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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)

Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 23 September 2011 (Turkey)
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A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Muhammet Uzuner ... Doctor Cemal
Yilmaz Erdogan ... Commissar Naci
Taner Birsel ... Prosecutor Nusret
Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan ... Driver Arab Ali
Firat Tanis ... Suspect Kenan
Ercan Kesal ... Mukhtar
Erol Erarslan Erol Erarslan ... Murder Victim Yasar
Ugur Aslanoglu Ugur Aslanoglu ... Courthouse Driver Tevfik
Murat Kiliç ... Police Officer Izzet
Safak Karali Safak Karali ... Courthouse Clerk Abidin
Emre Sen Emre Sen ... Sergeant Onder
Burhan Yildiz Burhan Yildiz ... Suspect Ramazan / Zanli Ramazan
Nihan Okutucu Nihan Okutucu ... Yasar's wife Gülnaz
Cansu Demirci Cansu Demirci ... Mukhtar's Daughter Cemile
Kubilay Tunçer Kubilay Tunçer ... Autopsy Technician Sakir
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Storyline

In the rural area around the Anatolian town of Keskin, the local prosecutor, police commissar, and doctor lead a search for a victim of a murder to whom a suspect named Kenan and his mentally challenged brother confessed. However, the search is proving more difficult than expected as Kenan is fuzzy as to the body's exact location. As the group continues looking, its members can't help but chat among themselves about both trivia and their deepest concerns in an investigation that is proving more trying than any of them expected. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

23 September 2011 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia See more »

Filming Locations:

Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,952, 8 January 2012

Gross USA:

$152,408

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,175,849
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ercan Kesal, playing the Mukhtar in the movie, is a medical doctor in his real life. His real life experience as a doctor in the Anatolian town where the movie was also shot had inspired the director and the scriptwriter, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, to make the movie. See more »

Goofs

Once the deceased body is discovered you can see the "corpse's" thumb briefly twitch. See more »

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Alli Turnam (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)
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Totally Unexpected Take on a Police Procedural
17 December 2011 | by tgreen-233-175311See all my reviews

I think this is the best movie of 2011 so far. A very different, but brilliantly conceived three part police procedural that is really a character study of two men and how they each deal with the past. In many ways, I had a similar experience here to what I have when I read a really good novel. The characters are rich and complex, often funny, and thoroughly believable. Nothing is crammed down the audience's throat, yet there is so much detail and nuance that it becomes easy to see the two men for the basically good, complex people they are. This is a movie that respects the audience's intelligence. It is also a movie that is easily among the best shot and edited of the year. In fact, it is hard to think of a single thing that I would suggest to improve the film. I have seen other Ceylan films, but nothing of his has ever had the depth, nuance and humanity of this one.


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