Tmavomodrý svet (2001)

 


 

The friendship of two men becomes tested when they both fall for the same woman. Full summary »

Genre: War,Drama,Action,Romance

Tmavomodrý svet (2001)
   
Release Date: 17 May 2001 (Czech Republic)
Country: Czech Republic , UK , Germany , Denmark , Italy
Director: Jan Sverák
Cast:
  • Ondrej Vetchý
  • Krystof Hádek
  • Tara Fitzgerald
  • Charles Dance
  • Oldrich Kaiser
  • David Novotný
  • Linda Rybová
  • Jaromír Dulava
  • Lukás Kantor
  • Radim Fiala
  • Juraj Bernáth
  • Miroslav Táborský
  • Hans-Jörg Assmann
  • Thure Riefenstein
  • Anna Massey


28 Responses to Tmavomodrý svet (2001)

  1. tyranasazi-1
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    I’ve recently watched the Polish edition of this excellent film.

    One thing that strikes me is how warmly Poland is referred to by Czechoslovakian pilots in the movie. I understand that this could happen in the Britain, where Polish pilots were flying alongside Czechoslovakians – being brothers in arms, having both their countries invaded by Germany etc.

    But in 1939 they had very little reason for friendship and helping Poland. Poland and Czechoslovakia had some issues at this time, last being armed confrontation in 1938, so they were not exactly friends.

    I wonder if Czechoslovakian pilots really felt friendly toward Poland in 1939 or is it modern "adjustment" in the film.

  2. Independence76
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    I’m thinking about seeing this…

    Is there any explicit sexuality/nudity is this film?

  3. jeffyoung1
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    For some reason of mine, the character, Karel, looked very different than his fellow Czechoslovakian comrades. The others looked distinctly European. But Karel could pass as an Ivy League American boy. In fact he looked as if he would be more at home on the U.S. Northeast coastal states attending a prestigious university. Only his voice and language marked him as European. If he could learn to speak American English fluently I think he’d do good as an actor in the States. And no one would know he was from Eastern Europe.

  4. smartypantz96
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    My exact words as he went down in the water.I was so happy when he took out his inflatable and I knew he was going to save Frantisek.

    But I didn’t know that entailed dying!

    The young fellow who got his love stolen by his friend is the one that dies.

    Then Frantisek heads home and both his loves are taken by someone else. Even his dog!

    So sad!

  5. parothed05
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    I watched this movie at a friend’s house out of state and we had an interruption that prevented me from seeing about the last 10 minutes of the movie, so I don’t know how it ended, could someone please fill me in….I quit watching it as he was walking away from his dog at his former girl fiend’s house.

  6. Angel_of_Mons_1914
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    …where I can download the song "Svítá"-preferably the original version? I would be grateful for any help. I watched this movie yet again the other night and have had the song stuck in my head since.

    [Never mind…I found it! :)]

  7. squirmy_monkey
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    I did not understand this film at first. When I saw that Franta and some other Czechs ended up in a prison camp I just assumed that they had been captured by the Nazis. I did not realize until halfway through that they were actually in a Czech prison. I was confused when I saw this because I just assumed they would be hailed as heroes. After all they were fighting the Nazis who invaded their country! It would’ve helped if they had given some more background about what happened after the war and why they treated the pilots this way. It is very depressing, because you know that even if they survive all the dangerous air battles they will just go home to torture and death in their own country. It made me really sad after watching this movie. Although I thought it was excellent especially the dialog and the air battles.

  8. usherman
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    My Dad got this movie recently at the 99 cent store. I kid not. I havent seen it all but I will. Looks like a nice find.

  9. sierra08
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    These two films were published in the same year and it´s a shame – although the Czech film was much better (the eternal triangle and other characters were streghtened by better dialogues and acting), the main interest was given to the second one.

  10. SipteaHighTea
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    I wonder why did not the prisoners in the Czech prison camp did not kill the SS doctor and other SS men? If you were a member of the SS, you left that country as quick as you can. I know that after the war, Germans particulary ethnic Germans who lived in Czechslovkia were killed, expelled, or thrown in prison camps where they died from poor brutal conditions. I wonder how many survie the camps and what year they were finally released from prison?

  11. BringBackWriting
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    First, did anyone else think the star of this movie bore a striking resemblance to a younger Robert DeNiro?

    This movie was generally excellent though there was too much emphasis given to the love triangle in England. So much was left unanswered at the end for the star of the movie. Very frustrating.

    SPOILER: The STUPID part …………………………………………………

























    was when the star deliberately crahed his plane to break the ice with his good friend. That was the single most UNBELIEVABLE scene I’ve ever seen in a war movie. Such stupidity in an otherwise excellent movie is a mystery.

  12. coped
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    I just watched "Tmavomodrý svet/Dark Blue World" and was very impressed from start to finish. If you also enjoyed it then you must watch "Piece of Cake", a British miniseries from 1988 with Tom Burlinson and Tim Woodward. Very similar to Dark Blue World but much more in-depth being a miniseries; colorful characters from around the globe join the R.A.F and find romance and glory during the Battle of Britain. Superb acting and great aerial cinematography. Both films are very moving.

  13. stareko
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    I must react to the comment of Tord S. Eriksson. He told a squadron leader don’t land in enemy teritory to pickup a friend, no matter how close they are. But it’s a real story of one our WWII hero (F. Fajtl). He fight in BoB and this his story was borrowed in Dark Blue World. It’s not a Biggless adventure.

  14. PrincessMagical
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    I was watching this movie last night and couldn’t stop cracking up when Charles Dance was talking to that guy about flies…It wasn’t just what he said but how he said it..That was hilarious!!! I love Charles Dance!!!

  15. tsarup-1
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    I remember seeing something in the local Blockbuster some weeks ago. A movie where it looked like there were Spits in it.

    Any ideas on what movie that could have been? I have tried looking various places, but no luck :(

  16. jack_dolores
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    I haven’t seen this movie yet but it seems to be very good, why wasn’t this movie nominated in Best foreigner movie? The effects looks very good and the story looks godd. I don’t know maybe it’s very bad? Is it worth buying this movie?

  17. UltimoSupremo
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    I loved all the scenes with Barcha. A man and his dog… I was wondering if anyone knew what type of Spaniel it was. Field Spaniel? Springer? Cocker?

  18. rypadielko
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    Well folks, I am from Slovakia, so I’ll just explain this. I haven’t seen this movie with subtitles. In original version there are NO subtitles…if you don’t understand English or German….well, neither did many of Czechoslovakian pilots, so what’s up? It is really perfect and realistic.

    But to the point: I don’t know how it was translated, but just in case you didn’t understand: in Czech (or Slovak) there is only one word for both "lend" and "borrow". I am just trying to excuse Karel. Maybe he looked stupid or what, but the point of this was how difficult it was for our boys to learn so many things at once. If you have any question about translating or anything else, just ask. (For instance the situation in Czechoslovakia after 1948 and so on)

  19. habejr
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    what does svet mean?

  20. vanligochserios
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    This film was actually very good in many ways.

    But I’m very suprised that noone have yet mentioned that many scenes were taken from "Battle of Britain" and one very obvious scene from "Memphis Belle".

    But they have managed to do some very nice editing work though, adding shells and lightningtrails in aerial scenes from "Battle of Britain". And Apparently some scenes recorded back in 1969 that wasn’t used in the film then.

  21. noob_powa1
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    i understand the nazi invasion and world war 2 in 1939 but how did the czech pilots that fought in britian end up in a soviet pow camp in 1950? i thought they only kept nazis and the part when karel attempts to save his drowning officer and ends up doing so costing his life was it a set up or real? seems like frantisek set it up to win his friendship again eg. turning off controls and jumping out when his plane was in a fine condition and also how did the radio seem to be cut out? dont u automatic need it when u take off and fly?

    by the way this movie was great not like some rip off flick!!!!

  22. tsarup-1
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    I remember seeing something in the local Blockbuster some weeks ago. A movie where it looked like there were Spits in it.

    Any ideas on what movie that could have been? I have tried looking various places, but no luck :(

  23. atik10
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    I’d go as far to say that "Tmavomodrý svet" is the best of the lot.

    It’s totally realistic all the way but still very moving.

    The Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia is depicted with out distortion, just the way it was, the country was overrun without resistance (unlike in "Pearl Harbor (2001) where Ben Affleck shoots down half of the Japanese invading force).. Then we see how the Czech pilots having escaped to England to continue the fight, were for a long time grounded by their English superiors even though they were more than qualified to fly combat missions (this did indeed occur to both the Polish & Czech squadrons). The causalties are (maybe even too) realistic and also the fact how some pilots developed a fear for flying is pointed out, without making the character a coward.

    99% of the usual war films fail in what this Czech masterpiece triumphs in; portraying a friendship that is tested in both love and in war.

    Ondrej Vetchý is just brilliant and I couldn’t belive how little experience his co-star Krystof Hadék had before this film (he is like born for the role of Karel).

    Even the supporting actors like Rybová & Kaiser stand out in their roles, even if Oldrich Kaiser looks maybe a bit too old to be a fighter pilot (most were in their mid or early 20s) he still gives such an account of himself that you belive his character really existed.

    In all this film is a success in every level, there is realism, drama, suspence & a very good story.

    I tip my hat to Jan and Zdenek Sverák, the cast & crew.. Thank you for making this film!

    Roger, here we go.. Tally Ho!

  24. MisterKyle
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    Were RAF pilots really allowed to fly over occupied-france looking for targets of opportunity?

    I believe the spitfire was a short-range fighter.

  25. smartgiraffe2
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    could somebody take a screenshot of Sophie Wilcox from the movie and post it on this page? she plays WAAF Jane (VERY SMALL PART) according to the credits. i’m a big fan of hers and i’m really curious to see what she looks like in this movie. last time i saw a picture of her was in the bbc production of "the chronicles of narnia". so if someone would do that, it would be great. thanks!

  26. harri24
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    I got the movie last year on DVD and thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately I have a problem with the subtitles. I can only watch it with them on or off. Obviously with them off I don’t know what is being said by the Czechs and with them on they appear for the English dialogue as well which is a little annoying. Has anyone else found this and is there an answer?

  27. thetrumumshow
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    Have just watched this film and live in the area where a lot of the Battle of Britain took place (am actually in Hornchurch, which was a front-line fighter base during the Battle of Britain). There’s a scene where they’ve just taken off and are told to head for North Weald, when suddenly they’re flying over the White Cliffs of Dover – North Weald is quite a long way from the White Cliffs, even as the Spitfire flies!! And in another scene they are told to intercept a bomber that’s flying over the White Cliffs as "he’s heading for Sheffield!!" How can they tell that? Just because he’s flying over the Kent Coast doesn’t automatically mean he’s heading for Sheffield. He could have been going anywhere.

    But apart from that I really enjoyed the film and found a lot of it to be quite magical and the photography is superb, especially the aerial shots.

  28. K_Uni-in-Exile
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    While I love the Spitfire and the Mustang, it makes me very sad that we cannot see the 190 and the 109 with the same frequency. Of course it was a good thing that the allies won the war but I just wish we hadn’t scrapped so many of the few remaining German fighters, so that, instead of those lame-o Spanish 109s we could see some real ones! Just a thought, and this board needs more activity anyways!

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