• Dark Blue World (2001)

Dark Blue World

Release Date: December 28th, 2001

DVD Release Date: May 28th, 2002

R |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

Jan Sverak ("Kolya") directs this uplifting film about a hallowed Czech fighter pilot (Ondrej Vetchý) who must train a much less experienced colleague (Krystof Hádek). When the country is invaded by the Nazis in 1939, the pilots are forced to work fast. Eventually they escape to England, where they band together with other pilots and join the RAF, a decision which will haunt the men years later.

Cast: Ondrej Vetchý, Krystof Hádek, Tara Fitzgerald, Oldrich Kaiser, Hans-Jorg Assmann, Charles Dance, Anna Massey

Director: Jan Sverák

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Fandango, Biograf Jan Sverak

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Keywords: 1940s , 1930s , Love interest , Emotional , Love triangle , England , Sacrifice , Father , 1950s , Soldier , Escape , Love , Friendship , Friend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Marta BarberMiami Herald

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

  • 75
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    The film mixes unashamed kitsch, thrilling airfight scenes and dark historical drama. But what gives it a special charge is its portrait of the Czech RAF group: what happened to them before, during and after the war. show more

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Dark Blue World is "Pearl Harbor" without the product placements, without the Hollywood bombast, and certainly without the $100-million-plus budget. show more

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