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Dark Blue World (2001)

Tmavomodrý svet (original title)
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The friendship of two men becomes tested when they both fall for the same woman.

Director:

Jan Sverák

Writers:

Zdenek Sverák (story), Zdenek Sverák (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ondrej Vetchý ... Frantisek Sláma
Krystof Hádek ... Karel Vojtisek
Tara Fitzgerald ... Susan Whitmore
Charles Dance ... Wing Commander Bentley
Oldrich Kaiser ... Jan Machatý
David Novotný ... Bedrich Mrtvý
Linda Rybová ... Hanicka Pecharova
Jaromír Dulava ... Railwayman Kanka
Lukás Kantor Lukás Kantor ... Tom Tom
Radim Fiala ... Jura Sysel
Juraj Bernáth Juraj Bernáth ... Jan Gregora
Miroslav Táborský ... Vilha Houf
Hans-Jörg Assmann ... Doctor Blaschke
Thure Riefenstein ... German Officer Hesse
Anna Massey ... English Teacher
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Storyline

March 15, 1939: Germany invades Czechoslovakia. Czech and Slovak pilots flee to England, joining the RAF. After the war, back home, they are put in labor camps, suspected of anti-Communist ideas. This film cuts between a post-war camp where Franta is a prisoner and England during the war, where Franta is like a big brother to Karel, a very young pilot. On maneuvers, Karel crash lands by the rural home of Susan, an English woman whose husband is MIA. She spends one night with Karel, and he thinks he's found the love of his life. It's complicated by Susan's attraction to Franta. How will the three handle innocence, Eros, friendship, and the heat of battle? When war ends, what then? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

War | Drama | Action | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Language:

Czech | German | English | Slovak

Release Date:

17 May 2001 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Blue World See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,541, 30 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$258,215, 2 June 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's closing epilogue states: "By the year 1951 all the Czechoslovak RAF airmen were released from the labor camps. But they remained outcasts for most of their lives. It was only in 1991 that the survivors were rehabilitated and recognized for their wartime service." See more »

Goofs

The Spitfires shown as taking part in the Battle of Britain (1940) have four-blade propellers, but the Spitfires used before 1942 had only three-blade propellers. See more »

Quotes

[after a failed operation]
Franti?ek Sláma: We lost one plane.
[a Spitfire explodes on the airport in the background]
Commander Bentley: Two planes.
Franti?ek Sláma: We were ambushed by Messerschmitts.
Commander Bentley: Caught you by surprise, didn't they. This is an air war, Sir! What did you expect to find there, flies?
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Connections

Referenced in DVTV: Jan Sverák (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Tmavomodrý svet
by Voskovec, Werich and Jezek
Performed and sang by Oldrich Kaiser
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Good, very good...
9 October 2004 | by murphys35See all my reviews

I'm Czech and soldiers (not only pilots) who escaped Czechoslovakia after Nazi's invasion in 1939 and fought against them abroad are true heroes and bravest men in our history for me. This movie from director of Academy Award winner "Kolya" (1996) is a tribute to these men. It's first big-screen movie about Czechoslovak WWII soldiers since "Nebesti jezdci" (1968). I think "Dark Blue World" is a good movie - good acting, good special effects, nice music etc. Movie is half in English and some actors are Britons. But greatest thing about this movie is it's pure existence. It's great chance to show people all around the world (and to many people in Czech Republic too...) that Czechoslovak role in WWII was not only as occupied country but as an active member of allied campaign.

Leading characters are older and wiser Frantisek and young Karel. They escaped together from Czechoslovakia, they are flying in the same squadron and they fell in love with the same woman... Maybe it's a cliché but fortunately this storyline is not so aggressive and is in good balance with other scenes (including great dogfights). I don't want to compare "Dark Blue World" with "Pearl Harbor", someone will like PH more and someone will like DBW. But if you like happy ends, DBW is not for you. So, I think it's very good movie for everyone who likes this type of stories and very good movie who wants to get to know something about this chapter of Czechoslovak history.

BTW, main theme "Dark Blue World" is from Czech 30's and 40's composer Jaroslav Jezek. He wrote this theme when he lost his eyes...


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