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Underground (1995)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, War | 20 June 1997 (USA)
A group of serbian socialists prepares for the war in a surreal underground filled by parties, tragedies, love and hate.

Director:

Emir Kusturica

Writers:

Dusan Kovacevic (story), Emir Kusturica (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Marko / Actor playing Marko (as Miki Manojlovic)
Lazar Ristovski ... Crni (Blacky) / Actor playing Blacky
Mirjana Jokovic ... Natalija / Actress playing Natalija
Slavko Stimac ... Ivan
Ernst Stötzner Ernst Stötzner ... Franz / Actor playing Franz
Srdjan 'Zika' Todorovic ... Jovan (as Srdjan Todorovic)
Mirjana Karanovic ... Vera
Milena Pavlovic Milena Pavlovic ... Jelena
Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic ... Deda (as Bata Stojkovic)
Bora Todorovic Bora Todorovic ... Golub
Davor Dujmovic Davor Dujmovic ... Bata
Nele Karajlic Nele Karajlic ... Falling Gypsy (as Dr. Nele Karajlic)
Branislav Lecic Branislav Lecic ... Mustafa
Dragan Nikolic ... Film Director
Erol Kadic Erol Kadic ... Janez
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Storyline

The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't mention to the workers that the war is over, and they keep producing. Years later, they break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the war is still going on. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Let the wild life of politics begin.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Language:

Serbian | German | French | English | Russian

Release Date:

20 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Podzemlje See more »

Filming Locations:

Serbia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$171,082

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,082
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Many critics rated the film negatively, calling it "a Serbian propaganda". See more »

Quotes

Marko: We're all crazy, Natalija. We just haven't been diagnosed yet.
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Alternate Versions

There is a 300 minutes version of this film produced for television. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 7 Days in Havana (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Ausencia
Written and performed by Goran Bregovic
Performed by Goran Bregovic and Cesária Évora
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ultimate film for YU-nostalgics
19 February 2006 | by slkrucicanSee all my reviews

Kusturica believes (and so do I) that countries don't fall apart but are actively ripped apart. So if you want to see a short summary of Yugoslav history 1941-92 and an artist's view of why it fell apart, this movie will tell you more about it than many political books or articles. Almost everybody is portrayed with varying degrees of guilt: the communists for lying to the people, Germany for bombing Belgrade in 1941, Germany again for supplying the weapons in 1991, all nationalists... Please do not be surprised if you read negative reviews for Kusturica has stepped on many folks' feet. Invest some time, it's one of the best films in the past 15-20 years. BTW: The soundtrack is excellent, go listen.


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