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No Man's Land (2001)

Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Filip Sovagovic ...
Serge-Henri Valcke ...
Sacha Kremer ...
Alain Eloy ...
Old Serbian soldier
Bogdan Diklic ...
Serbian officer
Branko Zavrsan ...
Djuro Utjesanovic ...
Bosnian guide
Mirza Tanovic ...
Bosnian officer


After various skirmishes, two wounded soldiers, one Bosnian and one Serb, confront each other in a trench in the no man's land between their lines. They wait for dark, trading insults and even finding some common ground; sometimes one has the gun, sometimes the other, sometimes both. Things get complicated when another wounded Bosnian comes to, but can't move because a bouncing mine is beneath him. The two men cooperate to wave white flags, their lines call the UN (whose high command tries not to help), an English reporter shows up, a French sergeant shows courage, and the three men in no man's land may or may not find a way to all get along. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ničija zemlja  »

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Box Office


FRF 14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,645 (USA) (7 December 2001)


$1,059,830 (USA) (24 May 2002)

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


After Ciki shoots Nino and the old soldier, he loads the other of the together taped magazines in the rifle and makes a loading movement, thus cycling the first round in the chamber. A bit later, in the "who started the war scene" in the bunker, Ciki shouts "who started the war?" and makes another loading movement, which would cause the first round to be ejected (unspent) from the rifle. Yet no round is ejected. See more »


[last words]
Cameraman: You're sure you don't want me to film the trench?
Jane Livingstone: No. A trench is a trench. They're all the same.
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References The Smurfs (1981) See more »


Written and Sung by Danis Tanovic
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IMDb's movie of the day is worth tracking down (NO spoilers)
11 November 2004 | by (Nara, Japan) – See all my reviews

I'm glad the IMDb featured this flick as its movie of the day, it is a great film and one which I think a lot of people passed over because it has... (shudder) sub-titles. : ) I am always aghast at some people's reactions to "foreign films" (in other words not Hollywood-produced), much less if it actually requires you to READ the dialogue. If you like war movies (and I am talking about those war movies which have you contemplate the brutality and morality of armed conflict, not those that glorify it... although those can be fun too) then you will... well perhaps "enjoy" is too strong a word as I found parts truly horrifying, not in a "look at the gore" way but in a "man is a terrible beast" way... so let's say "captivate" you with its intensity and what I felt to be an honest assessment of war and this conflict in particular. Greatly acted and a great idea behind the movie, this film gets 10/10 from me, though as I mentioned it is not the same 10/10 a LOTR or Star Wars gets, this movie is not a popcorn muncher but one that will get you thinking and keep you thinking long after the credits finish.

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