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DARK BLUE WORLD
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Columbia TriStar Films (UK)
Cast: Ondrej Vetchy, Krystof Hadek, Tara Fitzgerald, Oldrich Kaiser, Hans-Jorg Assmann, Charles Dance, Linda Rybova, David Novotny, Lukas Kantor, Radim Fiala, Miroslav Taborsky, Thure Riefenstein, Anna Massey, John Comer
Director: Jan Sverak
Countries: Czech Republic / UK / Germany / Denmark/ Italy
Language: Czech (English subtitles)
USA & UK: 119 mins
USA Rated: R for sexuality/nudity
UK Certificate: 12 contains mild language, sex and aerial combat
USA Release Date: 28 December 2001 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 10 May 2002
DARK BLUE WORLD, a stirring tale of heroism and romance by Oscar-winning Czech director, Jan Sverak, stars Ondrej Vetch, Krystof Hadek, Tara Fitzgerald and Charles Dance.
DARK BLUE WORLD written by the director's father Zdenek Sverak who wrote and starred in KOLYA, tells the story of two Czech pilots who escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and reach England where they join the Royal Air Force and fight in the Battle of Britain. But their intense friendship is dramatically tested when they fall in love with the same English woman.
The other stars of DARK BLUE WORLD are the Spitfires, supplied through the Old Flying Machine Company, and the incredible feats of the pilots who flew them for the film. The dazzling aerial sequences are a combination of elements, blue screen, actual live action aerial filming, models, computer graphics and out-takes from the 1969 epic THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN. These out-takes seemingly integrated into the final film, add to the scope and excitement of the dogfights, as almost all of the planes from that period are now not airworthy.