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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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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

Director cameo Emir Kusturica as an arms dealer negotiating to acquire weapons from Marko ( Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ) 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

Featured in Cannes... les 400 coups (1997) See more »

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Underground Tango
Written and performed by Goran Bregovic
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Underappreciated
28 August 2001 | by vanflesherSee all my reviews

If you get a chance to see this projected on a sheet in an unheated high school gym with hard chairs and flat Pepsi, DON'T MISS IT. You can get a VHS copy--DO IT. (Unfortunately, there's no DVD ... YET, right, New Yorker Films?) I walked into an art house theatre in Nashville, Tennessee, no reviews, no word of mouth, just this poster of a woman wearing a red dress, her arms wrapped around the barrel of a tank's cannon. I came out one second (or was it two and half hours?) later a different person. People and movies are imperfect things--this one is messy, joyous, horrific, ecstatic, beat, danceable, romantic, provocative, drunk--this movie tastes like Slivovitz and sounds like Heaven's carnival. And there's a monkey. Once there was a country ...


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