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Killing the Shadows (2006)

Hacivat Karagöz Neden Öldürüldü? (original title)
A story about the tragedy and the danger of humor and the humorist - A comedy as grand as the Lands of Rome...


Ezel Akay
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Haluk Bilginer ... Karagöz
Sebnem Dönmez Sebnem Dönmez ... Ayse Hatun
Beyaz Beyaz ... Hacivat
Güven Kiraç Güven Kiraç ... Kadi Pervane
Ragip Savas Ragip Savas ... Orhan Gazi
Ayse Tolga Ayse Tolga ... Nilufer Hatun
Altay Özbek Altay Özbek ... Coban
Hasan Ali Mete Hasan Ali Mete ... Kusteri
Ezel Akay Ezel Akay ... Esrefoglu Suleyman Bey
Serdar Gökhan ... Köse Mihal
Aysen Gruda ... Kam Ana
Selin Türkoglu Selin Türkoglu ... Baci Iris
Levent Kazak Levent Kazak ... Dimitri
Tansu Biçer Tansu Biçer ... Misak
Numan Acar ... Trasci Ali


This is a story of two legendary men, Karagoz and Hacivat, who lived and died by their sense of humor. Bursa, 1330. A an ancient, crowded Roman city at the border of Byzantium. Changed hands 4 years ago and the small Ottoman tribe is just being transformed as a local state, on the remains of the old Eastern Roman Empire. The story takes place in an unrecorded period time, the last 2 months in the lives of two legendary Turkish stand-up comedians, Karagoz & Hacivat? They lived and died during the first clashes of the decaying Eastern Roman Empire and the first Ottomans of the 14th century Anatolia. Their stories and characters are adapted for traditional shadow theatre of the later Ottoman Empire, in modern Turkey and all over the Middle-East, Greece, and western Asia. Their legend and the truth about their tragic deaths are twisted and distorted, although their stingy humor still lingers on. After the the leader of the growing tribe of Ottomans, Orhan Gazi, notices the talents of two ... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | History


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Music composed by Ender Akay
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An excellent playing and also scenario. A must watch Turkish movie
1 September 2006 | by girdapSee all my reviews

I have never seen such a good movie, including GORA, after the legendary Turkish movie, "Eskiya", whose player is the best player in Turkish movie history, Sener Sen.

Haluk Bilginer shows his tremendous performance ability in this movie. The young shining star Beyazit Ozturk has also a good player and his acting in this movie is remarkable.

I love the scenario, which is mostly entertaining and also finish with a tragic end.

In this movie you can watch the first signals and also source of the fall of the Great Empire, Ottomans, at the first phases. This movie is a must watch with wonderful musics, acting and video quality.

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Release Date:

17 February 2006 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Hacivat és Karagöz See more »

Filming Locations:

Orhaneli, Bursa, Turkey


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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