Underground (1995)



Critic Consensus: Offering an insightful look at Communist Eastern Europe through the microcosm of a long friendship, Underground is an exhausting, exhilarating epic.

Movie Info

This allegorical European black comedy examines the past 50 years, between 1941 and 1992 in Yugoslavia's history. The subtitled film is over three hours long, and is divided into three segments. The protagonists are band-leader Marko and his best friend Blacky who in Belgrade, 1941, were simultaneously communist patriots and racketeers. When the Nazis invade Belgrade, the men take their families down to an enormous wine cellar where the rebels have set up an underground munitions factory. There … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Dusan Kovacevic, Emir Kusturica
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 23, 2003



as Petar Popara/Blacky

as Dr. Strasse

as Dr. Mirkovic

as Russian Driver

as Partisan

as Falling Gypsy

as Film Director

as Police Inspector

as Girl from the Tunnel

as Woman Prompter

as Investigator No. 1

as Investigator No. 2

as Lady in the Theater ...

as Partisan No. 1

as Partisan No. 2

as Assistant Director

as Boat Dancer

as Driver in Tunnel
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Critic Reviews for Underground

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (10)

Delirious in its excess, but never less than ferociously intelligent and operatically emotional, Underground represents one of those rare, exhilarating moments when an outsize artistic vision is fueled by an apparently unlimited budget. Not to be missed.

Full Review… | September 23, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A triumph of mise en scene mated to a comic vision that keeps topping its own hyperbole.

Full Review… | September 23, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A rich, vibrant, visually spectacular survey of the changes the place has gone through during the past 50 years.

Full Review… | September 23, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Kusturica takes us from wacky farce to harrowing grief to lyrical fantasy to bloody horror. To ignore any side of Underground is to do it injustice.

Full Review… | September 23, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Underground is a bizarre, often repellent anti-war parable that takes forever to state the obvious but hits some scattered high notes on the way.

Full Review… | September 23, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

Emir Kusturica's epic black comedy about Yugoslavia from 1941 to 1992 is a three-hour steamroller circus that leaves the viewer dazed and exhausted, but mightily impressed.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Underground

One of the best films I ever saw. A surreal, poetic, unique and dark comedy about war, pride, friendship and illusion. An controversial epic of Emir Kusturica.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

One of the best black comedies I have ever seen! Comedy typically doesn't do so well with war time settings; but, with such characters, you can't help but laugh.While Yugoslavia as a country may no longer exist, its essence and spirit live strong.

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer


Totally surreal tale of two brothers' resistance against the German occupation of Yugoslavia. They form an underground society to help the communist effort by producing weapons. This is an epic film that covers 50 years in three hours as the crazy Serbs continue their fight against the fascist foe right up to the civil war.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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