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Black Cat, White Cat (1998)

Crna macka, beli macor (original title)
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Matko and his son Zare live on the banks of the Danube river and get by through hustling and basically doing anything to make a living. In order to pay off a business debt Matko agrees to marry off Zare to the sister of a local gangster.

Director:

Emir Kusturica

Writer:

Gordan Mihic
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bajram Severdzan ... Matko Destanov
Srdjan 'Zika' Todorovic ... Dadan Karambolo (as Srdan Todorovic)
Branka Katic ... Ida
Florijan Ajdini ... Zare Destanov
Ljubica Adzovic ... Sujka
Zabit Memedov ... Zarije Destanov
Sabri Sulejmani Sabri Sulejmani ... Grga Pitic
Jasar Destani Jasar Destani ... Grga Veliki
Stojan Sotirov Stojan Sotirov ... Customs Officer
Predrag Lakovic ... Priest (as Predrag-Pepi Lakovic)
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Priest (as Predrag-Miki Manojlovic)
Salija Ibraimova ... Ladybird
Zdena Hurtocakova Zdena Hurtocakova ... Black Obelisk
Adnan Bekir Adnan Bekir ... Grga Mali
Irfan Jagli Irfan Jagli ... Bodyguard
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Storyline

Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a sister, Afrodita, that he desperately wants to see get married so they strike a deal: Zare is to marry her. But none of the two care much for an arranged marriage: Zare is in love with Ida, Afrodita is waiting for the man of her dreams. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, drug use and some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the scene where mob boss Dadan (played by Srdjan 'Zika' Todorovic) talks about his father spinning in his grave, the picture on the wall is of his real life father Bora Todorovic, who played a mob boss in Emir Kusturica's Time of the Gypsies (1988). See more »

Goofs

The first time tall Grga shoots at Dadan, he fires 9 shots from his revolver without re-loading. See more »

Quotes

Matko Destanov: The Bulgarians always say: "Brother, if you can't solve a problem with money... solve it with a lot of money."
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the name of the movie isn't spelled out; a picture of a black cat and a white cat is shown instead. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Maradona by Kusturica (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Ne dolazi
Performed by Bajram Severdzan
Original music composed by R. Vuckovic
Original lyrics by D. Tukacovic
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User Reviews

 
A mesmerising, highly imaginative film - a masterpiece
9 February 2000 | by GK-12See all my reviews

This is an extremely quirky film, riddled with crazy caricatures of East European mafiosi and small time crooks. It sports some of the most imaginative characters I have ever seen on a screen (a woman who pulls nails with her buttocks?) and some of the most bizarre scenes.And yet the film is beautifully balanced, never falling into outright lunacy or losing the plot.

The scenes are at times almost nostalgic, a throwback to some simpler time when you could just have fun, no holds barred. And that is exactly what this film does for me - I have not had as much fun in ages. You will leave the theater with a feel-good factor 10 and thank out loud the people who created this gem.

Kusturica is a phenomenon.


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Language:

Romany | Serbian | Bulgarian

Release Date:

1 June 1998 (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Danube River, Serbia

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$351,447

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$351,447
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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