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Marko / Actor playing Marko (as Miki Manojlovic)
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Crni (Blacky) / Actor playing Blacky
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Natalija / Actress playing Natalija
Slavko Stimac ...
Ivan
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Jovan
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Vera
Milena Pavlovic ...
Jelena
Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic ...
Deda (as Bata Stojkovic)
Bora Todorovic ...
Golub
Davor Dujmovic ...
Bata
Nele Karajlic ...
Falling Gypsy (as Dr. Nele Karajlic)
Branislav Lecic ...
Mustafa
Dragan Nikolic ...
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Erol Kadic ...
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The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't mention to the workers that the war is over, and they keep producing. Years later, they break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the war is still going on. Written by Anonymous

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20 June 1997 (USA)  »

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Podzemlje  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The state-owned Radio Television of Serbia had a small role in financing the film, and the film used rented Yugoslav Army (VJ) equipment as props. See more »

Quotes

Marko: We're all crazy, Natalija. We just haven't been diagnosed yet.
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Referenced in Blast from the Past (1999) See more »

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Symphony Nº9 From the new world
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ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!
18 July 1999 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie on the indie channel, I taped it. I immediately watched it again, totally stunned by the extent of energy, imagination, ideas, images with which I was being blasted. Talk about a universal masterpiece! This movie should be required viewing on every screen, large & small in the US. We Americans lead such narrow sheltered lives; we are so eager to see things in black & white, to have our opinions dictated by columnists & newscasters. This movie should take off a few blinders. On the other hand, people will still opt for easy cartoon ideologies over the indisputable truth about the ferocious & predatory predilictions of all "sides" of humanity. Thank god for visionary humorists like Kusturica.


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