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Dark Blue World (2001)

Tmavomodrý svet (original title)
The friendship of two men becomes tested when they both fall for the same woman.

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Frantisek Sláma
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Karel Vojtisek
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Susan Whitmore
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Wing Commander Bentley
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Jan Machatý
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Bedrich Mrtvý
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Hanicka Pecharova
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Railwayman Kanka
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Tom Tom
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Jura Sysel
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Jan Gregora
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Vilha Houf
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Doctor Blaschke
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English Teacher
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

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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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Doctor Blaschke: It was hard, Mr. Sláma, to be a German and not be proud.
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Connections

Referenced in 7 pádu Honzy Dedka: Radim Fiala (2017) 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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