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When Father Was Away on Business (1985)

Otac na sluzbenom putu (original title)
R | | Drama | 11 October 1985 (USA)
A family is deeply affected by father's extramarital affairs and the turbulent consequences of Tito-Stalin split.

Director:

Emir Kusturica

Writer:

Abdulah Sidran
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Moreno D'E Bartolli Moreno D'E Bartolli ... Malik
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Mehmed Mesa Zolj (as Miki Manojlovic)
Mirjana Karanovic ... Senija Sena Zolj
Mustafa Nadarevic ... Zijah Zijo Zulfikarpasic
Mira Furlan ... Ankica Vidmar
Predrag Lakovic ... Kucepazitelj Franjo
Pavle Vuisic Pavle Vuisic ... Dedo Muzamer (as Pavle Vujisic)
Slobodan Aligrudic Slobodan Aligrudic ... Ostoja Cekic
Eva Ras Eva Ras ... Ilonka Petrovic
Aco Djorcev Aco Djorcev ... Dr. Ljahaov (as Aleksandar Dorcev)
Emir Hadzihafizbegovic ... Mladji ujak
Zoran Radmilovic Zoran Radmilovic ... Pilot
Jelena Covic Jelena Covic ... Natasa
Tomislav Gelic Tomislav Gelic ... Berberin Hamdo
Davor Dujmovic ... Brat Mirza
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Storyline

Tito's break-up with Stalin in 1948 marked the beginning of not only confusing, but also very dangerous years for many hard-core Yugoslav communists. A careless remark about the newspaper cartoon is enough for Mesha to join many arrested unfortunates. His family is now forced to cope with the situation and wait for his release from prison. The story is told from the perspective of Malik, his young son who believes the mother's story about father being "away on business". Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

The Malkoc family are Bosnian Muslims, which is why the boys are being circumcised at their age. The Petrovic family are Serbs, while Ankica Vidmar and Franjo are Croats (probably Catholic). The Liakhovs are Russians, exiled because of their opposition to Stalin. See more »

Goofs

In the wedding banquet scene, the cake is hit and damaged by a football. A few moments later, it is shown intact again. See more »

Connections

References Moscow Laughs (1934) See more »

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Not a simple film, a history lesson
18 June 2000 | by Goldmine-2See all my reviews

I saw this film one month ago for the first time and I've been really impressed! After having seen the film, I decided to go to Croatia, because I wanted to see what Communism created in ex-Yugoslavia. This film made me curious about history and people of Ex-Yugoslavia. It has been really a lesson for me; everybody should see this movie.


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Country:

Yugoslavia

Release Date:

11 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Otac na službenom putu See more »

Filming Locations:

Bosnia and Herzegovina See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,614, 13 October 1985

Gross USA:

$16,131

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,751
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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