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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
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Franz 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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Trivia

Jeremy Irons does not exactly play Franz Kafka in this movie. He plays a man named Kafka, who (like Franz Kafka) works in an insurance firm, and has an unsuccessful writing career, and an estrangement from his father, to whom he writes a long letter. However, no first name is ever given for this character, nor is it ever stated that the action takes place in Franz Kafka's home city of Prague, although various landmarks are shown. Furthermore, various biographical details are incorrect. Kafka is said to have been twice engaged to a woman named Anna, whereas Franz Kafka's fiancée (whom he never married) was called Felice Bauer, and he also mentions to a friend that he is, in 1919, working on a story about a man who is changed into a gigantic beetle, when Franz Kafka's famous story "Metamorphosis" was actually published in 1914, one of the few works of his to be published in his lifetime. See more »

Quotes

Oscar: [to Kafka] Miss Rossman was here looking for you.
Ludwig: Gabriela.
Oscar: Do you know her?
Franz Kafka: Do you?
Oscar: Well, we saw her naked once.
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Connections

References Goldfinger (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch
Composed by Cliff Martinez
(p) & © 1992 Virgin Records America, Inc.
distributed by WEA through arrangement with Atlantic Records.
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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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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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