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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 »

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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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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)
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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

The film was selected as the Serbian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 68th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. 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 Blast from the Past (1999) See more »

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Symphony Nº3 Organ
Written by Camille Saint-Saëns
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Challenging, beautiful, ridiculous, funny, deeply profound and stoically alive.
13 July 2010 | by samferolfilmsSee all my reviews

Underground by Emir Kusturica is absolutely phenomenal. Blending 60 years of history, wars, politics, ideas, lies and tragedy into 170mins with, irony, vibrancy, music, life, poetry and beauty whilst still retaining a genuine optimism in the face of it all.

Effortlessly. An entertaining dark comedy that weaves how generations of people get screwed over by the corruption of their politicians and their own friends out for selfish gain. So much density of politics and history compressed into such a personal story expressed through actual war footage, real political figures, self reflexivity, theatricality, music and a totally relentless narrative that isn't afraid to switch up from comedy to tragedy from one scene to the next without pandering to formulaic structure in an effort to satisfy an audience.


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