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Kafka (1991)

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Kafka works during the day at an insurance company, where events lead him to discover a mysterious underground society with strange suppressive goals.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writer:

Lem Dobbs
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Kafka
Theresa Russell ... Gabriela
Joel Grey ... Burgel
Ian Holm ... Doctor Murnau
Jeroen Krabbé ... Bizzlebek
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Grubach
Alec Guinness ... The Chief Clerk
Brian Glover ... Castle Henchman
Keith Allen ... Assistant Ludwig
Simon McBurney ... Assistant Oscar
Robert Flemyng ... The Keeper of the Files
Matyelok Gibbs Matyelok Gibbs ... Concierge
Ion Caramitru ... Solemn Anarchist
Hilde Van Mieghem ... Female Anarchist (as Hilde Van Meighem)
Jan Nemejovský ... Mustachioed Anarchist
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Storyline

Kafka, an insurance worker gets embroiled in an underground group after a co-worker is murdered. The underground group is responsible for bombings all over town, attempting to thwart a secret organization that controls the major events in society. He eventually penetrates the secret organization and must confront them. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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To solve a mystery he will enter a nightmare.


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кафка See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,814, 8 December 1991

Gross USA:

$1,059,071

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,059,071
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The cast includes three Oscar winners: Jeremy Irons, Sir Alec Guinness, and Joel Grey; and one Oscar nominee: Sir Ian Holm. See more »

Quotes

Chief Clerk: Kafka... I understand you fancy yourself as a writer.
Franz Kafka: [shrugs] In a small way.
Chief Clerk: You should find a more... athletic hobby. Put some color in your cheeks.
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Connections

Referenced in And Everything Is Going Fine (2010) See more »

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The Magic Flute, K. 620
(Excerpt)
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder.
Sung by by 'Joel Grey'
Published by Pricel S.A. / Glamourbone Music (BMI)
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Too Depressing & Gloomy
13 July 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Despite the excellent black-and-white cinematography (which is seen for all but 15 minutes of this film), I canned this movie from my collection because the story was almost incomprehensible. It also was too depressing, too gloomy.

This really is more of a horror film than anything else with a few uncomfortable scenes as people are being killed and/or used as guinea pigs in experiments. I would think this would not appeal to most people who aren't in some form of counseling or therapy (or should be!).

Yet, that wonderful film-noir photography with great lights and shadows, made it intriguing to view.....once.


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