Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1979. While Yugoslav president Tito is in Cuba settling international matters, a mysterious Phantom occupies the attention and hearts of Belgrade. Every night, he ... See full summary »
Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1979. While Yugoslav president Tito is in Cuba settling international matters, a mysterious Phantom occupies the attention and hearts of Belgrade. Every night, he exhibits spectacular driving maneuvers using a stolen white Porsche car through the city streets. Through the radio the Phantom publicly challenges the police to try and catch him. More than 10.000 people are in the streets supporting their hero. The police are forced into a game where he sets the rules. The Phantom becomes a political threat. What started as a game turned into a political scandal and remained a myth that would never be forgot. Written by
Police cars used in the movie are one Zastava 1300 (''tristac'') and 3 Zastavas 101 (''stojadin''). All four were actually civilian cars and were bought for about 1250$ and later repainted. Considering that all three Zastavas 101 were crushed for shooting, only the oldest model (Zastava 1300) survived. It is today part of the exhibition at the Belgrade Car Museum. See more »
All license plates on police cars are not the original ones. Filmmakers made few cardboard replicas, that were glued up on original modern plates, visible in few scenes. Theese replicas, however, differ slightly from the original ones in color type, size and numbers pattern. See more »
I really enjoyed this film. I wasn't judging this movie as I would a Hollywood project. It surpasses nearly all of them anyway because it's got soul. People who were there give recounts of their own experiences and perspectives, between the recreations which were very well done. The film has a real 70's feel to it, so masterfully portrayed it's tougher to tell the difference in eras between the actual clips and the recreations, than it is to tell the difference between the recreations and the interviews. If the interviews were not shot in modern crispness, you wouldn't be able to tell this movie wasn't actually from the era of the phantom.
The story of the phantom and his effect on the people, especially during a time of tyranny in a police state is inspiring, and even some of the police who were the younger officers at the time admit to secretly admiring him.
I'm sure most people will like it, only those who try not to won't.
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