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Kontroll (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  20 November 2003 (Hungary)
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A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks... And a tale about love.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sándor Csányi ...
Zoltán Mucsi ...
Csaba Pindroch ...
Sándor Badár ...
Zsolt Nagy ...
Eszter Balla ...
Bence Mátyássy ...
Gyalogkakukk (Bootsie)
Gyözö Szabó ...
Péter Scherer ...
Big Boss
László Nádasi ...
János Kulka ...
Enikõ Eszenyi ...
Drunken Woman
Zsolt László ...
K., Kripli (Nub)


Ghost trains and ghostly characters, figuratively speaking of course, are what run through the perpetual night of this underground metro system. Bulcsú's (Sándor Csányi) life that once was, on the surface, where the real people go home after work, who go to the movies or a fine restaurant is now replaced by the dark, cold and solitude arena of his new dwellings. He, and his motley crew of ragtag metro ticket Kontrollers must patrol the trains that run these City dwellers back and forth and with daily ritual, check that no one dare come down into their world for a free ride. With indifferent passengers, a possible love interest, a regime set on competition and to top it all a mysterious serial killer at large, Kontroll is a dark and bleak comedy of the world of the ticket inspector, who, in the end must keep this Metro system running. If not, what would be the worst that could happen, if they ever lost control? Dare you ride here for free, too? Written by Cinema_Fan

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Plot Keywords:

train | ticket | love | dare | running | See All (188) »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 November 2003 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Control  »

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Box Office


HUF 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,098 (USA) (1 April 2005)


$235,364 (USA) (26 August 2005)

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nimród Antal wrote his screenplay in English. See more »


At the end of the movie, when Bulcsú runs away from the man into the tunnel the train comes from left, but minutes later the a train comes from the right. See more »


Szofi: [at subway vending machines] Nice place. Come here often?
Bulcsú: Only when I really want to impress a girl.
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Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) See more »

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An excellent, competitive Hungarian movie
20 September 2004 | by (Dunakeszi, Hungary) – See all my reviews

At long last there is an excellent, competitive Hungarian movie about different ways of the ego and soul, about love and crime and the background there is symbolic world of subway. I really enjoyed the characters because they all are basic symbols of our life. There is the good, the bad, the lover, the friend and so many characters who can help the protagonist to reach his right way of self-realization and in the other hand there are the dark forces, all those who try to balk our hero to reach the glory. But what the glory really is? It's always personal and different. The same in all ways is to make the dream true. Our hero can beat his evil instincts with love and reach the glory (and to be able to make his dreams true). After all I really enjoyed Nimród Antal first movie and my advice is the next: U have to see it!

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