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
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German Officer Hesse
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English Teacher
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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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17 May 2001 (Czech Republic)  »

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Dark Blue World  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$258,215 (USA) (31 May 2002)
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Features some reused footage from the 1968 movie "Battle of Britain". See more »

Goofs

A significant number of the Spitfires shown are later marks than would have been used in 1940, as is evidenced by their larger (and subtly differently shaped) vertical stabilizers and two underwing radiators. (Mark I and Mark II Spitfires would have had only one underwing radiator under the starboard wing, supplemented by a much smaller oil cooler under the port wing.) Also, the scenes in which Me109's appear show aircraft with unusually large chin cowling, indicating that they were probably made in Spain under license after the war (and equipped with something other than the period-correct Daimler-Benz engine that an Me109 would have had in 1940). See more »

Quotes

Doctor Blaschke: It was hard, Mr. Sláma, to be a German and not be proud.
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Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 20 February 2015 (2015) See more »

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Tmavomodrý svet
by Voskovec, Werich and Jezek
Performed and sang by Oldrich Kaiser
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A cinematic poem
26 October 2003 | by (melbourne, australia) – See all my reviews

This is a gem - a charming step back in time and a testament to marrying the image to the period. You know you have been touched by a film when it resonates long after leaving your seat. A movie will be gone from your thoughts if it has no layers to its storytelling and this film still lingers in the mind and begs to be revisited. A fundamental error made by film-makers is not allowing the audience to participate in the film by insulting their ability to work things out for themselves. Dark Blue World is poetic, exciting and ultimately a most rewarding cinema experience. If only Pearl Harbor and its ilk could learn something of this art for their particular brand. I cannot wait for the follow-up to this special team. 8/10.


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