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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Features some reused footage from the 1968 movie "Battle of Britain". See more »


The Czech RAF sergeants are often saluted and addressed as "sir". See more »


Cpl. Pierce: [singing, to the tune of the Colonel Bogey March] 'itler, 'as only got one ball. Goering, has two but very small. 'immler, 'as somethin' simm'lar, and Goebbles 'as nothin' down there at all.
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Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 23 December 2008 (2008) See more »


by Voskovec, Werich and Jezek
Performed by Orchestr Osvobozeného divadla
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Superior To Pearl Harbor
16 November 2004 | by (Yorkshire) – See all my reviews

This film is 99% historically accurate unlike the many obvious misreprentations in Pearl Harbor. DBW makes use of real aircraft filmed for the purpose plus some bits from the film Battle Of Britain. The flying sequences are far superior to anything in Pearl Harbor.

Unlike Pearl Harbor there are no dyslexic or stammering pilots. The love interest is central to the plot and Tara Fitzgerald is very convincing in her role.

My only gripe is that the officers and sergeants share the same mess hall. This is something that could easily have been avoided by making both of the main characters officers which would not have affected the sory line in any way.

In short, if you like comic strip type stuff you will prefer Pearl Harbor but for quality and accuracy, Dark Blue World wins hands down.

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