Dark Blue World (2001)



Critic Consensus: While it's better than Pearl Harbor, Dark Blue World still spends too much time on a trite love triangle.

Movie Info

The friendship of two men is tested by war, political upheaval, and romantic rivalry in this drama from Czech filmmaker Jan Sverak, whose Kolya became an international success. Lt. Franta Slama (Ondrej Vetchy) is a top pilot in the Czech Air Force who is assigned to train a promising young flier, Karel Vojtisek (Krystof Hadek). Franta and Karel both share a great enthusiasm for the thrill of blazing across the sky, and they become fast friends; however, when Nazi Germany invades Czechoslovakia, … More

Rating: R (for sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Zdenek Sverák
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 28, 2002
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as Franta Slama

as Karel Vojtisek

as Wing Commander Bentl...

as Bedrich Mrtvy

as Hanicka

as Tom Tom

as Dr. Blaschke

as German Officer Hesse

as English teacher

as Major Skokan

as RAF Instructor

as Radio Operator 1

as Radio Operator 2

as Pavlata, Armourer

as WAAF Jane

as WAAF's

as Private Pierce

as Susan's Husband

as Beth (age 4)

as David (age 7)

as Girl (age 10)

as Telephone Operator

as Bustik, Prison Guard

as Vrba Vlastik

as English Mechanic

as Rear Gunner Captain

as Pub Landlord

as Jeannette

as Radio Operator

as German Motorcyclist

as German Motorcyclist

as Telephonist
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Critic Reviews for Dark Blue World

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (26)

It's a fitting requiem for heroes forgotten.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Looks like the Eastern European version of director Michael Bay's popcorn epic from last summer.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Dark Blue World almost feels like three scripts rolled into one.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A bittersweet world, and it's frankly one to which we've been before, but seldom do we see it rendered with such exquisite, if pained, craftsmanship.

April 5, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Dark Blue World's warm story and beautiful photography almost hits the mark, and it has a great ending.

Full Review… | March 7, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Pearl Harbor without the product placements, without the Hollywood bombast, and certainly without the $100-million-plus budget.

February 28, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dark Blue World

Compelling and well crafted movie that tells the little-known true story of heroic pilots for whom WWII never really ended.

Krystof Hádek is outstanding, I continue to be impressed with the quality of Czech actors and films.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Well unfortunately for the 2001 film "Pearl Harbor", I think I have found a film that beat it in being more engaging and more dramatic, despite a less-popcorn movie feel, and the non-100 million dollar budget!

Dark Blue World, or (Tmavomodry svet), isn't going to win you with high priced action scenes and effects, but it will get you with a lucid story line, that is drenched in heartfelt dialouge and makes you feel pride.

So what about the acting? Well of course this film is forgien and includes both Czech and English dialouge, but you can still really feel that they know what they are doing on screen and are just as good as our Hollywood counterparts, and maybe , especcialy in this film, maybe even better then some of them.

The score was rather impressive , although it wasn't as good I expected, but rather still as good as I was hoping. It really meshed well in the right action scenes, mellowing out when it was a really good time for it to slow down.

Yes, somehow this film kept me thouroghly enganged throughout, and I rather found this film as a little gem for my collection. I am not sure why, but this film is a film in which you never hear of it, but when you do, you can't stop not hearing about it, from yourself!

Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

A Czech film about Czech fighter pilots flying for the R.A.F in world war two, the immediate build up and the aftermath. I found it very interesting to see this inspiring and also tragic tale from a Czech perspective. Fans of war films will obviously like it but there's a great deal here of a human and historical nature to fulfil a wider appeal too.

The Shrewlord

Super Reviewer

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