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.

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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
R (for sexuality/nudity)
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Ondrej Vetchý
as Franta Slama
Krystof Hádek
as Karel Vojtisek
Charles Dance
as Wing Commander Bentley
Oldrich Kaiser
as Machaty
David Novotny
as Bedrich Mrtvy
Linda Rybová
as Hanicka
Lukas Kantor
as Tom Tom
Radim Fiala
as Sysel
Juraj Bernath
as Gregora
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
Caroline Holdaway
as Mrs. Brett
Timothy Otis
as Radio Operator 1
William McEnchroe
as Radio Operator 2
Cestmir Randa
as Pavlata, Armourer
Sophie Wilcox
as WAAF Jane
Charlotte Fairman
as WAAF Sally
Lucy Fillery
as WAAF's
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)
Blaise Colangelo
as Twin Ann
Sienna Colangelo
as Twin Mary
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 (21)

It's a fitting requiem for heroes forgotten.

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

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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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
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Audience Reviews for Dark Blue World

It is pretty much the same movie as Pearl Harbor and it tries to cram in too many emotional urges into one film.

Greg Davis
Greg Davis

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.

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The Shrewlord

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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
Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

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