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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 ... See full summary »

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Emir Kusturica

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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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Details

Language:

Romany | Serbian | Bulgarian

Release Date:

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

Also Known As:

Black Cat, White Cat See more »

Filming Locations:

Danube River, Serbia

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,359, 12 September 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$348,660, 12 December 1999
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 Dom za vesanje (1988). See more »

Goofs

When Zare escapes from Dadan on the ladder, Dadan catches him by the right ear. In the next shot he is holding Zare's left ear. 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

References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Jek Ditharin
(Jedne Zore)
Performed by Braca Lavaci
Traditional music
Arr. V. Kostic
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The Sounds of Music
10 December 2002 | by vertigoandstrangeloveSee all my reviews

Emir Kusturica's films all pulsate wildly to the wonderful sounds of authentic gypsy music. Guitars, fiddles, accordians and all manor of horns are as much a part of their lives as eating and sleeping.

Song and dance feature heavily in "Black Cat, White Cat," Kustruica's finest and most complete film to date. The music isn't really a soundtrack, but is largely, physically written into each scene (performed with gusto by musicians who often follow the characters around). Indeed, the 'bad-guy' character of Dadan scarcely has a scene where he isn't swinging or dancing along to something (even a bizarre pop/rock song makes a comic cameo). But the other characters have their musical moments as well.

"Black Cat, White Cat" has a large cast and a sprawling storyline, largely resolving around two gangsters - Dadan and the hapless Marko - and their attempts to outwit each other. Things come to a head when Dadan tries to force Marko's son to marry his spinster sister as a repayment for one of his father's debts.

But the plot is largely unimportant in a film of this type. The viewer is simply swept away in a good natured deluge of funny lines, inventive slap-stick, unusual settings and colourful supporting characters (a particular favourite: the old man who continually re-watches the last two minutes of "Casablanca"). All you need to do is sit back and enjoy. Oh...and listen to the music.


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