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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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Filip Sovagovic ...
Cera
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Serge-Henri Valcke ...
Dubois
Sacha Kremer ...
Michel
Alain Eloy ...
Pierre
Mustafa Nadarevic ...
Old Serbian soldier
Bogdan Diklic ...
Serbian officer
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Martha
Branko Zavrsan ...
Deminer
Djuro Utjesanovic ...
Bosnian guide
Mirza Tanovic ...
Bosnian officer
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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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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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19 September 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ničija zemlja  »

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Budget:

FRF 14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

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Cera: I hope those aren't my cigarettes.
Chiki: When I took them, I didn't know you'd need them. But now I hope . . .
[lighting one up and taking a drag, then putting it into Cera's mouth]
Chiki: that you'll die of cancer.
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References Ace in the Hole (1951) See more »

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Anterija
Sung by Sarr e Roma with:
Adnan Zimic
Amir Karaha Sanovic
Miralem Basic
Kosta Latinovic
with special guest
Muris Dautovic on the accordion
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No man's land is a great film
21 June 2005 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

So much I have read, so much has been written about this academy award movie, but it's still somewhere in the dark. Any why is that?

Probably because it doesn't fit in the usual concept of a movie today. And that is: watch it, be amused and by tomorrow forget about it. Living in Croatia and understanding the war horror that occurred in former Yugoslavia isn't the only reason why I mark this film with a high grade. This film isn't just about tragedy in the Balcans. It's actually about human nature.

Although people that don't understand our language(s) might miss something that puts this movie in a special kind of humorous mood, the general concept always remains the same. It's a film about humanity. It's shows us how EVERY war is absurd, with only losers involved. Special feature of this movie is objectiveness...there is no usual bad guy-good guy classification..there are no pathetic tones we see everyday in a common war movie. the only thing present here is the reality of innocent people who were pushed to kill each other.

Remarkable! 9/10


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