June 20th, 1997



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The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations...

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 8.1/10 (20,076 voted)

Director: Emir Kusturica

Stars: Miki Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic

The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't mention to the workers that the war is over, and they keep producing. Years later, they break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the war is still going on.

Writers: Dusan Kovacevic, Emir Kusturica

Miki Manojlovic - Marko / Actor playing Marko
Lazar Ristovski - Crni (Blacky) / Actor playing Blacky
Mirjana Jokovic - Natalija / Actress playing Natalija
Slavko Stimac - Ivan
Ernst Stötzner - Franz / Actor playing Franz
Srdjan Todorovic - Jovan
Mirjana Karanovic - Vera
Milena Pavlovic - Jelena
Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic - Deda (as Bata Stojkovic)
Bora Todorovic - Golub
Davor Dujmovic - Bata
Dr. Nele Karajlic - Falling Gypsy
Branislav Lecic - Mustafa
Dragan Nikolic - Film Director
Erol Kadic - Janez

Release Date: 20 June 1997

Filming Locations: AB Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA:  | (director's cut)

Did You Know?

Emir Kusturica threatened to quit film-making when Serbian critics denounced his epic work as propaganda promoting a united Yugoslavia.

Marko: A war is no war until the brother kills his brother.

User Review

Brilliant Cracking Thriller!!......

Rating: 10/10

Those who have seen "Underground" have probably noticed that we are not watching one film but a collection of at least 10 films in one single masterpiece!!

I watched with great enthusiasm the work of Kusturica after "Underground" in films like "Arizona Dream" or "Black Cat White Cat" films which prove to be more elaborate and "smoother" in terms of direction (brilliant works as well!!) but none of these films could ever equal the "nerve" and strength of a very young Kusturica at his best! One could see the passion and boldness that is at stake in this motion picture. It's as if he gambled his own life doing "Underground"

How else can you describe this work of art if not a mixture of devilish and holy images that take the shape of a flawless piece of theater-dance!!

The actors speak, dance and create (more than interpret) with a vigor rarely found outside the Balkan Circle!

In terms of theatrical aesthetics the film incorporates Stanislavski( realism at its best), Brecht (at certain points the actors step out of their roles and mock at themselves) and Artaud (they are flames more than humans)

Needless to say more!

Shocking, raw, heart-breaking!!

One of the most beautiful I have ever seen! 10/10


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