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Dark Blue World (2001)

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Release Date
• USA: Dec 28, 2001
• UK: 13 Nov 2001
DVD Release Date
• R1: May 28, 2002

Budget $8,000,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for sexuality/nudity.

Running Time
1 hour, 52 minutes

Country Czech Republic, UK, Germany, Denmark, Italy

Production Companies
Biograf Jan Sverak, Ceská Televize, Czech Film Fund, Dark Blue World, Eurimages, Fandango, Helkon Media AG, Phoenix Film Investments, Portobello Pictures

Studio Sony Pictures Classics

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Genre: Action, Romance, War, Drama, World War II, Love Triangle, Experimental, Buddies, Culture Clash

Plot: In 1939, as Hitler and Germany ran roughshod over Eastern Europe, many people escaped, including Czech pilots who joined up with the British Royal Air Force to fight the Nazis. Jan Sverák's moving war drama, DARK BLUE WORLD, details the story of one such group of Czech pilots who are at first laughed at by their British superiors until they prove themselves in the air. Ondrej Vetchy stars as Franta Sláma, the father figure to this motley group of men who desperately want to win back their country. Krystof Hádek plays Karel Vojtísek, Franta's young daredevil protegee who falls in love with an older British woman, Susan (Tara Fitzgerald), whose soldier husband is missing in action. When Franta and Susan grow close, everything threatens to erupt.

Sverák, whose previous film was the Oscar-winning KOLYA, has crafted a beautiful film filled with believable, complex relationships, well-drawn characters, and plenty of finely choreographed air-battle scenes between the young, headstrong Czechs and the perfectly organized Nazis. The acting is excellent, especially the love triangle of Hádek, Vetchy, and Fitzgerald, and terrific support is provided by Oldrich Kaiser as Machaty, the piano-playing Gable look-alike. The film's politics are based on real events; when the Czech pilots who flew

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