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Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)

R | | Drama, War | 26 November 1997 (USA)
Journalist Flynn from the U.S., Michael Henderson from the U.K., and their teams meet at the beginning of the Bosnian war in Sarajevo. During their reports, they find an orphanage run by ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Dillane ... Michael Henderson
Woody Harrelson ... Flynn
Marisa Tomei ... Nina
Emira Nusevic Emira Nusevic ... Emira
Kerry Fox ... Jane Carson
Goran Visnjic ... Risto Bavic
James Nesbitt ... Gregg
Emily Lloyd ... Annie McGee
Igor Dzambazov Igor Dzambazov ... Jacket
Gordana Gadzic Gordana Gadzic ... Mrs. Savic
Juliet Aubrey ... Helen Henderson
Drazen Sivak Drazen Sivak ... Zeljko
Vesna Orel Vesna Orel ... Munira
Davor Janjic Davor Janjic ... Dragan
Vladimir Jokanovic Vladimir Jokanovic ... Emira's Uncle
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Storyline

Journalist Flynn from the U.S., Michael Henderson from the U.K., and their teams meet at the beginning of the Bosnian war in Sarajevo. During their reports, they find an orphanage run by the devoted Mrs. Savic near the frontline. Henderson gets so involved in the kids' problems, that he decides to take one of the children, Emira, illegally back to England. He is assisted by American aid worker Nina.

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To get the story, they'll risk everything. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal images/war atrocities and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Woody Harrelson has appeared in such politically themed movies as LBJ (2016), where he played the title nickname character of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, Game Change (2012), Barry Levinson's political satire Wag the Dog (1997), Battle in Seattle (2007), and Welcome to Sarajevo (1997). The following year after LBJ (2016), Harrelson played the title character in Wilson (2017), but this was not former President Woodrow Wilson, as with the earlier Wilson (1944). See more »

Goofs

When the bus is stopped by the Chetniks, the gun of the leader alternates between being a type of Kalashnikov and a French FAMAS. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: In 1991, the country of Yugoslavia began to fracture into separate nations. On the pretext of maintaining Yugoslavia's integrity, the Serbian dominated Yugoslav army attacked first Slovenia, then Croatia.
Title Card: In April 1992, in the hope of securing international protection, Bosnia declared its independence. This was rejected by many Bosnian Serbs. Aided by the remnants of the Yugoslav army, they set out to claim as much territory as they could.
Title Card: They systematically cleansed towns and ...
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Soundtracks

Don't Worry Be Happy
Written by Bobby McFerrin
Performed by Bobby McFerrin
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Nice piece of work for Hollywood
1 April 1999 | by dmihicSee all my reviews

Although this movie makes a nice film about the heart-wrenching situation in Bosnia-Hercegovina, it should not be taken for it's portrayal of a current event. The movie seems to have been made as a historical film (a la "The Killing Fields")but instead failed due to its one sided portrayal of the situation. The film ignores the truth of a country that has gone wrong, but instead blames a certain group who terrorizes another. Both sides lost by participating in a war which this film often overlooks. It was OK in the sense of entertainment value but no awards who overlooked this film made a mistake either. If you want to watch a quality film on the situation, watch "Pretty Village, Pretty Flame" (Lepo Selo Lepo Gore); it fulfills what "Welcome to Sarajevo" lacks.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Serbian | Bosnian

Release Date:

26 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome to Sarajevo See more »

Filming Locations:

Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,920, 30 November 1997

Gross USA:

$334,319

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$334,319
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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