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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frantisek Sláma
... Karel Vojtisek
... Susan Whitmore
... Wing Commander Bentley
... Jan Machatý
... Bedrich Mrtvý
... Hanicka Pecharova
... Railwayman Kanka
Lukás Kantor ... Tom Tom
... Jura Sysel
Juraj Bernáth ... Jan Gregora
... Vilha Houf
... Doctor Blaschke
... German Officer Hesse
... 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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War | Drama | Action | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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17 May 2001 (Czech Republic)  »

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Dark Blue World  »

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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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The most expensive Czech movie so far. The most expensive scene from total budget of 8 milion USD is where British Spitfire attacks German train. It cost more than the whole Oscar-winning Sverak's movie Kolya (Kolja). See more »

Goofs

A significant number of the Spitfires shown are later marks than would have been used in 1940, as is evidenced by their larger (and subtly differently shaped) vertical stabilizers and two underwing radiators. (Mark I and Mark II Spitfires would have had only one underwing radiator under the starboard wing, supplemented by a much smaller oil cooler under the port wing.) Also, the scenes in which Me109's appear show aircraft with unusually large chin cowling, indicating that they were probably made in Spain under license after the war (and equipped with something other than the period-correct Daimler-Benz engine that an Me109 would have had in 1940). 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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Referenced in DVTV: Krystof Hádek (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Svítá
by Voskovec, Werich and Jezek
Performed by Orchestr Osvobozeného divadla
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supreme action, real emotion
12 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a beautifully-made film, finely balancing the fragile human stories (both before and after 1945) and the indiscriminating combat of war. The use of outtakes from Battle of Britain (a film that does not nearly so well portray the 1940s!) enhances, rather than detracts from the whole. A deeply impressive work, this lived in my memory for the 2 years since I saw it, and I have just bought it to explore the making-of extras.

I highly recommend this film (movie). Like "Aces High", it alternates between viscerally exciting (or scary) air combat sequences, where the viewer might experience actual loss of characters they'd come to care about, but also unpredictable interactions on the ground, where skillful writers and real-life experiences inform some involving and moving events. This also underlines the fact that for many people, 1945 marked not just the end of one conflict but the beginning of another, and even today we still don't recognise the loss, bravery and sacrifice of so many nameless heroes, or even worse we venerate them from a distance without allowing them to be human beings with all the emotional weaknesses that entails - making their sacrifices all the more valiant.

Watching this movie is an experience which will take you from the heights of friendship to the depths of jealousy, and back to love that endures even beyond death. If all war films were like this, we'd never have to fight again.

Did I mention it's worth watching? ;-)

10/10


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