Dark Blue World

2001

Dark Blue World

Critics Consensus

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

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Audience Score

User Ratings: 3,660
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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, Franta and Karel chafe under the authority of their new leaders, and they escape to England, where they join other Czech exiles in the R.A.F. While flying a mission over England, Karel crash lands and happens upon the farmhouse of Susan (Tara Fitzgerald), a young woman whose husband is in the Navy. Karel soon falls head over heels for Susan, but while they enjoy a brief fling, in time Susan decides she prefers the company of the older and more worldly Franta. As Franta and Karel struggle to maintain their friendship despite their romantic rivalry, the war finally comes to a close, and the Czechs return home. Trmavomodry Svet, released in English-speaking territories as Dark Blue World, also features Anna Massey and Charles Dance. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Ondrej Vetchý
as Franta Slama
Krystof Hádek
as Karel Vojtisek
Charles Dance
as Wing Commander Bentley
David Novotny
as Bedrich Mrtvy
Lukas Kantor
as Tom Tom
Hans-Jorg Assmann
as Dr. Blaschke
Thure Riefenstein
as German Officer Hesse
Anna Massey
as English teacher
Viktor Preiss
as Major Skokan
John Warnaby
as RAF Instructor
Timothy Otis
as Radio Operator 1
William McEnchroe
as Radio Operator 2
Cestmir Randa
as Pavlata, Armourer
Sophie Wilcox
as WAAF Jane
Amy Huck
as WAAF's
Jeremy Swift
as Private Pierce
William S. Masson
as Susan's Husband
Ashley Clish
as Beth (age 4)
Lexie Peel
as David (age 7)
Gemma Scrimgeour
as Girl (age 10)
Noel le Bon
as Telephone Operator
Jan Dvorak
as Bustik, Prison Guard
Petr Burian
as Vrba Vlastik
Joseph John Comer
as English Mechanic
John Norton
as Rear Gunner Captain
Jirí Lábus
as Pub Landlord
Anna Vesela
as Jeannette
Jeff Tyler
as Radio Operator
Frantisek Vyskocil
as German Motorcyclist
Martin Dostal
as German Motorcyclist
David Fisher
as Telephonist
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Critic Reviews for Dark Blue World

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (22)

  • It's a fitting requiem for heroes forgotten.

    Jul 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • Ondrej Vetchý is impressive as the stoic Franta.

    Apr 15, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Simon Wardell

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Looks like the Eastern European version of director Michael Bay's popcorn epic from last summer.

    Apr 12, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Dark Blue World almost feels like three scripts rolled into one.

    Apr 12, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
    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.

    Apr 5, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

    Jay Carr

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

    Mar 7, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dark Blue World

  • Jan 04, 2011
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2009
    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 T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2008
    Good performances and some impressive visuals can't hide the boyishness in this film, and the surface treatment given to it's themes. A european Top Gun!
    a z Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2007
    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.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer

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