Underground (1995)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marko / Actor playing Marko (as Miki Manojlovic)
Crni (Blacky) / Actor playing Blacky
Natalija / Actress playing Natalija
Slavko Stimac ...
Ernst Stötzner ...
Franz / Actor playing Franz
Milena Pavlovic ...
Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic ...
Deda (as Bata Stojkovic)
Bora Todorovic ...
Davor Dujmovic ...
Nele Karajlic ...
Falling Gypsy (as Dr. Nele Karajlic)
Branislav Lecic ...
Dragan Nikolic ...
Film Director
Erol Kadic ...


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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Comedy | Drama | War


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Release Date:

20 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Podzemlje  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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The director's cut ran for over 320 minutes. See more »


Ivan: Bila jednom jedna zemlja. Once upon a time... there was a country...
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Featured in Special Collector's Edition: Underground (2013) See more »


Written and performed by Goran Bregovic
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Brilliant Cracking Thriller!!......
23 December 2004 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

Those who have seen "Underground" have probably noticed that we are not watching one film but a collection of at least 10 films in one single masterpiece!!

I watched with great enthusiasm the work of Kusturica after "Underground" in films like "Arizona Dream" or "Black Cat White Cat" films which prove to be more elaborate and "smoother" in terms of direction (brilliant works as well!!) but none of these films could ever equal the "nerve" and strength of a very young Kusturica at his best! One could see the passion and boldness that is at stake in this motion picture. It's as if he gambled his own life doing "Underground"

How else can you describe this work of art if not a mixture of devilish and holy images that take the shape of a flawless piece of theater-dance!!

The actors speak, dance and create (more than interpret) with a vigor rarely found outside the Balkan Circle!

In terms of theatrical aesthetics the film incorporates Stanislavski( realism at its best), Brecht (at certain points the actors step out of their roles and mock at themselves) and Artaud (they are flames more than humans)

Needless to say more!

Shocking, raw, heart-breaking!!

One of the most beautiful I have ever seen! 10/10

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